The Minnesota Timberwolves travels to the Big Easy on Friday to battle the New Orleans Pelicans. The T’Wovles take on Orlando on the road on Thursday, meaning they must face the Pelicans in the second of a back-to-back. Will the T’Wolves get it done, or can the Pelicans win and cover?</p.
Timberwolves vs Pelicans NBA Spread & Game Analysis
- When: Friday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 pm ET
- Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: Minnesota / New Orleans
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: New Orleans -4 (-109)
Why Minnesota Timberwolves are a good bet ATS?
Not counting their Thursday night battle versus Orlando, Minnesota has a 25-28 record. Not great, but it doesn’t make the T’Wolves the worst team in the NBA. Heck, they’re not even the worst team in the Western Conference.
More importantly when it comes to the game against New Orleans on Friday night, Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the few players that can hang with Pelicans center Anthony Davis. If Davis doesn’t play, Pelicans plan on trading him after the season, Towns should be even more effective. He can lead the T’Wolves to at least a cover victory.
- Points/G: 111.3
- Field Goal %: 44.8
- 3-Point %: 34.8
- Free Throw %: 79.6
- Rebounds/G: 45
- Points/G: 111.2
- Field Goal %: 46.1
- 3-Point %: 36.8
- Free Throw %: 75.5
- Rebounds/G: 45.3
Why New Orleans Pelicans are a good bet ATS?
New Orleans held Anthony Davis out of the Pelicans’ last couple of games while trying to make a trade. Even with Davis sitting out, the Pelicans played well.
They beat Chicago 125-120 as a -1.5 road favorite in their last. Before the win, New Orleans had lost 6-of-7 with the only other victory a 121-116 game against the Houston Rockets on the road. More surprising than that? Although the Pelicans lost SU, they won most of the 7 ATS, going 6-1 against the spread. Overall, New Orleans is the better team and should win and cover.
- Points/G: 116.2
- Field Goal %: 48
- 3-Point %: 35.1
- Free Throw %: 77.3
- Rebounds/G: 46.9
- Points/G: 114.9
- Field Goal %: 46.3
- 3-Point %: 36.7
- Free Throw %: 75
- Rebounds/G: 44.3
NBA Betting Trends for Timberwolves vs Pelicans
- Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 games
- Minnesota is 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went OVER in 18 of Minnesota’s last 25 games
- New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
- New Orleans is 2-6 SU in the last 8 games
- The total went UNDER in 9 of New Orleans’s last 12 games at home
Timberwolves vs Pelicans Final NBA Betting Analysis
Although Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, he also knows he’s stuck in the Big Easy until the end of the season. Davis has said he wants to play in every game.
The Pelicans, though, might have other thoughts. New Orleans definitely doesn’t want Davis to get hurt before they can trade him. That makes Davis’ availability for this battle on Friday night questionable.
Even if Davis plays, Minnesota could offer value. They underperformed versus Orlando on Thursday night and figure to be dogs no matter if AD hits the court or not. Taking the points makes sense because if Davis plays, the Pelicans will limit his minutes while the T’Wolves will be all in on Towns. Timberwolves to cover’s the play.
NBA Betting Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves ATS