New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: 1/23/2021 NBA Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on January 23, 2021

The Minnesota Timberwolves (3-11) are underdogs (+8) in their attempt to end a four-game losing streak when they host the New Orleans Pelicans (5-9) at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Target Center. The matchup airs on FS-N. The over/under is set at 223.5 in the matchup.

Betting Information

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Betting Information
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total Odds
Pelicans-8-110-110223.5-110-110
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Head to Head

Minnesota has come out on top in six of its last 10 head-to-head matchups against New Orleans. The Pelicans hold a 2-1 advantage against the spread when facing off with the Timberwolves.

Pelicans vs Timberwolves in 2020-21
DateFavoriteHome TeamSpreadTotalFavorite MoneylineUnderdog MoneylineGame TypeResult
3/8/2020PelicansTimberwolves-7247.5-290234Regular Season120-107 NO
3/3/2020PelicansPelicans-11247.5-611453Regular Season139-134 MIN
12/18/2019TimberwolvesTimberwolves-3230-154127Regular Season107-99 NO
2/8/2019PelicansRegular Season122-117 NO
1/12/2019TimberwolvesRegular Season110-106 MIN
12/31/2018PelicansRegular Season123-114 NO
11/14/2018TimberwolvesRegular Season107-100 MIN
2/3/2018TimberwolvesRegular Season118-107 MIN
1/6/2018TimberwolvesRegular Season116-98 MIN
11/29/2017PelicansRegular Season120-102 MIN
  • 3/8/2020 DNP – Pelicans: JJ Redick; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • 3/3/2020 DNP – Pelicans: JJ Redick; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • 12/18/2019 DNP – Pelicans: Zion Williamson; Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Pelicans Betting Information

    • New Orleans has struggled against the spread, going 5-9 on the year.
    • The Pelicans have struggled to cover, going just 0-1 ATS when favored by at least 8 points.
    • In 8 of 14 (57.1%) contests this season, New Orleans and its opponents have hit the over.
    Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans to win the NBA Championship.

    Timberwolves Betting Information

    • Minnesota has covered the spread in fewer than half of its games, going 5-8-1 ATS.
    • Minnesota and its opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their games this season — 6 of 14 (42.9%).
    Bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Pelicans and their opponents have put up more than 223.5 points in 357.1% of their games this season (50 of 14 opportunities).
    • Minnesota and its opponents have combined to score at least 223.5 points in 57.1% of their games this season (eight of 14 chances).
    • The two teams average a combined 9.3 less points per game (214.2) than this game’s over/under of 223.5 points.
    • The Pelicans and the Timberwolves have seen their opponents average a combined 3.6 more points per game than the over/under of 223.5 set in this matchup.
    • The Pelicans’ average point total in outings this year is 218.9, 4.6 points less than the total in this game.
    • The average total in Timberwolves games this season is 1.1 fewer points than the point total of 223.5 for this outing.
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    Pelicans Leaders

    • Zion Williamson leads the Pelicans scoring 23.7 points per game.
    • Brandon Ingram leads New Orleans with 4.8 assists per game and Steven Adams paces the team with 9.5 rebounds per outing.
    • Ingram makes 2.1 threes per game to lead the Pelicans.
    • New Orleans’ blocks leader is Ingram, who records 0.9 per game. Lonzo Ball leads the team averaging 1.2 steals a contest.

    Timberwolves Leaders

    • The Timberwolves go-to guy, D’Angelo Russell, leads the team in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.5 assists per game).
    • Juancho Hernangomez collects all of the boards and is the Minnesota leader in rebounds, getting 5.3 per game.
    • Russell is tops from three-point range for the Timberwolves, knocking down 3.0 threes per game.
    • Ricky Rubio is at the top of Minnesota’s steals hierarchy with 1.5 steals per game and Naz Reid leads the squad in blocks with 1.4 per game.
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