A pair of conference rivals face off tonight as the Timberwolves (20-21, 14-6 home) host the Pelicans (20-22, 5-16 away) at 8:00 p.m. EST at Target Center.
These two teams have tangled two times this season, with the Pelicans winning once. The last time they clashed on January 1st, 2019, New Orleans won 123-114 behind 33 points from Julius Randle.
The Timberwolves opened as 2.5-point favorites for this game, with a projected point total of 234. Visit one of our most trusted sportsbooks to make a wager today. New Orleans is 19-23-0 against the spread this season and 23-19-0 over/under. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 22-19-0 ATS and 21-20-0 over/under.
New Orleans enters the game ranked 26th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 114.8 points per contest and are holding opposing teams to 46.0% from the floor and 36.0% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 117.2 points and are seventh in rebounds and fourth in assists.
On the flip side, Minnesota ranks 13th in offensive rating. The Timberwolves are averaging 111.6 points per game on 43.0% shooting and are 20th in rebounds and 13th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 111.0 points per game and are 16th in field goals allowed and 27th in three-pointers allowed.
Both clubs have been active lately. The Timberwolves are coming off of a 117-119 win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City in which they shot 11 for 31 from deep were out-rebounded 55-54.
The Pelicans, meanwhile, are fresh off a 140-124 win against the Cavaliers in New Orleans in which they handed out 33 assists and had seven steals. Anthony Davis led the way with 38 points.
Overall, the Pelicans have won five of their previous ten games and are 12th in the Western Conference, while the Timberwolves have have come out on the losing end of four of their previous ten and are 11th in the Western Conference.