Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Online Sports Betting, Las Vegas Basketball Odds, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
28-40 March 19, 6:00 PM | Smoothie King Center 28-41
Minnesota at New Orleans, Sports Betting Lines
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: 6 p.m. ET, FSN North Plus (Minnesota), FSN New Orleans
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 –Minnesota Timberwolves +3½ -110 +140 Ov 208½ -110
712 –New Orleans Pelicans -3½ -110 -160 Un 208½ -110

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at Smoothie King Center.

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (28-40): Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 30.5 points and 13 rebounds over the last four outings, but it resulted in just one victory and an 0-2 record on the current three-game trip. Andrew Wiggins, who combines with Towns to score 47.3 per game, had 26 points against Miami, but the Timberwolves allowed the surging Heat to shoot 58.8 percent from the field. Point guard Ricky Rubio has raised his level of play in March, especially in the past five games where he is averaging 20.8 points and 10.6 assists.

ABOUT THE PELICANS (28-41): Forward Solomon Hill stepped up with more playing time in the last four games, especially Friday when he poured in a career-high 30 points with six 3-pointers. “We just capitalized on some of the things they did and just took advantage of it,” Hill told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I just want to show (coach Alvin Gentry) that I can do multiple things just to help the team.” Davis posted 24 points and 15 boards in the win over Houston for his 41st double-double – ninth in the league, 11 behind Towns (second).

Oddsmakers currently have the Pelicans listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Timberwolves, while the game’s total is sitting at 208½.

The New Orleans Pelicans look to sweep the three-game season series when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in a battle of teams who have not met expectations. The Timberwolves lost three of the last four and New Orleans boasts wins in three of its past four contests, including Friday’s surprising 128-112 victory over Houston without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup.

Cousins (ribs, knee) is considered day-to-day, but the Pelicans are 2-0 without him and 3-7 with him since he was acquired from Sacramento before the trade deadline – despite his averages of 20.7 points and 11.7 rebounds. “Obviously, going from a place where (Cousins) was the center of everything to playing with (Anthony Davis) now and the way we want to play and moving, it’s going to take time and learning,” New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday told reporters of the addition of Cousins. Minnesota had won six of eight games since the latest dip and would need a huge run to get back into playoff contention after a dispiriting 123-105 loss at Miami in Friday. “You have to have mental toughness to get through and endure when things aren’t going your way, you can’t cave in,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. “We have to change our mindset and I have to drive.”

New Orleans won its last outing, a 128-112 result against the Rockets on March 17. The Pelicans covered in that game as a +6.5-point underdog, while the 240 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 123-105 result against the Heat on March 17. The Timberwolves failed to cover in that game as a +4-point underdog, while the 228 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 28-40 SU,32-36 ATS
Minnesota is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road

New Orleans:
Team record: 28-41 SU,33-34-2 ATS
New Orleans is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Orleans’s last 15 games
New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to San Antonio Tuesday, March 21
New Orleans home to Memphis Tuesday, March 21

NBA HOOPS TIPS

1. The Pelicans won nine of the last 11 meetings, including both this season by 37 points combined.

2. Minnesota F Shabazz Muhammad averaged 18 points on 14-of-24 shooting the last two contests.

3. New Orleans G Wayne Selden Jr., who was signed to a 10-day contract recently, scored 11 points in the win over Houston.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: New Orleans Pelicans will cover the spread at -3.5 and the game will go over 208½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Pelicans 108, Timberwolves 102 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
MIN TEAM NOH
104.9 PTS FOR 103.3
105.2 PTS AGNST 106.0
-0.3 DIFF. -2.6
31.4 DEF REBOUNDS 35.5
11.6 OFF REBOUNDS 8.7
46.6 FG% 44.6
79.3 FT% 74.4
7.5 3 POINTERS 9.3
7.7 STEALS 7.7
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing New Orleans
Minnesota is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing New Orleans
Minnesota is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New Orleans’s last 15 games
New Orleans is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 5 games when playing Minnesota
New Orleans is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota
New Orleans is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs New Orleans’s Overall Defense 104.9 15 106.0 17
Minnesota’s Away Scoring vs New Orleans’s Home Defense 103.1 17 106.9 23
Minnesota’s Road Rebounds vs New Orleans’s Home Rebounds Allowed 42.8 16 49.0 30
New Orleans’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 103.4 21 105.2 16
New Orleans’s Home Scoring vs Minnesota’s Road Defense 106.2 18 107.5 16
New Orleans’s Home Rebounds vs Minnesota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 45.9 6 42.2 5
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is the second worst team for three points made in the league with 7.5 per game.
Minnesota has the third worst field goal percentage against allowing 46.9.
Minnesota is third in rebounds allowed in the league at 40.5.
NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans has the worst rebounds allowed in the league 48.4.

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