New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 10/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+5)
The New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) are hitting the road to Target Center on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0). New Orleans opens this game as 5-point underdogs. The over/under is 225.
The Pelicans played the 76ers and took a loss by a final of 117-97 in their last contest. New Orleans wrapped up the game with a 41.9% FG percentage (39 out of 93) and buried 13 out of their 30 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans made 6 of their 9 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 44 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 dimes in the game while forcing 5 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In regard to defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 51.8% from the field on 44 out of 85 shooting. Philadelphia dished out 47 dimes and had 24 steals in this game. On top of that, Philadelphia snagged 41 rebounds (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Philadelphia went 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 16 of 20 attempts. They knocked down 13 of 25 tries from 3-point land.
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Nickeil Alexander-Walker is one player who was a factor in this game. He racked up 23 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 mins played and grabbed 5 rebounds. Alexander-Walker finished the game at 56.3% from the floor and earned 1 assist.
New Orleans will play this game with a record of 0-1 this season. They are giving up possession 14.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 16.0 fouls per game. As a team, New Orleans is grabbing 44.0 boards per game and has accounted for 28 assists on the season, which is 11th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Pelicans are shooting 43.3% on three-point shots (13 of 30) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 97.0 points per outing (25th in the league) while going 41.9% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Pelicans are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 11.0 personal fouls. They rank 12th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 24 conceded this year. The Pelicans defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 51.8% (13 of 11) and they surrender 47.0 boards per game as a team. They are giving up 52.0% on shots from distance while they are 17th in basketball in PPG allowed (117.0).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 124-106 when they faced the Rockets. The Timberwolves recorded 33 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 46 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 18 times, while earning 18 steals for this contest. The Rockets had 24 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the free throw line for a total of 31 tries. They were able to make 24 of those for a percentage of 77.4%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota knocked down 16 of their 38 attempts (42.1%). In all, the Timberwolves went 42 out of 87 from the field which had them shooting 48.3%. The Timberwolves allowed the Rockets to bury 40 of 88 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 45.5% in this matchup. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 11 out of 33 and finished the game at 15 of 22 at the free throw line (68.2%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Minnesota permitted Houston to snag 29 in total (12 offensive).
Anthony Edwards was important for the Timberwolves for the matchup. He converted 10 of 21 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 47.6%, and earned 6 rebounds. Edwards earned 29 points in his 31 mins of playing time and added 3 dimes in this contest.
Minnesota has a win-loss record of 1-0 for the campaign. Minnesota has scored 124 pts on the year (124.0 per contest) and they average 46.0 boards per game. The Timberwolves have committed 22.0 fouls per contest and they hit 77.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Timberwolves are shooting 48.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 9th in the league. They are dishing out assists 26.0 times per game (12th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 18.0 times per game. The Timberwolves on defense are ranked 11th in the league in points per game surrendered with 106.0. They are able to force 24.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the floor (15th in the league). The Minnesota defense gives up 33.3% on 3-point shots (11 of 33) and their opposition makes 68.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 21.0 dimes and 41.0 boards every game, which is 10th and 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Orleans (+5)
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