New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 10/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+6)
Target Center is where the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (0-3) on Saturday. New Orleans opens as 6-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total comes in at 225.5.
The Pelicans stepped onto the hardwood against the Timberwolves and ended up losing by a score of 96-89 in their last contest. New Orleans wrapped up the contest with a 34.8% field goal percentage (31 out of 89) and converted 9 of 40 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Pelicans converted 18 of 23 tries for a rate of 78.3%. Concerning pulling down boards, they collected 61 with 21 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 15 assists for the contest in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and getting 10 steals. Pertaining to the defense, New Orleans allowed the other team to shoot 40.6% from the field on 39 of 96 shooting. Minnesota doled out 47 assists and had 22 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Minnesota grabbed 34 rebounds (13 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Minnesota finished the game shooting 60.0% when shooting free throws by making 6 of their 10 shots. They converted 12 out of their 38 shots from distance.
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Jonas Valanciunas is someone who was a major contributor for the matchup. He had 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He played for 36 mins played and totaled 17 boards. Valanciunas shot 60.0% from the field and also dished out 2 assists.
New Orleans will enter this contest with a mark of 0-3 on the year. They currently have an average of 99.3 points per game (26th in the league) while hitting 41.6% from the field. The Pelicans are hitting 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc (37 of 99) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, New Orleans is snagging 49.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 69 dimes this year, which ranks 14th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 20.3 times per game and as a group they commit 19.3 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Pelicans have forced 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.7 personal fouls. The Pelicans are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 48.1% (47 of 50) and they relinquish 46.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 25th in the league in giving up assists with 78 conceded for the season. They relinquish 42.9% on shots from downtown while they are 17th in the league in points per game allowed (113.7).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Timberwolves walked away with a victory by a final of 96-89 when they faced the Pelicans. The Timberwolves were able to snag 34 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the matchup. They also turned it over 19 times, while recording 13 steals in the game. The Pelicans were called for 28 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for a total of 10 shots. They were able to make 6 of them for a rate of 60.0%. Concerning shots from distance, Minnesota made 12 out of 38 attempts (31.6%). In all, the Timberwolves went 39 for 96 from the floor which had them shooting 40.6%. The Timberwolves allowed the Pelicans to convert 31 out of 89 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 34.8% for the game. They wrapped up this game 22.5% from distance by shooting 9 of 40 and finished the contest at 18 out of 23 at the charity stripe (78.3%). With respect to rebounding, Minnesota permitted New Orleans to pull down 40 overall (21 on the offensive side).
Anthony Edwards pitched in for the Timberwolves in this matchup. He converted 8 out of 22 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 36.4%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. Edwards accumulated 19 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and earned 5 assists for the game.
Minnesota has a record of 2-0 this year. Minnesota has accumulated 220 pts this year (110.0 per game) and they average 46.5 rebounds per game. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 23.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Timberwolves are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which has them ranked 20th in the NBA. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.0 times per game (15th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 19.0 times per contest. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 7th in the league in points given up per game with 97.5. They have given up 18.0 dimes and 51.0 boards per contest, which ranks them 1st and 24th in basketball. The Minnesota defense gives up 27.4% on shots from 3-point land (20 of 73) and their opponents are connecting on 73.3% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 27.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (4th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Orleans (+6)
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