Pelicans-Wolves: Anthony Davis vs. Karl-Anthony Towns? Yes Please!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 1:34 PM UTC

It’s a must-see matchup between big men Wednesday when the Pelicans visit the Timberwolves and former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns face off.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">New Orleans (7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS) at Minnesota (5-9 SU, 6-8 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Wolves ATS &amp; Over</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569948, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,93,19,1275], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569948, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,93,19,1275], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Would the New Orleans Pelicans had been legitimate NBA title contenders this season had they landed All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves? We will never find out as the Wolves’ trade of Butler to Philadelphia was made official on Monday.</p><p>However, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Minnesota and New Orleans</a> had substantive discussions about Butler. The Pelicans were simply unwilling to give up All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday or a bunch of future first-round picks. Instead, the Wolves got Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick from the 76ers.</p><p>It’s the first meetings of the season between the Pelicans and Wolves, meaning our first look at arguably the two most talented big men in the league in the Pels’ Anthony Davis and Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. Both were one-and-done stars at Kentucky and then No. 1 overall picks: Davis in 2012 and KAT in 2015.</p><p>Last season, Minnesota was 4-0 vs. New Orleans and only one game was decided by single digits. Davis averaged 23.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks. Towns averaged 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds. The Pelicans still have won 10 of the past 16 overall in the series.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;This young fan put on a show during halftime of &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Raptors&lt;/a&gt; / &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@PelicansNBA&lt;/a&gt; action!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;📺: &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@NBATV&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— NBA (@NBA) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 13, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Pelicans Off Stunner</h2><p>The Toronto Raptors had been unbeaten overall with Kawhi Leonard in the lineup and yet to lose at home, but the Pelicans were mega-impressive as 9.5-point underdogs Monday night and rolling to a shocking 126-110 victory in the North. Davis had 25 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, and E’Twaun Moore had maybe the game of his life in shooting 13-for-18 for a season-high 30 points.</p><p>Forward Nikola Mirotic (ankle) sat for the second straight game and Julius Randle was great for the second straight game with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Let’s not forget Holiday, who had 29 points and 14 assists. The Pelicans outscored the Raptors 72-42 in the paint and snapped a six-game losing streak against Toronto. Wow!</p><p>Minnesota clearly felt unburdened with Butler gone as it ended a five-game losing streak Monday with a 120-113 win over the visiting Nets. Towns was 9-for-11 for 25 points along with a season-high 21 rebounds, while Jeff Teague had 24 points and Derrick Rose 23 in a two-point guard starting lineup. Andrew Wiggins was questionable to play but did and had 13 points.</p><p>The Philadelphia guys didn’t debut Monday because the trade only cleared that afternoon. They should here. I would imagine both Covington and Saric start eventually but perhaps not right away – maybe Covington does so Rose can go back to anchoring the second unit. Plus, Covington is the only guy on the team who plays defense.</p><ul> <li>Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota.</li> <li>Over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.</li></ul><p>I’m going parlay on this one for <a href="" rel="nofollow">Wednesday NBA picks.</a> The Pelicans are set up for a letdown game so take the Wolves ATS. Also love the ‘over’ between two of the NBA’s softest defenses.</p>
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