Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this primetime matchup at the Smoothie King Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Minnesota is 1-3 SUATS over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 106-97 setback to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 12.5-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 199.
The Timberwolves played that high-profile affair without the services of star forward Kevin Love, who is listed as questionable with a stiff neck on the current injury report.
NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 16-6 SU and 15-7 ATS when playing teams with a losing record.
Fallen into a pattern
New Orleans has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 105-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks as 2.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.
The Pelicans evened up their record at 12-12 when playing at their newly-renamed arena.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 41-43 ATS when playing in the second half of the schedule.
Life on the road
Minnesota has compiled a 10-16 SU record on the road during the 2013-14 campaign, including a 5-10 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents.
The Timberwolves have won eight of their last 12 meetings overall with the Pelicans, including three of the last five when playing away from home.
Davis is becoming a star
The Pelicans are led on both ends of the floor by forward Anthony Davis, who is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
Davis was held out of a 88-77 defeat to Minnesota on Jan. 29 because of a finger injury, but he’s still on pace to become the first player in the entire NBA to average 20/10/3 in the statistical categories I referenced earlier since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 1999-2000.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Pelicans as one of their NBA picks, as the home team has covered the number in the last five overall meetings in this series.
Free NBA Pick: New Orleans Pelicans