New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/23/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue:  Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Where to Watch:  BSN+

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Pelicans +6.5, Timberwolves -6.5; Over/Under:  228 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Pelicans +6.5, Timberwolves -6.5; Over/Under:  227.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Pelicans +6.5, Timberwolves -6.5; Over/Under:  228 points
 

Season Record

New Orleans Pelicans:  0-1 (4th place, Southwest Division)
Minnesota Timberwolves:  1-0 (2nd place, Northwest Division)
 
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New Orleans Pelicans vs Minnesota Timberwolves Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
New Orleans Pelicans:  lost at home on Oct. 20 against the Philadelphia 76ers 117-97.
Minnesota Timberwolves:  won at home on Oct. 20 against the Houston Rockets 124-106.
 
 
 

New Orleans Pelicans Analysis

The Pelicans are coming into this game with a 0-2 record overall to start their season off and they are 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have already started their new season with 2 straight losses against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls in their last game. Brandon Ingram led the team in points in that game with 26 along with 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Devonte' Graham was 2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Ingram also led the team in assists in that game with 8 while he and Jonas Valanciunas both led the team in rebounds with 8 each. Their offense has been averaging 104.5 PPG in their first 2 games while their defense is allowing 122.5 PPG. They opened as a 6.5 point underdog in their last game against the Bulls with the point total opening at 224 but dropping to around 222 points by closing. The Pelicans did not cover the spread in that game losing to the Bulls by 16 points while that game went over the total with 240 points.
 
 

Minnesota Timberwolves Analysis

The Timberwolves are coming into this game with a 1-0 record to start their season off and they are 1-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They won their first game of the season last Wednesday against the Rockets 124-106. Karl-Anthony Towns had a massive opening night as he led his team in points with 30 along with 2 assists and 10 rebounds. Anthony Edwards also put up a great performance as he had 29 points, 3 assists and 6 rebounds in that game. D'Angelo Russell also put up a lot of points with 22, 7 assists and 3 rebounds but those 3 key players were the core of the offense while they did not get a lot of help from the bench players in that one. Russell led the team in assists with 7 while Towns led the team in rebounds with 10. Their offense is averaging 124 PPG while their defense is allowing 106 PPG although they have only played 1 game this regular season. They opened up as a 4.5 point favorite in that game with the line moving to 6.5 by tip off while the point total was set at 228.5 and got up to around 232 points by the time that line closed. They covered the spread in that game winning by 18 points while the game went over the opening line but stayed under the closing line with 230 total points. 
 
 

 

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction

The Timberwolves are coming into this game as a 6.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Pelicans have not looked good in their 2 games losing both of them by almost 20 points each. Now they are on a road trip here and are really hurting without Zion Williamson in the lineup. The T-wolves looked really good in their 1 game but they were up against a bad Rockets team. The Pels are not any better than Houston though so this should be an easy win for Minnesota here at home. The best bet to place in this game is on the Timberwolves to cover the spread in this game.
 
Pelicans Timberwolves Prediction:  Our free NBA Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Timberwolves 127 Pelicans 108.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
New Orleans Pelicans: 272-263 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 451-421 ATS as an underdog. 296-285 ATS as a road underdog. 382-380 ATS in road games.
Minnesota Timberwolves: 236-254 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 942-1032 ATS in all games. 69-83 ATS when the total is 220 to 229.5. 393-434 ATS as a favorite. 286-311 ATS as a home favorite. 455-530 ATS in home games.
 

Key Injuries

 
New Orleans Pelicans:  J. Hart (SG) Ques Fri - Quadricep injury. Z. Williamson (PF) Out indefinitely - Foot injury.
Minnesota Timberwolves:  N. Knight (PF) Ques Sat - Toe injury. P. Beverley (PG) Elig Sat - Suspension.
 

Players to Watch

 
New Orleans Pelicans: Brandon Ingram is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in points per game and in assists per game this season. He is coming off of a game where he led his team in points again and he is their biggest offensive force that they have right now. Look for him to keep carrying the team in their games as he has another big performance in this one to avoid another road loss.
 
Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points per game and in rebounds per game this season. He led the team with a massive performance in their season opener scoring 30 points himself. Look for him to build on that in this game with another big performance as he looks to get off to a hot start this season and get his team another home win.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"Ton of positives." - Willie Green on his team’s performance in their loss to the 76ers.
 
 
"The energy goes up, and then next play, you're going to see a lot of people playing really hard to back it up. It's great. It's a morale boost." Karl-Anthony Towns on having fans back in the building for their games this season.
 

Starting Lineups

 
New Orleans Pelicans
PG     Devonte' Graham
SG     Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF     Brandon Ingram
PF     Naji Marshall
C     Jonas Valanciunas
 
Minnesota Timberwolves
PG     D'Angelo Russell
SG     Anthony Edwards
SF     Josh Okogie
PF     Jaden McDaniels
C     Karl-Anthony Towns
 

Statistical Leaders

 
New Orleans Pelicans
PPG: B. Ingram (25)
APG: B. Ingram (6)
Reb/G: J. Valanciunas (12)
 
Minnesota Timberwolves
PPG: K. Towns (30)
APG: D. Russell (7)
Reb/G: K. Towns (10)
 
Coaches:
New Orleans Pelicans: Willie Green (1st season)
Minnesota Timberwolves: Chris Finch (2nd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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