Timberwolves @ Pelicans: Minnesota travels to New Orleans on Friday night
Timberwolves @ Pelicans NBA odds, spreads and predictions
The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans on Friday night.
The Timberwolves will look to get back on track as they are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the latest of which came on Thursday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves in a 122-112 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Andrew Wiggins contributed 23 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks, and Dario Saric added 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Timberwolves in the loss.
When is it? Friday February 8th
What time is tip off? 9:30 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Smoothie King Center
Which channel is it on? ESPN
The New Orleans Pelicans had lost three games in a row but bounced back on Wednesday night with a win.
Julius Randle finished with a game-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists in the Pelicans' 125-120 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Jrue Holiday added 18 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, Jahlil Okafor contributed 13 points and five rebounds, and Darius Miller and Kenrich Williams chipped in 12 points apiece for the Pelicans in the win.
Timberwolves @ Pelicans Spread
The New Orleans Pelicans are giving the Timberwolves 2.5 points in this matchup.
I like the road team and the points in this one.
I think the Minnesota Timberwolves are certainly underachievers but they are a team loaded with talent, led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
I believe the Timberwolves will go on the road and come away with the win.
Definitely take Minnesota and the points in this basketball game.
Timberwolves @ Pelicans Over/Under
The over/under is set at 228 total points.
My final score prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves 118, New Orleans Pelicans 114.
Take the over in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
The best player between these two teams is certainly New Orleans' Anthony Davis. The problem is he's still out with an injury and he's unlikely to play in this matchup.
So, the second best player? Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns.
Towns leads the Timberwolves in points (22.8 ppg), rebounds (12.2 rpg), and blocks (1.8 bpg). He's clearly going to be the key factor in this matchup between two teams currently out of the playoff picture in the loaded Western Conference.
The Wolves will also look to rely on Andrew Wiggins (17.7 ppg) and Derrick Rose (18.3 ppg) off the bench.
There's no doubt Towns will need help from his fellow teammates to come away with a win in this one, however, he will need to shoulder a majority of the load if the Wolves want to have a chance on the road.