Pelicans vs. Timberwolves Prediction

NBA Predictions: Will Hot Pelicans Cover as Underdog vs. T-Wolves? 2/3/18

Will a hot New Orleans Pelicans team cover the point spread versus the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET?

Who Oddsmakers Like: Minnesota. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Timberwolves are 8.5-point home favorites to beat the Pelicans, who opened as 8.5-point underdogs. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 220 but has climbed to 221.

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Who Public Bettors Like: New Orleans. As of Saturday morning, 52% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Pelicans to cover the spread. Meanwhile, 70% of the betting tickets are on the over.

Who We Like: New Orleans. Even though they're playing on back-to-back nights, the Pelicans are too good to pass up taking 8.5 points. They're 4-0 against the spread in their last four games versus an opponent with a winning record. They're also 4-1 against the number in their last five road games versus an opponent with a home winning percentage of greater than .600.

The Pelicans have also covered the number in four of their last five road games. They're also 4-1 at the betting window in their last five road games versus an opponent with a winning home record. Finally, New Orleans has covered the spread in five of its last seven games versus Northwest opponents. After upsetting the Clippers last night in L.A., I'm going back to the well with the Pelicans.

SATURDAY NBA PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS +8.5

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