Pelicans struggling in favorite role

Timberwolves vs. Pelicans NBA 2/27/16 Picks & Predictions

The Pelicans are taking on a brutal Timberwolves team tonight at 7:00PM ET but New Orleans hasn't exactly fared well as a favorite.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Pelicans are 5-point home favorites versus the Timberwolves while the over/under is currently sitting at 219.5. While the side hasn't seen much movement, the total has jumped a full point since it opened at 218.5.

The Pelicans have stunk as a favorite this season, covering the spread just seven times in 20 opportunities. They haven't fared much better as a home favorite, going 7-12 against the spread in 19 chances and that includes a 1-5 mark when they're favored by between 3.5 and 6 points.

Bettors love New Orleans to cover the spread tonight vs. Minnesota

On the other side, the Timberwolves have had plenty of opportunities as an underdog and they've actually been profitable as a dog this season. They're 22-19 against the number as an underdog overall but are also 15-10 as a road dog this season and 16-12 ATS in all road games this year.

There's not a ton of value in the line but fading the Pelicans as a favorite has been profitable this season and could be again tonight.

SATURDAY NBA FREE PICK: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES +5

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