The NBA is set up with a strong night of action throughout May 1. Ten games are up on the board throughout Saturday night. One of these matchups will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have struggled this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
New Orleans has gone 28-35 throughout this season, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are three games out of the final playoff spot in the West and need to get going soon. New Orleans is coming off a win in their last game. The Pelicans need to get a winning streak going if they want a win in this one.
The Timberwolves have put up a record of 20-44 to this point in the season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. Minnesota has already been eliminated this season and will look to play for pride as the season nears its end. The Timberwolves has won four games in a row and will look to keep this streak going. Minnesota will look to sweep the Pelicans with a win in this one.
These two teams are sitting outside of the playoff picture so far this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Pelicans are still in the race for a playoff spot, but will need to kick it into gear sooner rather than later. Minnesota has struggled throughout this season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. I expect the Timberwolves to try and keep their winning streak alive on Saturday night.
The Pelicans and the Timberwolves have met up twice already this season. Minnesota hosted the first game back on January 23. Brandon Ingram dropped 30 points, while Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points. Naz Reid finished with 20 points. Anthony Edwards added 18 points off the bench to help lead the Timberwolves to a 120-110 win at home.
The second game of the season series was in New Orleans on March 11. Zion Williamson scored 24 points on the night. Steven Adams added 13 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough. Jaylen Nowell dropped 28 points, while Anthony Edwards scored 27 points. Jaden McDaniels added 20 points off the bench to give the Timberwolves a 135-105 win.
Minnesota has dominated the season series against the Pelicans so far this season. The Timberwolves have been much worse this season, but have had New Orleans number. The Pelicans will look to bounce back with a much needed win in this one. New Orleans will need their defense to step up in this one if they want to avoid another loss to Minnesota.
Field Goal Shooting
New Orleans has been solid shooting the ball from the field this season. The Pelicans have made around 48.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. New Orleans has sunk 35 percent of their shots from deep, which is 24th in the league. The Pelicans have been shooting 73.3 percent from the free throw line, which is 29th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have struggled shooting the ball all season long. Minnesota have made 44.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the league. The Timberwolves have shot 35.1 percent from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the NBA. Minnesota has drained 76.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 21st in the league.
The Pelicans have been better shooting the ball this season and have also been better on defense. New Orleans has held opposing teams to a 46.9 percent from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. The Timberwolves have allowed their opponents to shoot 48.2 percent from the field, which is 29th in the league. New Orleans will need to attack Minnesota’s defense better in this one.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have been the leaders for New Orleans so far this season. Williamson has averaged 27 points and 7 rebounds per game. Ingram is averaging 24 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 14 points and 6 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 12 points per game to round out the lineup.
Karl-Anthony Towns continues to be a leader for the Timberwolves. Town is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell has averaged 19 points and 5.5 assists per game. Anthony Edwards is averaging 18.5 points per game in his rookie campaign. Naz Reid has averaged 11 points per game to help finish Minnesota’s lineup.
These two teams have had similar lineups throughout this season. Williamson and Ingram have been huge for the Pelicans this season. New Orleans is without Nickeil Alexander-Walker in this one, but Minnesota has been missing Malik Beasley. Both teams will look for some players to step up in this one to earn the win on Saturday night.
The Pelicans are still very much in the playoff race this season, but they need to earn wins like this one against the struggling Timberwolves. Minnesota has dominated New Orleans throughout this season and will look to sweep the season series with a win in this one. I think that the Pelicans will come out much stronger in this one though to grab a big win.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Pelicans at home in this one. I agree with this line as New Orleans has been better this season. Minnesota is on a four game winning streak, but I think the Pelicans will end that with a win in this one. I am taking New Orleans to break through in this one against the Timberwolves.