The NBA season is back in gear and set up with another great slate of basketball on Monday night. Nine games are up on the board throughout October 25. One of these matchups will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have had opposite starts, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
New Orleans has opened up this season with a record of 0-3, which has them sitting in last place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming off a disappointing finish to last season and will look to step up this season. New Orleans will look to shake off this rough start with a big win on Monday night on the road.
The Timberwolves have put up a record of 2-0 to open up the new season, which has them sitting at the top of the Western Conference. Minnesota has put together two strong matchups to start out this season, but still have a while to go. After another rough season last season, the Timberwolves will look to take a big step in the right direction this season.
These two teams are filled with young talent and will be looking for a pivotal win on October 25. The Pelicans have struggled to get going, but can change it up with a win in this one. Minnesota will look to keep their perfect start going. If either team can control the pace early in this matchup, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|New Orleans Pelicans||+6 (-115)||+190||Over 224 (-110)|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-6 (-105)||-220||Under 224 (-110)|
|Team Data||New Orleans Pelicans||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Away/ Home Record||0-2||2-0|
|PPG Away/ Home||100.5||110|
|PAPG Away/ Home||112||97.5|
New Orleans Pelicans
- 68-75 ATS in last three seasons
- 61-86 SU in last three seasons
- 37-38 ATS in last 75 games as an underdog
- 34-32 ATS in last 66 road games
- 16-24 ATS in first half of season
- 10-12 ATS in last 22 games after three or more straight losses
- 57-77 ATS in last three seasons
- 44-94 SU in last three seasons
- 14-20 ATS in last 34 games as a favorite
- 25-44 ATS in last 69 home games
- 15-21 ATS in first half of season
- 26-36 ATS in last 62 games against team with losing record
These two teams met up three times last season. The Pelicans went 2-1 in those matchups against Minnesota. The Pelicans and Timberwolves have already met up once this season as well. Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 25 points, while Anthony Edwards scored 19 points in route to a win. Minnesota earned a big 96-89 win in that matchup.
Final from MN, onto the next ? pic.twitter.com/77qlGgETDf
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 24, 2021
Field Goal Shooting
The Pelicans have struggled shooting the ball early in this season. New Orleans has made around 41.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. The Pelicans have also shot 37.4 percent from deep, which is 12th in the league. New Orleans has drained 77.1 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 11th in the NBA.
Minnesota has not been much better shooting the ball so far this season. The Timberwolves have drained around 44.3 percent of their shots, which is 18th in the league. Minnesota has also been shooting 36.8 percent from behind the arc, which is 14th in the NBA. The Timberwolves have shot 73.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 18th in the league.
Neither team has been great shooting from the field, but the Timberwolves have been strong defensively. Minnesota has held their opponents to a 40.1 percent from the field, which is 4th in the league. New Orleans has allowed opposing teams to shoot 48.1 percent from the field, which is 24th in the NBA.
Brandon Ingram has stepped up for New Orleans early in the season with Zion Williamson out. Ingram is averaging 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker has averaged 17.3 points and 8 rebounds, while Devonte’ Graham is averaging 16.7 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas rounds out the lineup, averaging 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards have been strong throughout the start of this season. Towns is averaging 27.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Edwards has averaged 24 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 17 points per game to help round out this big three.
These two teams have seen their stars step up early in this season, but will look for the bench to pick it up in this one. The Pelicans will need players like Jaxson Hayes and Josh Hart to step up with Williamson out for a while longer. Minnesota will look to shut down this New Orleans team again though on Monday night.
The Pelicans have yet to get it going early in this season, but I think they will earn their first win against Minnesota on Monday night. New Orleans has a solid team entering play and were able to keep it close in the first meeting with the Timberwolves. Now I think the Pelicans will come in with a revised gameplan as they try to snag a big victory.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -220 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Timberwolves will win this game around 68.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be much closer to even with neither team making the postseason a season ago. I think that New Orleans has a good chance to steal this one on the road and as huge underdogs, I really like the value.