Another day and we are yet again hoping that the New Orleans Pelicans can snap the team’s losing streak, this game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It is getting pretty old having to start these preview articles with “the New Orleans Pelicans are off to a terribly slow start this season”. The team has now lost 13 games in a row and it feels like there is no end in sight.
The Pelicans almost got it done on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. The team was up 93-91 late in the game but could not keep the Nets from tying and then could not make another basket in regulation.
The game headed to overtime, where the Nets simply outplayed the Pelicans. The Nets scored 15 points in overtime opposed to the Pelicans’ eight and not only won the game but covered as well.
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The Pelicans are now tasked with a back-to-back against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After hosting Brooklyn and going to overtime, the Pelicans had to hop on a plane and fly up to Minnesota for tonight’s game.
This is having an impact on the line as the Pelicans are seven-point underdogs, according to the Action Network. While the Pelicans have been really bad, that is a big line for a 10-15 team to get.
Against the spread prediction (Record: 13-12-1): Minnesota Timberwolves -7
For the first time all season, I am finally over .500 and the only reason that I have a winning record is that about halfway through this losing streak I committed to picking against the New Orleans Pelicans in every game until they outright won.
Not only have they continued to lose but they have only covered once, which came in the team’s seven-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Aside from that, the Pelicans have been treating me well with their losing ways.
This is absolutely a game that the Pelicans could win and is a line that is probably way too high based on how the Timberwolves have played this season. However, the Pelicans are still coming off of an overtime loss in a back-to-back, that is going to have a toll on the team.
Plus, the Pelicans might not have to matchup against Karl-Anthony Towns, who is a nightmare matchup for the team. Towns is averaging 26.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season and the Pelicans have allowed the fourth-most points in the paint this season.
Towns is questionable in this game with a sprained left knee. Minnesota has not played since December 13, so he has had time to rest it.
Either way, this will be an interesting game. We have one team with a 13-game losing streak coming off a back-to-back that is playing a team with a seven-game losing streak that has not played in five days.