Through 3 Quarters
The experts predicted a win for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it's no sure thing at this point. Either team is in a position to win, but they lead against the New Orleans Pelicans 71-67.
The Timberwolves have enjoyed the tag-team combination of center Karl-Anthony Towns and shooting guard Anthony Edwards. The former has 22 points along with four rebounds and three blocks, while the latter has 16 points and four assists in addition to six boards. Towns does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four.
Center Jonas Valanciunas has led the way so far for New Orleans, as he has dropped a double-double on 14 points and 13 rebounds.
New Orleans @ Minnesota
Current Records: New Orleans 0-2; Minnesota 1-0
What to Know
The New Orleans Pelicans might have tired legs after a matchup yesterday as they head on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 23 at Target Center. If the game is anything like the Pelicans' 140-136 win from their previous meeting in May, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.
The contest between New Orleans and the Chicago Bulls on Friday was not a total blowout, but with New Orleans falling 128-112 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. New Orleans' defeat shouldn't obscure the performances of small forward Brandon Ingram, who had 26 points and eight assists along with eight boards, and center Jonas Valanciunas, who had 18 points in addition to eight rebounds. Valanciunas' performance made up for a slower game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Minnesota didn't have too much trouble with the Houston Rockets at home on Wednesday as they won 124-106. Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns was one of the most active players for the team, posting a double-double on 30 points and ten boards.
New Orleans is expected to lose this next one by 7.5. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the squad is 0-2 ATS when expected to lose.
Minnesota's victory lifted them to 1-0 while New Orleans' loss dropped them down to 0-2. We'll see if the Timberwolves can repeat their recent success or if the Pelicans bounce back and reverse their fortune.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Target Center -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- TV: Bally Sports North Plus
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $34.00
The Timberwolves are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Pelicans, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Timberwolves, as the game opened with the Timberwolves as a 6-point favorite.
Minnesota have won 11 out of their last 21 games against New Orleans.
- May 01, 2021 - New Orleans 140 vs. Minnesota 136
- Mar 11, 2021 - Minnesota 135 vs. New Orleans 105
- Jan 23, 2021 - Minnesota 120 vs. New Orleans 110
- Mar 08, 2020 - New Orleans 120 vs. Minnesota 107
- Mar 03, 2020 - Minnesota 139 vs. New Orleans 134
- Dec 18, 2019 - New Orleans 107 vs. Minnesota 99
- Feb 08, 2019 - New Orleans 122 vs. Minnesota 117
- Jan 12, 2019 - Minnesota 110 vs. New Orleans 106
- Dec 31, 2018 - New Orleans 123 vs. Minnesota 114
- Nov 14, 2018 - Minnesota 107 vs. New Orleans 100
- Feb 03, 2018 - Minnesota 118 vs. New Orleans 107
- Jan 06, 2018 - Minnesota 116 vs. New Orleans 98
- Nov 29, 2017 - Minnesota 120 vs. New Orleans 102
- Nov 01, 2017 - Minnesota 104 vs. New Orleans 98
- Mar 19, 2017 - New Orleans 123 vs. Minnesota 109
- Feb 10, 2017 - New Orleans 122 vs. Minnesota 106
- Nov 23, 2016 - New Orleans 117 vs. Minnesota 96
- Apr 13, 2016 - Minnesota 144 vs. New Orleans 109
- Feb 27, 2016 - Minnesota 112 vs. New Orleans 110
- Feb 08, 2016 - New Orleans 116 vs. Minnesota 102
- Jan 19, 2016 - New Orleans 114 vs. Minnesota 99
Injury Report for MinnesotaNo Injury Information
Injury Report for New Orleans
- Daulton Hommes: Game-Time Decision (Ankle)
- Josh Hart: Out (Quadriceps)
- Zion Williamson: Out (Foot)