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Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction - NBA Picks 1/3/24

The Pelicans and Timberwolves will face each other for the fourth and final time this season with the Timberwolves holding the 2-1 series lead. The Pelicans are coming in on a three game winning streak while the Timberwolves have gone 2-2 over their last 4 games. Let's get into our Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction and NBA Picks 1/3/24.

New Orleans Pelicans:

  • The Pelicans are coming off a string of successful games, having won eight of their last eleven matches since December 11.

  • In their recent game against the Brooklyn Nets, they secured a comfortable 112-85 victory, showcasing a well-rounded team effort with seven players scoring in double figures. CJ McCollum led the team with 16 points.

  • The Pelicans' recent success can be attributed to their strong defense, which has been a focal point according to coach Willie Green.

Minnesota Timberwolves:

  • The Timberwolves are known for their defensive prowess, leading the NBA by allowing only 107.5 points per game.

  • However, they are seeking to rebound from a 112-106 loss against the New York Knicks. In that game, Anthony Edwards scored 35 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 29 points, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win.

  • Notably, the Timberwolves have a record of not losing back-to-back games this season and are 7-0 following a loss, indicating their resilience and ability to bounce back.

Game Prediction:

  • The game is expected to be tightly contested. The Timberwolves are favored to win, especially considering their strong home record and their tendency to bounce back after a loss.

  • However, the Pelicans' recent form and their emphasis on defense could pose a significant challenge for Minnesota. The Pelicans playing on short rest might also impact the game's dynamics.

  • The game's outcome could hinge on which team can impose their defensive strength more effectively and capitalize on scoring opportunities.

In summary, while the Timberwolves might have a slight edge due to their impressive home record and rebounding ability after losses, the Pelicans' current form makes them a formidable opponent. I don't think I'd touch the spread in this game but I do like the under.

Final Score:

Timberwolves 110 Pelicans 106

Pelicans vs Timberwolves Prediction NBA Picks 1/3/24

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