[9:40 PM] Timberwolves @ Pelicans

Who will WIN this matchup?

Minnesota Timberwolves (4-9)

@ New Orleans Pelicans (5-10)


The line for this game is New Orleans by 1 point.

The New Orleans Pelicans look to follow up their most impressive win of the season and pick up their fourth in a row overall when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. In a game that saw their superstar forward Anthony Davis play just 19 minutes due to a knee bruise, the Pelicans still coasted past the Atlanta Hawks 112-94 on the road Tuesday night.

Minnesota entered Tuesday’s action tied for third in the NBA in 3-point shooting (37.7 percent), despite the fact that it is 11-of-46 from beyond the arc in the back-to-back ugly losses. Zach LaVine, who was succinct in saying that his team “laid an egg” in the loss to the Celtics, missed all seven of his long-range shots in the setback. Karl-Anthony Towns had two of the Timberwolves’ four 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the last seven games.

The sudden hot streak can be tied directly to the return of guard Jrue Holiday, who missed the first 12 games of the season to be with his ailing wife but came back to ignite the winning streak. He scored 15 points in 27 minutes versus Atlanta and is averaging 19.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting in the three games since his return. Frazier’s play has also been elevated with Holiday around, as the third-year pro is averaging 16.7 points and 10 assists while committing a total of just three turnovers.

After averaging 33 points during a six-game hot stretch, Minnesota F Andrew Wiggins has scored a combined 21 points on 7-of-29 shooting in the last two contests.

Davis is scoring 35.9 points per game at home.

Towns averaged 24.3 points and 13.5 rebounds to help the Timberwolves split four meetings last season.

StreakSmarts Pick: New Orleans Pelicans

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick