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New Orleans hosts Minnesota on home losing streak


Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (26-22, fourth in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Pelicans -2; over/under is 231.5

BOTTOM LINE: New Orleans is looking to stop its three-game home slide with a win against Minnesota.

The Pelicans are 16-11 in Western Conference games. New Orleans is 11- when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents and averages 14.6 turnovers per game.

The Timberwolves are 15-16 in Western Conference play. Minnesota is 3-4 in one-possession games.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Pelicans won 119-118 in the last matchup on Dec. 29.

TOP PERFORMERS: CJ McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 5.7 assists for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 55.6% over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.3 points, six rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals for the Timberwolves. D’Angelo Russell is averaging 18.0 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 2-8, averaging 108.6 points, 40.9 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 8.7 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.1 points per game.

Timberwolves: 6-4, averaging 117.9 points, 37.8 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 8.9 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: E.J. Liddell: out (right knee), Naji Marshall: out (toe), Zion Williamson: out (hamstring), Brandon Ingram: out (toe).

Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns: out (calf), Jordan McLaughlin: out (calf), Taurean Prince: day to day (ankle), Rudy Gobert: day to day (groin).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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