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Predictions For Timberwolves Hornets Betting – Timberwolves, Hornets Meet In An Intriguing Matchup

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/9/2013 6:51:23 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are holding their own without big man Kevin Love. The New Orleans Hornets upset the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week. An interesting game awaits.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ New Orleans Hornets – Friday, January 11   
Sport betting line: No line

Why Minnesota Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for a Timberwolf victory: Simply stated, this team is showing a lot more fortitude, resourcefulness and resilience than a lot of basketball pundits were prepared to expect. Minnesota has been without its superstar, big man Kevin Love, for two prolonged stretches this season. It was bad enough when Love missed the first few weeks of the season, but he then re-injured himself in December to leave this team shorthanded a second time.

The psychology of professional sports is very hard to master, and when Love went down with his second injury, it couldn't have been easy for each and every player on the Minnesota roster to accept the cruel ways of fate. However, due to the fact that the team had played without Love in November, the members of this roster have been able to make the mental transition much more smoothly – and without depression or sulking – than one would have initially thought.

Minnesota dug deep to beat a solid Atlanta Hawks team earlier this week. Nikola Pekovic scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in that win for the Timberwolves. That's a very Kevin Love-like stat line, a remarkable performance by a player who is clearly hungry to make a name for himself in the league. With more efforts like that one from Pekovic and other role players who are being asked to do more in Love's absence, Minnesota will be okay.

Why New Orleans Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball can deal an unexpected winning hand to a team that hadn't previously played its cards right. The New Orleans Hornets still don't have 10 wins this season, but on Monday night, they shut down the San Antonio Spurs' vaunted offense, limiting one of the best teams in the league to just 88 points. New Orleans found a winning formula at the defensive end of the floor. That emergence on defense is one reason to pick the Hornets in this game.

Another reason to go with the Hornets is that they're in the midst of a nice, extended homestand. They are not having to play back-to-back games, for one thing. They played San Antonio on Monday and will play Houston on Wednesday before dealing with this game on Friday. The ability to play at home without any back-to-back sets should make New Orleans a very fresh team for this game. Minnesota won't enjoy that same benefit.

Who Will Win

This is a good spot for New Orleans. Minnesota, without Kevin Love, will still be vulnerable. One can't expect Nikola Pekovic to do anything close to what he did against Atlanta earlier this week. The Hornets will grab another notable win.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: New Orleans


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