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Tips For Betting On Hornets Timberwolves – Hornets Continue To Build For Next Season Versus Struggling Timberwolves

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/31/2013 6:08:48 PM

The New Orleans Hornets have the worst record in the Western Conference this season. Thanks to an awful slide by the Minnesota Timberwolves, they could have some company in the basement soon. The Timberwolves haven’t been able to overcome the loss of their All-Star center Kevin Love, losing nine of their past 10 games to fall to 12th in the West standings. New Orleans is just four games back, and with Eric Gordon and rookie first-overall pick Anthony Davis back in the lineup they have a good chance to evaluate what they have as they continue to build for next sports betting season.

New Orleans Hornets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Saturday February 2, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NBA Sportsbook Line: Minnesota – 2.5

Gordon and Davis each missed most of the year due to injury, but the team has looked good with both players on the floor, flirting with a .500 record over their past 10 games. Greivis Vasquez has been one of the breakthrough players of the year in their absence, and if the Hornets can add a couple of key pieces in the draft they could contend.

NBA Betting Preview: New Orleans Hornets

Vasquez has averaged a team-high 9.3 assists to go with 13.8 points, all without both Gordon and Davis for most of the season. Ryan Anderson is a threat to stretch the defense and can score from the perimeter, and if Davis can continue to develop in to one of the NBA’s premier big man the New Orleans offense can become explosive. Gordon has averaged a team-high 17.4 points per game since making his season debut and the team really missed his scoring touch all year. The Hornets have some unheralded pieces in the hard working Robin Lopez and Jason Smith, and they could thrive with more talent around them.

NBA Betting Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

The Wolves know all about dealing with injuries to star players after missing Ricky Rubio for most of the first half, and are now without one of the best big men in the game in Love. While Minnesota was able to remain in the hunt for most of the year thanks to some strong backcourt depth in the form of JJ Barea, Luke Ridnour, and Alexey Shved, they aren’t nearly as deep up front and opponents have made them pay. Nikola Pekovic has been overworked on a team that still ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding, but that ranking will only continue to drop with Love out of the lineup.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

While they won’t want to win too many games and give up their draft status, the Hornets are finally getting healthy and have enough key pieces to take care of lesser teams. Minnesota will provide a tough test at home though as they continue to fight for their pride even without Love, and it isn’t as though New Orleans is desperate for the online sportsbook victory.

NBA Betting Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves

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