MIN Minnesota Timberwolves 114
Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Overall (17-20)
ATS (19-18)
O/U (18-19)
December 31 2018
7:00 PM - FS-N+
NOP New Orleans Pelicans 123
New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Overall (17-21)
ATS (16-22)
O/U (20-18)
Final
Money Line Total: 226.5 Spread ATS
1234
571 Minnesota Timberwolves +185 Over -110 (+5.5) -110 OVER: 237
22293825
572 New Orleans Pelicans -215 Under -110 (-5.5) -110 Cover: 3.5
27362535
Final
Money Line Total:
226.5
Spread ATS
MIN 571 +185 Over: -110 (+5.5) -110 OVER: 237
NOP 572 -215 Under: -110 (-5.5) -110 Cover: 3.5
Line Movement
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
12/31/2018
1:45 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
226.5
-110
226.5
-110
12/31/2018
1:18 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
227
-110
227
-110
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
227.5
-110
227.5
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
228
-110
228
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
228.5
-110
228.5
-110
Money Line
Money Line
12/31/2018
1:45 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
12/31/2018
1:18 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP
-215
MIN
+185
Spread
Spread
12/31/2018
1:45 PM
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
1:18 PM
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP(-5.5)
-110
MIN
-110
Total
Total
12/31/2018
1:45 PM
226.5
-110
226.5
-110
12/31/2018
1:18 PM
227
-110
227
-110
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
227.5
-110
227.5
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
228
-110
228
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
228.5
-110
228.5
-110
Recap

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It would seem the last thing the struggling Pelicans needed was to find out shortly before tip-off that perennial All-Star Anthony Davis was too sick to play.

But with Elfrid Payton returning to the lineup, they not only managed to stay competitive with Minnesota, but also kicked a recent habit of wilting in crunch time.

Julius Randle had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Darius Miller scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans held off the Timberwolves 123-114 on Monday night.

"My mindset doesn't change regardless of who's in the game," Randle said of how he reacted when he learned Davis was out. "A lot of people played really well, stepped up big."

Miller hits five 3s, his last from the left wing to put the Pelicans up 115-109 with 1:12 to go.

"It was on tonight," Miller said, noting that Randle, Payton and Jrue Holiday effectively forced defenders to collapse into the paint and leave openings on the perimeter. "The guys did a great job of hitting me when I was open"

After Robert Covington's 3 for the Wolves made it a one-possession game in the final minute, Miller came back with two free throws on New Orleans' next possession.

Holiday, who had 26 points, added three late free throws — one of them after Karl-Anthony Towns was assessed a technical foul — and the Wolves were unable to recover.

E'Twaun Moore scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who've won two of three since ending a five-game skid.

Towns finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 10 of his points during a tight fourth quarter before fouling out with 12.5 seconds left.

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points for Minnesota, while Taj Gibson scored 17and Covington 16.

"I'm still scratching my head wondering what happened," Gibson said. "It felt just like we needed a little bit more energy. The way we started the game out, it felt like we just let them get a little comfortable.

"We could've got this one, especially with Davis out. But everybody is in the NBA for a reason," Gibson added. "They had a couple guys step up and hit some big shots."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Guard Derrick Rose missed his second straight game with a right ankle sprain. ... Forward Keita Bates-Diop missed his second straight game with an illness. ... Tyus Jones scored 15 points and Gorgui Dieng added 10 points. ... The Wolves fell to 5-14 on the road.

Pelicans: After starting in place of Davis, Jahlil Okafor was called for three fouls within the first five minutes of the game and was subbed out in favor of Cheick Diallo. Okafor wound up playing just 14 minutes and had seven points and seven rebounds. ... The Pelicans improved to 13-6 at home. ... Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Davis "tried and tried" to play, even receiving intravenous fluids leading up to game time. "Obviously, he's very sick. There wasn't anything that he could do about it."

PAYTON'S PLACE

Payton's return from a fractured finger on his left, non-shooting hand came after a 22-game absence that spanned six weeks. Playing about six minutes per quarter, Payton contributed nine points, six assists, a rebound and a steal while wearing tape over his previous injured finger.

"He pushes the pace. He gets to the basket. I don't think he finished as well as he wanted to, but to be able to get there and make plays out of that was huge for us," Holiday said, praising Payton's defensive acumen as well. "Obviously, he added a lot of energy in his first game back in a long time, so it was fun to have him out there."

PERIMETER PROWESS

Without Davis available to help attack the rim, the Pelicans shot decisively from 3 and it paid off as they hit 56 percent (14 of 25) from deep.

New Orleans went 9 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half, when they led by as many as 14. That opened up the paint for Randle, who scored 18 in the first half, although even one of his field goals came from deep.

The Wolves also let fly from beyond the arc early and often, but with far different results, hitting only three of their first 16 from long range while shooting just worse than 40 percent (21 of 53) overall in the first half.

RALLYING BACK

When Randle hit his second 3 of the game early in the second half, New Orleans was shooting 71.4 percent (10 of 14) from deep, and led by 15.

But that's when Minnesota suddenly rediscovered its offense, outscoring the Pelicans by 16 the rest of the third quarter. Covington helped ignite the comeback with consecutive 3s. Wiggins added another from long range and Towns hit from 27 feet out to tie it late in the period.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Visit Boston on Wednesday night.

Pelicans: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

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Matchup
Timberwolves Overall
W/L 17-20
ATS 19-18
Pts For 111.5
Pts Against 111.6
Total 18-19
Timberwolves Away
W/L 5-14
ATS 8-11
Pts For 109.1
Pts Against 114.6
Total 8-11
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
7:00 PM
at Pelicans L 123-114 L (5.5) O (226.5)
12-30
5:00 PM
at Heat W 113-104 W (3.5) O (206.5)
12-28
7:00 PM
Hawks L 123-120 L (-9.5) O (229)
12-26
7:00 PM
at Bulls W 119-94 W (-4) O (210.5)
12-23
7:00 PM
at Thunder W 114-112 W (6.5) O (222)
12-21
7:30 PM
at Spurs L 124-98 L (4) O (219)
12-19
7:00 PM
Pistons L 129-123 L (-6) O (216)
12-17
7:00 PM
Kings W 132-105 W (-8) O (231)
12-15
8:00 PM
at Suns L 107-99 L (-7.5) U (218.5)
12-12
9:00 PM
at Kings L 141-130 L (-3.5) O (227)
Avg. Points For 116.2
Avg. Points Against 116.2
ATS 4-6
Over/Under 9-1
Pelicans Overall
W/L 17-21
ATS 16-22
Pts For 116.2
Pts Against 115.3
Total 20-18
Pelicans Home
W/L 13-6
ATS 9-10
Pts For 119.0
Pts Against 114.1
Total 10-9
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
7:00 PM
Timberwolves W 123-114 W (-5.5) O (226.5)
12-29
6:00 PM
Rockets L 108-104 L (3) U (228.5)
12-28
7:00 PM
Mavericks W 114-112 L (-4.5) U (228.5)
12-26
7:30 PM
at Mavericks L 122-119 L (2.5) O (228)
12-23
5:00 PM
at Kings L 122-117 L (-1.5) O (237)
12-21
9:30 PM
at Lakers L 112-104 L (5.5) U (234.5)
12-19
7:00 PM
at Bucks L 123-115 W (9) O (230.5)
12-16
6:00 PM
Heat L 102-96 L (-6) U (221.5)
12-12
7:00 PM
Thunder W 118-114 W (2.5) U (235.5)
12-10
6:30 PM
at Celtics L 113-100 L (2.5) U (222.5)
Avg. Points For 111.0
Avg. Points Against 114.2
ATS 3-7
Over/Under 4-6
Scoring
Timberwolves
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Karl-Anthony Towns (C) 36:3410-23 43.5%2-5 40%6-8 75%31760526628
Andrew Wiggins (G) 38:298-21 38.1%2-8 25%2-2 100%1231121320
Taj Gibson (F) 31:386-6 100%0-0 0%5-6 83.3%25211011017
Robert Covington (F) 38:076-13 46.2%4-8 50%0-1 0%1234124116
Tyus Jones (G) 38:186-11 54.5%1-2 50%2-2 100%12131000315
Gorgui Dieng (C) 11:264-6 66.7%0-1 0%2-2 100%2600100-1510
Josh Okogie (G) 19:242-5 40%0-1 0%2-2 100%1212012-226
Dario Saric (F) 16:221-6 16.7%0-1 0%0-0 0%1310003-192
Jerryd Bayless (G) 9:420-2 0%0-2 0%0-0 0%0001001-120
Keita Bates-Diop (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Luol Deng (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
James Nunnally (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Derrick Rose (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jeff Teague (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jared Terrell (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Anthony Tolliver (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
C.J. Williams (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Pelicans
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Julius Randle (F) 37:5313-23 56.5%2-4 50%5-6 83.3%31130005-633
Jrue Holiday (G) 38:178-17 47.1%2-3 66.7%8-8 100%0480050226
Darius Miller (F) 27:207-11 63.6%5-8 62.5%2-2 100%03301042521
E'Twaun Moore (F) 33:057-13 53.8%3-4 75%0-0 0%1230031-717
Elfrid Payton (G) 24:143-9 33.3%1-3 33.3%2-2 100%0161042-109
Jahlil Okafor (C) 13:463-7 42.9%0-0 0%1-1 100%5700103-67
Tim Frazier (G) 21:142-4 50%1-2 50%0-0 0%1331001205
Solomon Hill (F) 29:092-3 66.7%0-1 0%0-0 0%0421024204
Cheick Diallo (F) 15:020-0 0%0-0 0%1-2 50%190001171
Trevon Bluiett (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ian Clark (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Anthony Davis (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Andrew Harrison (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Frank Jackson (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Wesley Johnson (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Nikola Mirotic (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Kenrich Williams (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP
MIN
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
116.5
-110
116.5
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP
MIN
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
117
-110
117
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP
MIN
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
117.5
-110
117.5
-110
Money Line
Money Line
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP
MIN
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP
MIN
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP
MIN
Spread
Spread
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
NOP(-3)
-110
MIN
-110
Total
Total
12/31/2018
1:12 PM
116.5
-110
116.5
-110
12/31/2018
12:54 PM
117
-110
117
-110
12/31/2018
12:33 PM
117.5
-110
117.5
-110
2nd Half
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Date & Time Money Line Spread Over/Under
1/1/2019
8:15 PM
MIN
NOP
MIN(-3.5)
-110
NOP
-110
109.5
-110
109.5
-110
1/1/2019
8:06 PM
MIN
NOP
MIN(-3.5)
-110
NOP
-110
109
-115
109
-105
Money Line
Money Line
1/1/2019
8:15 PM
MIN
NOP
1/1/2019
8:06 PM
MIN
NOP
Spread
Spread
1/1/2019
8:15 PM
MIN(-3.5)
-110
NOP
-110
1/1/2019
8:06 PM
MIN(-3.5)
-110
NOP
-110
Total
Total
1/1/2019
8:15 PM
109.5
-110
109.5
-110
1/1/2019
8:06 PM
109
-115
109
-105
Props
TeamLineOVERUNDER
2ND HALF PRO BB & OT 109.5 -110 -110