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Minnesota faces New Orleans, looks for 5th straight road win

Minnesota Timberwolves (17-4, first in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (12-11, 10th in the Western Conference)

New Orleans; Monday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Pelicans -2; over/under is 222

BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota will try to keep its four-game road win streak alive when the Timberwolves face New Orleans.

The Pelicans have gone 9-9 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans is 0-3 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

The Timberwolves are 12-2 against Western Conference opponents. Minnesota ranks third in the Western Conference with 45.9 rebounds per game led by Rudy Gobert averaging 12.4.

The 113.5 points per game the Pelicans average are 8.3 more points than the Timberwolves give up (105.2). The Timberwolves are shooting 48.1% from the field, 1.4% higher than the 46.7% the Pelicans' opponents have shot this season.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Timberwolves won 121-120 in the last matchup on Nov. 19.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Ingram is shooting 49.9% and averaging 23.7 points for the Pelicans. Jordan Hawkins is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 21.9 points, nine rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Timberwolves. Mike Conley is averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Minnesota.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 115.3 points, 44.8 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 9.2 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.4 points per game.

Timberwolves: 9-1, averaging 113.9 points, 45.4 rebounds, 26.5 assists, 6.3 steals and 7.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.7 points.

INJURIES: Pelicans: Matt Ryan: day to day (calf), Larry Nance Jr.: out (rib).

Timberwolves: Jaylen Clark: out (achilles), Jaden McDaniels: out (ankle), Anthony Edwards: day to day (hip).

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

The Associated Press