Two franchises with big ambitions this seasons and they find themselves in very similar scenarios.
They are hovering just above .500 and are still trying to discover their respective identities.
The Pelicans are finally starting to play some defence.
In a 3 game win streak over the Thunder, Spurs and Suns they held their opponents to just 96ppg.
With Cousins and Davis it only makes sense that they defend the paint and make sides hurt them from beyond the arc
. There is no reason for Pelicans opponents to be shooting in excess of 20 free throws per game.
That number will come down as the season goes on.
They will also be helped by the fact that the Timberwolves are on the second of a back to back.
It means limited scoring for Minnesota with the Under 11-3 in their last 14 and 5-1 in their last 6 on the road.
Minnesota do turn the ball over but Minnesota are 23th in fastbreak points per game and rarely run the floor on the break.
Another factor that should help the total stay well below 218.
Recommended Price: $1.91