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Timberwolves vs Knicks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves at New York Knicks
- Where: New York at Madison Square Garden
- Date: Monday, March 20th
- Betting Odds NY -7.5, MIN +249 | NY -323 O/U 230.0
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 35-37, while going 34-38-0 vs the spread. Today, the Timberwolves will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -8.33 points.
Not only did the Timberwolves drop their last game to the Raptors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 122-107 as 9 point underdogs. In the defeat, Minnesota did not outscore the Raptors in a single quarter. In the loss, Naz Reid led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 80.0%.
The Knicks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 42-30. So far, the team has gone 41-30-1 against the spread. In today’s game, New York will look to extend their 3 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 8.67 points.
In their previous game, the Knicks took down the Nuggets by a score of 116-110. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 1 point favorites. Even though New York trailed by 5 heading into the 2nd half, they put together a strong enough 3rd quarter to even the score. In the win, Jalen Brunson led the team in scoring with 24 points on a field goal percentage of 45.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Knicks picked up the win 120-107 win over the Timberwolves. Heading into the game, New York was the 3.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Timberwolves saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Knicks, averaging 100.0 points per game. While the Timberwolves struggled on offense in the series, the Knicks maintained their usual level of scoring at 103.0 vs Minnesota. In terms of betting, New York has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Minnesota. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Knicks. Over the course of these games, they averaged 207 points per game, leading a 1-4 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Minnesota offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 12th ranked offense at 115.6 points per game. In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. Minnesota has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 55.9%.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
Right now there are question marks across the board heading into this game for the Timberwolves as there is a chance they will be without their two leading scorers vs the Knicks. Before getting any money down on this game, be sure to check who is available, as Anthony Edwards and Rudy Gobert have a combined scoring average of 38.5 points per game. For the season, Edwards is 79th in the NBA in player efficiency and 1st in usage percentage. Through 71 games, he has a field goal percentage of 46.1%. If he is able to take the floor, he will be facing a defense that is 22nd in points allowed to shooting guards.
Through 72 games, the Knicks are averaging 115.1 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA. So far, the Knicks are averaging 97.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Knicks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 22nd in effective field goal percentage.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Knicks are giving up an average of 106.6 points per game, good for 6th in the NBA.
On offense, Julius Randle leads the Knicks in scoring at 25.2 points per game, placing him 21st in the NBA. Overall, Randle has hit 45.7% of his shots while accounting for 20.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 7th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 23.8 points per game, Jalen Brunson is the 2nd leading scorer for the Knicks. For the season, he is 42nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.6%.
Timberwolves vs Knicks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Knicks -7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 230.0