The New York Knicks (8-5) travel to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-3) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at Target Center in Target Center and televised on BSN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Knicks vs Timberwolves
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks took down the Hornets in their most recent game with a final score of 122-108. Not only did the Knicks win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -6.5 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 223.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Facing the Timberwolves today, the Knicks look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 8-5. In their 13 games, the Knicks have achieved a 6-4 record in games against Eastern Conference teams, and they have a 2-1 record in non-conference play.
Against the spread, New York are currently above .500, at 10-3 ATS. New York has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 4-1 ATS at home compared to 6-2 on the road.
The Timberwolves Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Timberwolves defeated the Pelicans with a final score of 121-120. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 64-59, the Timberwolves picked up the win.
In today’s game against the Knicks, the Timberwolves aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 9-3. In road games, the Timberwolves have a 4-3 record this season, in contrast to their 5-0 record when playing at home.
Minnesota possesses an ATS record of 6-5 for this season, including their ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. Minnesota has covered the spread in five consecutive home games, while maintaining an ATS record of 5-0 at home as opposed to 1-5 on the road.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
Through 13 games games, New York is averaging 110.9 points per game (22nd). The Knicks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14 made 3’s per game. New York is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 3rd in fewest turnovers per game.
Timberwolves Offense Breakdown
Through 12 games games, Minnesota is averaging 112.9 points per game (16th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Timberwolves are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.1 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 16th in fields goals made per contest.
Knicks Team Defense
At this time, the Knicks’ defense is positioned 1st in the NBA, permitting 104.9 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Knicks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.0% from downtown.
Timberwolves Team Defense
At present, the Timberwolves’ defense is ranked 5th, allowing 106.8 points per game.
The Minnesota defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 44.2% of their field goal attempts vs. Minnesota.
Key Players For The Knicks And Timberwolves
In today’s game, our projections have Jalen Brunson leading the Knicks with 17 points on 6/13 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.2 points per game, along with 3.3 rebounds.
On the other side, Anthony Edwards is our projected leading scorer for the Timberwolves. We have him ending the game with a team-high 20 and grabbing 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.7% and is averaging 26 points per contest.
Knicks vs Timberwolves Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, New York has an ATS record of 4-1 while averaging 112 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Timberwolves have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 2-7-1 vs. the spread. The team averaged 108 points per game in this stretch.
- The last ten games that New York was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 2-8 straight up.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Timberwolves have an overall record of 3-0 while going 0-2-1 against the spread.
We’re putting our money on the Timberwolves to win, and have the projected score sitting at 111-106. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Timberwolves at -3.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 213.5 and given that our model is projecting 217 points between the teams, we like the over.
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