In this battle between two squads sitting outside the playoff places of their respective conference, the last in the league New York Knicks (11-47), who ended the longest losing streak of the league and want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-30), who are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-22-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New York Knicks +5
New York Knicks have a 11-47 record (24-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the whole league. In their last game they snapped an 18-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Hawks with a 106-91 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Dennis Smith Jr with 17 ppg, adding and a team high 6 dimes per game. He is followed by Emmanuel Mudiay with 14.7 ppg and 3.9 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 27-30 record (29-28 against the spread) so far this season currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Rockets with a 121-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23.1 ppg, adding a team high 12 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.2 ppg and 4.8 dimes per game.
Timberwolves won both meetings against the Knicks last season (at home by 10 points and on the road by 4). Knicks have a 4-23 home record, while the Wolves are 8-20 on the road. Wolves are better both offensively, scoring 111.9 ppg to Knicks’ 105.3 and defensively, allowing 111.7 ppg to Knicks’ 114. They also have better percentages both in field goals (45.2% to 43%) and in 3-pointers (35.2% to 33.6%). Wolves are better in boards grabbed (45.1 to 44.3), in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.1) and in dimes made (24.5 to 19.9). Wolves are the favorite in this one and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks Prediction: Minnesota Timberwolves -5 (-108)
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