Knicks visit Timberwolves in NBA clash
New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Odds
The NBA betting slate features a clash between Minnesota and New York on Friday, with the host Timberwolves trying to win for fans supporting them with their cheers and their money.
The Timberwolves bring a 18-28 record (20-25-1 ATS) to the battle against the 31-16 Knicks, who are 26-21 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 24-21-1 so far and the Knicks go 23-22-2. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Timberwolves as 5.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 198, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 17 (Timberwolves) and the No. 11 (Knicks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 102-95 result in favor of the Knicks is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 23 in the league with 41 per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Minnesota is the NBA’s No. 27-ranked team at 5.5 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 1 with 11.2 per contest.
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.1 points per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, New York was a 106-96 loser on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for OVER bettors. New York got 31 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 106-96 loss at the hands of New York on Wednesday at Verizon Center.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 104-94 loser at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (198) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Timberwolves got a 21-point performance from Nikola Pekovic, who added 10 rebounds, but San Antonio still ran past Minnesota 104-94 on Wednesday at Target Center.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Minnesota Timberwolves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
A few Knicks at Timberwolves trends to consider:
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 11 games
New York is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
New York home to LA Clippers, Sunday, February 10
Minnesota at Memphis, Sunday, February 10