Betting on today’s Timberwolves and Knicks game? Catch the action at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, as the Knicks hosts this showdown at 3:00 ET on NBA. The Timberwolves are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against the Knicks. The over/under for the game is set at 224.5 points.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Knicks +1.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 3:00 ET on Monday, January 1st.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK KNICKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 125-124 in favor of the Timberwolves.
- Our projections have Anthony Edwards finishing with Anthony Edwards points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Timberwolves finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.9% and knocking down 13 threes.
Will the Timberwolves Make it Happen on the Road?
In the Western Conference, the Timberwolves are in 1st place and will look to pick up another win today as they travel to take on the Knicks as 1.5-point favorites. Overall, Minnesota is 24-7 this season.
When playing on the road, the Timberwolves have an average scoring margin of +1.1 points per game compared to +11.0 at home. Minnesota’s straight-up road record this season is currently 11th in the West at 10-6.
Against the spread, the Timberwolves have failed to cover the spread in three straight games, moving them to 15-15 for the season. As the favorite, they have gone 11-11 against the spread.
Minnesota’s over/under record coming into today’s game is 17-14, and the over has come in for them in each of their last two games. Today’s line of 224.5 points is just below their average over/under line of 223.4.
The Timberwolves are coming off a game where they scored 108 points vs the Lakers. They shot 50% from the field and made 12 three-pointers. Anthony Edwards is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 26 PPG. Karl-Anthony Towns is also averaging 21.1 PPG.
So far this season, the Timberwolves defense has been performing well, ranking 1st in the NBA at 107.4 points allowed per contest. Inside the arc, the Timberwolves defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.9% and 34.2% from three-point territory.
Will New York Make it Happen at Home?
With a record of 17-15, the Knicks will look to put an end to their three-game losing streak today as they host the Timberwolves as 1.5-point underdogs. If they are able to pull off the win, they will also move into a tie for 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
So far, New York has been slightly better at home compared to on the road, as they are 8-4 at home and 9-11 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +5.8 points per contest.
Against the spread, the Knicks are 7-5 when playing at home and have an overall ATS record of 17-15. This includes three straight ATS losses and five of their last six. As the underdog, they have gone 7-9 ATS for the season.
When looking at their over/under results for the season, they sit at 17-14-1. So far, their games have had lower average over/under lines than today’s line of 224.5 points (225.9), and their over/under record in these games is 8-9.
In their most recent game against the Pacers, the Knicks had a strong offensive performance, scoring 126 points. They shot 47.4% from the field and went 19/27 from the free-throw line. Donte DiVincenzo was the leading scorer for the Knicks, finishing with 38 points. Julius Randle also had a solid game, contributing 28 points.
In terms of defense, Knicks is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 113.9 points per game. In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.4 turnovers per game, ranking 8th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 29th in rejections, averaging 3.3 blocked shots each game.