The NBA is set up with a strong night of action throughout March 31. Ten games will be up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. These two teams have been on opposite sides of the standings this season, but I think it could be a good game. This one will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 24-23 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks could jump into the fourth seed in the East with a win in this one. New York is coming off a loss, but have won four of their last six. I expect the Knicks to come out quick in this one as they try to earn a big win.
The Timberwolves have put up a record of 11-36 throughout this season, which has them in last place of the Western Conference. Minnesota has struggled to get anything going this season and are twelve games out of a playoff spot. The Timberwolves have lost two straight games and five of their last six. Minnesota will look to earn a big win in this one as well.
These two teams have been in very different positions throughout this season, but I expect both teams to try and come out fast in this one. Minnesota is far outside of the playoff picture, but are still playing for pride this season. The Knicks are looking to further solidify their playoff spot with a big win in this one on Wednesday night.
The Knicks and the Timberwolves have already met up once this season. New York hosted the game on February 21. Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 27 points and 15 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 18 points, but it was not enough for Minnesota. Julius Randle finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds. R.J. Barrett scored 21 points to help lead the Knicks to a 103-99 win.
New York is coming off a matchup against the Miami Heat at home on March 29. Julius Randle dropped 22 points, but it was not enough for the Knicks. Jimmy Butler finished with 27 points, while Bam Adebayo put up 20 points and 17 rebounds. Tyler Herro added 18 points off the bench as the Heat earned a 98-88 win on the road.
The Timberwolves met up with the Brooklyn Nets on March 29. Karl-Anthony Towns put up 31 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Edwards finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but it still was not enough. James Harden scored 38 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Kyrie Irving finished with 27 points as Brooklyn grabbed a 112-107 win at home.
These two teams have only met up once through this season and last. The Knicks were able to earn a tight win on the night in that one. Minnesota is coming off a more impressive performance, losing a tight one to the Nets. New York could not get the offense going against Miami and will look to step up on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves.
Field Goal Shooting
The Knicks have not been great shooting the ball throughout this season. New York has made 45.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the league. The Knicks are also shooting 37.2 percent from deep, which is 11th in the NBA. New York has sunk 76.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 21st in the league.
Minnesota has not shot the ball at all this season either. The Timberwolves have been shooting 44 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. Minnesota has been making 34.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Timberwolves have drained 76.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 22nd in the NBA.
New York has a slight edge shooting the ball this season, but the Knicks have an even bigger edge on defense. New York has held their opponents to a 44.3 percent from the field, which is 1st in the league. The Timberwolves have allowed opposing teams to shoot 48 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. If the Knicks defense can take over in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Julius Randle has been the leader for New York throughout this season. Randle has averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 17.5 points per game. Alec Burks, Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley have all averaged 13 points per game off the bench. Elfrid Payton is averaging 12 points per game to help round out the lineup.
Karl-Anthony Towns has continued to help lead this Timberwolves team. Towns is averaging 24 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Malik Beasley has averaged 20 points per game. Anthony Edwards is averaging 17 points in his rookie season, while Naz Reid has averaged 11 points per game. Jaylen Nowell helps round out the lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. Minnesota has been without D’Angelo Russell, who has averaged 19.5 points per game this season. The Timberwolves will need someone to step up in a big way with Russell out. The Knicks lineup has a lot more depth and they will look to take advantage with their bench in this one.
New York has been the better team throughout this season and they will look to earn an edge over the Timberwolves in this one. Without D’Angelo Russell in this one, I think the Knicks defense can step up to earn a big win. New York has a good spread of scoring and I think they will be able to continue this tough season for Minnesota.
BetOnline has New York listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Knicks on the road on Wednesday night. I think that this line is a little too small. I think that New York can win this game by more than one possession, especially with free throws. As a small favorite, I really like the value on the Knicks in this one.