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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks - 3/5/14

New York Knicks (21-40) at Minnesota Timberwolves (30-29)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)

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The slumping New York Knicks travel to the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

The Knicks have lost 10 of their last 11 games and will be hoping to avoid an eighth straight loss after losing to the Pistons by 96-85 on Monday. Carmelo Anthony led the scoring with 28 points while Amar'e Stoudemire added 22 points on nine of 11 shooting in a rare start, but the Knicks just got outplayed  and outworked in the second half by 57-41 after leading by double digits midway through the second quarter. With the loss, New York drop to 21-40 and 6.5 games behind the eighth-placed Atlanta in the Eastern Conference.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks - 3/5/14

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On the other hand, the Timberwolves have won six of their last seven games and will be going for a fourth straight win after sneaking past the Nuggets by 132-128 in a shootout on Monday. Kevin Love notched his 50th double-double of the season, scoring 33 points and 19 rebounds while Kevin Martin shot 16 of 17 from the free throw line to add 22 points. The Wolves also had three players finish with 16 points apiece but it was only just enough to get the win as they allowed the Nuggets to pour on 45 points in the fourth quarter and get to within two points with seven seconds left on the clock. Fortunately, Martin was able to nail his free throws and send Minnesota to 30-29 on the season and 14-18 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Knicks are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, while the Wolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against teams with losing records.

Head to head, the Knicks are 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Minnesota.

This spread feels like it's a couple points too big here, but there's just no way I can back the Knicks right now and feel good about it.

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Minnesota -8.5

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