Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks - 11/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (3-8) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -1 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, MSG
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be severely shorthanded tonight when they battle the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks are just 3-9 on the season but showed plenty of fight in a 117-113 loss at Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Tim Hardaway Jr added 24 while Iman Shumpert had 21 as the Knicks nearly fought all the way back from a 17-point halftime last night against the Bucks. On offense, the Knicks combined to shoot a healthy 55 percent from the field, but allowed the Bucks to shoot 55.1 percent while losing the rebound battle by 44-28. As a team, the Knicks look to be making some progression with the triangle offense scheme, but they continue to lose the battle of the boards of a nightly basis, averaging just 38.6 per game, good enough for 28th in the league.
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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have absolutely had no luck at all when it comes to injuries. Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Ronny Turiaf are all expected to miss tonight's game which will place a tremendous scoring burden on Kevin Martin who is averaging 18.4 points per game. With the slew of injuries, the Timberwolves have won just two games so far and have lost their last five straight, including a 139-91 rout at New Orleans followed by a 131-117 defeat at Dallas. They're just hurting in so many ways and it's not even clear how many healthy bodies the Wolves will have tonight.
In ATS trends, the Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing on no rest and 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall, while the Wolves are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last five overall.
My play here is the Knicks and that looks to be a gift from the oddsmakers.