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New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Timberwolves (5-13) at New York Knicks (9-9)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN/MSG

The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks square off Friday night in a NBA matchup at Madison Square Garden.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are desperate for a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 103.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 22.7 points and 2.3 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22.4 points and 10 rebounds. Zach LaVine is the third double-digit scorer and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven road games.

New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 12/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks look for another big victory to get a game above a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have won six of their last seven home games.

The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Timberwolves are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New York and the road team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

I keep trying to give the Timberwolves the benefit of the doubt and expect a turnaround and it just doesn't happen. Meanwhile, the Knicks are playing their best ball of the season and are looking more and more like a playoff team. Minnesota has to remain a fade team until it proves it can start winning games with all that talent. Give me the Knicks at home and the small line.

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New York Knicks -3.5

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