Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks - 1/12/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (19-22) at Minnesota Timberwolves (27-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -9 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, FSN
The New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.
The New York Knicks need a victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 103.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Courtney Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Enes Kanter is grabbing 10.1 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.6 points and 5.2 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 7.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won six straight home games.
The Knicks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 Friday games. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Knicks are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
There's a chance the Knicks get back Tim Hardaway Jr. for this contest, as he's been updated to questionable after not playing since November 29. Hardaway is much needed on the offensive end to give these Knicks a boost. With that said, you still can't pick against the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they're finally playing consistent ball, looking like a real threat in the West and are outscoring teams by 10.6 points in their last five games. The Knicks are also being outscored by 8.5 points on the road this season and are just 2-8 ATS this season when an underdog by at least seven points. Give me the Timberwolves by double digits.