The New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves collide at the Target Center on Monday night.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have been in great shape as they've won six of their last seven games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight victory after beating the Hornets in a 122-108 road win on Saturday. Jalen Brunson led the team with 32 points and seven assists on 12 of 21 shooting, Donte DiVincenzo added 25 points on nine of 12 shooting while Julius Randle tallied 21 points with six rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 37 from the 3-point line, but they set this win up with their defense as they were always in control after limiting the Hornets to just 19 points in the first quarter. DiVincenzo was a real spark plug with his seven made 3-pointers as he made up for RJ Barrett who shot just one of five from distance and Immanuel Quickley who shot zero of five from the 3-point line.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the hottest teams in the league as they've won eight of their last nine games overall and they will be feeling pretty good after sneaking past the Pelicans in a thrilling 121-120 road win on Saturday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the team with 29 points and nine assists on 10 of 11 shooting, Anthony Edwards added 23 points on nine of 19 shooting while Rudy Gobert tallied 17 points with 11 rebounds. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 53 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the 3-point line as they trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter, before they closed the final 7:32 on a 27-12 run capped by the game-winner from Towns with just 5.0 seconds left on the clock.
The Knicks could be shorthanded as Evan Fournier and Quentin Grimes are both questionable, while the Timberwolves are still without Jordan McLaughlin. Both teams are coming into this meeting with winning momentum, but I'd have to give the edge to the Timberwolves' recent form, especially following their thrilling win over the Pelicans on Saturday. It's hard to split these two teams at the moment, so while I can see why the Timberwolves are favorites at home, I'm more interested in the Knicks with the points in what should be a close one.