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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks - 3/10/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves
Date & Time Sunday March 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -11.5 -- Over/Under: 227
TV Channel
FSN, MSG
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NBA | New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves
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The New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Sunday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The New York Knicks look for a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The New York Knicks are averaging 105.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 15.1 points and 6.4 assists while Emmanuel Mudiay is averaging 14.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Kevin Knox is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12.2 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost five of their last six road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 112.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 24.2 points and 12.2 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Teague is dishing 8.1 assists. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won their last five home games.

The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Sunday games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The over is 27-9 in Timberwolves last 36 overall. The under is 14-6 in Knicks last 20 overall.

I don't want to back the New York Knicks as much as the next guy, but I'm certainly not laying big chalk with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I say it all the time, but the Timberwolves don't play a lick of defense, and it's why they find themselves in these close games against teams that really aren't even trying to win. The Timberwolves needed overtime last night against the Washington Wizards as big favorites. There's better options on Sunday's card, but if forced to pick, I want the points. I can't lay big numbers with one of the worst defensive teams in the league.  

Pick:
New York Knicks +11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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