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New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 2/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Timberwolves at New York Knicks
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
The Line
The Line: New York Knicks +6 -- Over/Under: 220
TV Channel
FSN, MSG
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The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks meet Friday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 23.1 points and 12 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.2 points and 4.8 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost their last four road games.

The New York Knicks look to win back-to-back games for the first time since late November. The New York Knicks are averaging 105.3 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 47 percent shooting. Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 17 points and six assists while Emmanuel Mudiay is averaging 14.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. Kevin Knox is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 11 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks haven’t won a home game since December 1.

The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Friday games. The Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 3-14 ATS in their last 17 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 11-3 in Timberwolves last 14 road games. The under is 10-3 in Knicks last 13 overall. The Timberwolves are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I've tried to make a case for the New York Knicks in the underdog role a lot this season only to get burned. The bottom line is the Knicks are 24-33-1 ATS this season and 3-11 ATS when an underdog of less than seven points. Even with those numbers, I'm not laying decent sized chalk with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that doesn't play defense and finds themselves in dog fights against subpar teams. I'll take the over. The over has cashed in 21 of the Timberwolves last 28 games and that trend will continue with the lack of effort they play on the defensive side. The over feels like the safer play than getting involved with the side and a tricky number between two below average teams.

Pick:
Over 220

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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