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Last Updated Jan 18, 2022, 04:08 AM

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA coverage will resume on Tuesday night with a compelling non-conference showdown between the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks. Coverage begins from Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

SCORE PREDICTION

Timberwolves 114, Knicks 104

BEST BETS

Timberwolves -1.5 (-110) at BetMGM

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS PREDICTIONS

After finishing fourth in the East with a record of 41-31 SU last year, New York briefly sustained similar momentum with an excellent start to this season, as the Knicks opened with an impressive 7-4 SU and 6-5 ATS run– which included tough victories over the Sixers (2), Bucks, Celtics, Bulls.

The Knicks have looked like a shell of that squad since their hot start though, considering New York dwells at just 15-18 SU and ATS across their last 33 games – despite getting tagged as favorites in 18 of those contests.

On the other hand, Minnesota stumbled out to a relatively discouraging start to the season, as the Wolves kicked things off with a lackluster 11-15 SU and ATS skid – with nine of those SU losses coming by 10+ PTS.

The Wolves have played solid basketball since their opening stretch though, considering Minnesota enters Tuesday sitting at 10-7 SU and 11-5-1 ATS across the last 17 games – despite getting tagged as underdogs in ten of those affairs.

I’ll take the points with Minnesota here, as the Knicks sit 5-4 SU and ATS across their last nine games, while averaging just 99.4 PPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for another unfavorable home matchup against a Wolves squad that’s racked up 121 PPG across their latest 5-2 SU run.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING ODDS

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: Northwest vs. Atlantic
  • Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden
  • Location: New York, New York
  • TV-Time: NBATV - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 21-22
  • ATS: 22-20-1
  • O/U: 23-20

After finishing 13th in the West with a record of 23-49 SU last year, Minnesota kept that same ball rolling with another bumpy start to this season, as the Timberwolves opened with a lackluster 11-15 SU skid – while averaging just 107.7 PPG offensively across that span.

The Wolves have been excellent on offense since mid-December though, considering Minnesota enters Tuesday’s contest sitting at 10-7 SU across the last 17 games – while racking up a lofty 113.7 PPG during that timeframe.

NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 22-22
  • ATS: 21-23
  • O/U: 19-25

New York’s outstanding success came as quite the surprise last season, as the Knicks finished fourth in the East with an impressive tally of 41-31 SU – before getting completely outmatched by the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Knicks haven’t caught anybody off guard this year though, considering New York ranks 11th in the East straight-up with a record of 22-22 SU and 9th against the spread with a record of 21-23 ATS – despite being favored in 26 matchups this season.

The Knicks are 2-5 SU in their last seven matchups against Minnesota. (AP)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Knicks and Wolves split a two-game regular-season set last year, with both of those matchups staying well under the total at an average of 202.5 PPG. The latest matchup between these teams took place just a few weeks ago though, which resulted in another low-scoring victory for the Knicks (96-86).

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • MIN: Anthony Edwards - SG (22.2 PPG, 5.2 REB, 3.7 AST)
  • MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns - C (25.7 PPG, 9.7 REB, 3.8 AST)
  • NYK: Julius Randle - PF (19.1 PPG, 10.1 REB, 5 AST)
  • NYK: RJ Barrett - SG (16.9 PPG, 5.5 REB, 2.4 AST)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING CONCLUSION

After posting a 20-point victory over the Warriors on Sunday night, the Timberwolves enter Tuesday’s contest as narrow road underdogs against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden – marking just the second time Minnesota has been an underdog across the last seven games.

I’ll take the points with Minnesota here, as the Wolves have scored a sturdy 113.7 PPG across their current 10-7 SU run – likely presenting a steep uphill battle for a Knicks squad that’s averaging less than 100 PPG across their latest nine-game stretch (99.4 PPG).

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS. NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING TRENDS

  • The Timberwolves are 5-2 SU in their last seven matchups against New York.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five straight matchups between Minnesota and New York.
  • The Wolves are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Knicks' games.
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