According to NBA betting odds the Timberwolves are a 9.0 point favorite and the posted total is 210.5. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings in Minnesota stay under the total. The Knicks (21-40) are 3rd in the Atlantic Division and 11th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves (30-29) are 3rd in the Northwest Division, and 10th overall in the Western Conference.
Ice Cold in New York
The weather isn’t the only thing cold in New York these days. The city’s beloved Knicks have lost 7 in a row and 10 of their last 11 heading into tonight’s game. New York is coming off a 96-85 loss at Detroit on Monday and failed to cover as a 4.0 point underdog. The only excitement for the Knicks fans these days is how many points that Carmelo Anthony will score in each game. Once again Anthony led the way in the loss versus Detroit by scoring 28-points. The Knicks superstar has now scored 28-points or more in 6 of his last 8-games, and has scored 42 or more on 4 separate occasions this season. This will be the 3rd road game in the last 4-days for New York, and will be their 5th game overall in the last 7-days. The Knicks have gone over the total in 8 of their last 11-games overall.
A Desperate Playoff Push
Minnesota enters tonight 4.5 games behind Phoenix for the 8th and final playoff position in the Western Conference. They’ve been able to get themselves back in the postseason hunt by winning 6 of their last 7-games. Unlike tonight’s opponent, the Timberwolves are well rested, and will be playing just their 3rd game in the last 8-days. This will also begin a crucial 4-game in 7-day home stand for Minnesota that will see them face opponents with a combined 90-149 (.377) record. It’s imperative they win a minimum of 3, and preferably all 4-games if they’re going to continue to be a legitimate playoff contender. The Timberwolves have seen just 1 of their previous 11-games go over the total following a game in which they allowed 100-points or more.
NBA Betting System
Any favorite of between 3.5 to 9.5 that’s playing in game 42 of the season or beyond, and averages 102 or more points per game, in addition to seeing their previous 4-games have 205-points or more combined being scored, has gone 33-7 ATS (82.5%) over the last 18 seasons.Free Pick: Minnesota -9.0 over New York