NBA Futures: Two Sets Of Average Win Totals For The Knicks And T-Wolves

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose looks on the camera

Charles Stark

Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:04 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 9:04 PM UTC

Two of the most interesting teams, who made some off-season moves, are the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks. The T-Wolves picked up one of my favorite coaches while New York went out and got often awesome and often injured Derrick Rose. Will these teams improve or fall flat this season? Let's do a review of their win total odds.


 Minnesota Timberwolves

Last season Minnesota went 29-53 and supported one of the youngest teams in the NBA. This year Minnesota went out and got one of the best coaches in the league in Tom Thibodeau. His main job will be to clean up a defense that allowed 106 points per game last season and ranked as one of the worst in the NBA. The good news is there is a solid group of talent around him including Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns along with some decent veterans and rookie Kris Dunn. What probably has a lot of people talking is not that this team will be better but that oddsmaker set this number with exponentially higher expectations across the board. There is no doubt this team will be improved but are they really 12 games better than last season? The NBA analysts and I want me to say no but I have too much respect for Thibodeau and I love this young talent on this team that I'm going to go ahead and bite and back over the total.


Free NBA Pick: Over 41.5 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at Ladbrokes


New York Knicks

New York won 32 games last season and averaged only 98.4 points per game but picked up Derrick Rose in the off-season. Of course picking up Rose is the big story but don't forget about Kristaps Porzingis who now comes into his second year of the NBA with some pretty high expectations. Along with Carmelo Anthony, this gives New York three big superstars in their lineup but will it translate into more wins? Unfortunately, I don't believe their off-season move of picking up one of the best players in the NBA is going to work out in that fashion. That is why they are at +6000 to win the Championship at 5Dimes, check the rest of the best sportsbooks too. However, I do believe they will improve on their 32 games but not by seven wins and I have them landing more at around winning 35 or even less. They're just simply too many question marks surrounding this organization to feel confident about backing them to have a much better season than last year. Most likely the start of the year pretty well pull off a few big wins but then slowly slip into obscurity. Sorry New York, Jeff Hornacek is a good basketball mind but he is not the answer in this NBA pick.


Free NBA Pick: Under 38.5 (-120)
Best Line Offered: at Paddy Power


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