Friday, December 2, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Friday, December 2, 2016. The Timberwolves come into this game with an overall record of 5-13. They are 5th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.0 as they are averaging 103.1 points per game while giving up 104.1 per contest. The Knicks have an overall record of 9-9. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.4 points per game and surrendering 106.5, good for a point differential of -3.1.
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Karl-Anthony Towns comes into this contest averaging 22.4 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Timberwolves. He pulls down 10 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is currently at 75%. Andrew Wiggins averages 22.7 points per game in 36.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game for Minnesota. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 76%.
Kristaps Porzingis averages 21.4 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Carmelo Anthony averages 22.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Minnesota averages 103.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 16th in the league. They average 50.2 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per game which ranks them 26th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 14.9 per game. The Timberwolves allow 104.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.9 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 15.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
New York averages 103.4 points per game this year which ranks them 16th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -3.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 11th in the NBA. They average 52.4 rebounds per game and 22.1 assists per contest which ranks them 15th and 14th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 15th with 13.7 per game. The Knicks allow 106.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 18th and 16th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.2 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 20.4 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. The Knicks force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
The Timberwolves have an offensive rating of 108 and a defensive rating of 109. In terms of pace they average 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 28% of their shots. Minnesota turns the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Knicks rating on offense is 107 and they have a defensive rating of 110.2. They get 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.3 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 5-13-0 against the spread
The Minnesota Timberwolves are 9-9-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 10-8-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 8-10-0 against the over/under
Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
12/01/16 G Brandon Rush Toe "?" Friday vs. New York
10/22/16 C Nikola Pekovic Ankle out for season
New York Knicks Injuries
12/01/16 G Courtney Lee Ankle injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
12/01/16 C Joakim Noah Ankle "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
12/01/16 F Lance Thomas Ankle "?" Friday vs. Minnesota
Guy's Pick: Take New York -4.5
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