Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs New York Knicks
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+3)
The New York Knicks (14-16) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (7-23) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The odds on this contest have New York as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 216.5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Toronto Raptors and ended up losing by a score of 86-81 in their last game. Minnesota wrapped up the game having earned a 38.6% field goal percentage (32 of 83) and buried 9 of their 38 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Timberwolves buried 8 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 72.7%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 43 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 24 dimes in the matchup as well as having 6 steals and 9 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 32.9% from the field on 28 out of 85 shooting. Toronto dished out 16 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Raptors pulled down 51 rebounds (15 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Toronto finished the game at 81.8% at the charity stripe by converting 18 of 22 tries. They also knocked down 12 of 40 attempts from 3-point land.
Karl-Anthony Towns is someone who was a major contributor for the matchup. He accounted for 19 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He played for 30:30 minutes played and totaled 13 boards. Towns finished the contest at 61.5% from the field and also totaled 4 assists. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Timberwolves was Malik Beasley. He totaled 5 rebounds and also accumulated 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 31.3% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 5-of-16 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Beasley saw the court for 33:16 min.
Minnesota will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-23 for the year. They are turning it over 14.2 times per game and as a group they commit 21.7 fouls per contest. As a team, Minnesota is snagging 43.1 boards per game and has accounted for 750 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (378 of 1,071) and 75.1% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 107.8 points per outing (25th in basketball) while shooting 43.9% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 24th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 764 conceded for the campaign. The Timberwolves defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.3% (457 of 551) and they surrender 47.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 37.5% from beyond the arc and they are 26th in the league in PPG allowed (115.2).
In their last game, the New York Knicks took a defeat with a final score of 107-89 against the Orlando Magic. The Knicks snagged 36 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in this contest. They also blocked 5 shots while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Magic committed 15 fouls for this game which got the Knicks to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of those for a percentage of 84.2%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, New York converted 7 out of their 27 attempts (25.9%). Overall, the Knicks finished shooting 33 for 87 from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.9%. The Knicks allowed the Magic to make 42 out of 92 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.7% for the matchup. They finished 47.1% from distance by going 16 of 34 and ended up shooting 7 out of 10 from the free throw line (70.0%). With respect to rebounds, New York allowed Orlando to collect 50 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Julius Randle ended up being a factor for the Knicks in the game. He buried 11 of 19 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.9%, which gave him 25 points. Randle grabbed 7 boards in his 36:15 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 3 assists in the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for New York was RJ Barrett. He totaled 15 points in 26:31 minutes on the court via 5 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Barrett wrapped this one up going 45.5% from the floor while also collecting 2 assists and 7 boards.
New York has a win-loss record of 14-16 this season. The Knicks are responsible for committing 20.7 personal fouls every game and they shoot 76.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 20.9 times per contest (29th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. New York has earned 3,106 points for the season (103.5 per contest) and they average 46.9 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Knicks are hitting on 45.0% from the field, which ranks 22nd in the league. The Knicks on defense are ranked 1st in basketball in points given up per game with 103.7. They give up 22.2 dimes and 44.7 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 2nd and 16th in basketball. The New York defense surrenders 32.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (359 of 1,123) and their opponents are knocking down 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.1% from the floor (1st in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+3)
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