New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 3/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-3)
Target Center is the site where and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-36) will play the New York Knicks (24-23) on Wednesday. The odds on this contest have New York as 3-point favorites. The total opens at 221.5.
The New York Knicks faced the Miami Heat and took a loss by a final of 98-88 in their last contest. New York finished the game having earned a 41.3% field goal percentage (33 out of 80) and converted 10 of their 36 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Knicks buried 12 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. When talking about getting rebounds, they earned a total of 41 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup in addition to creating 12 turnovers and having 4 steals. In the matter of the defense, New York allowed the other team to go 43.0% from the field on 37 of 86 shooting. Miami doled out 22 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. Furthermore, Miami had 47 boards (12 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Miami ended up going 82.4% from the charity stripe by making 14 of 17 tries. They made 10 out of their 34 attempts from 3-point land.
Julius Randle is a guy who had an impact in this game. He walked away with 22 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 35:53 minutes and pulled down 8 boards. Randle shot 41.2% from the floor and also distributed 3 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this contest for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He pulled down 4 rebounds in his 32:21 min played on the night. He shot 33.3% from the field in this contest by connecting on 4-of-12 (8 points). In all, Barrett accounted for 4 assists.
New York comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 24-23 on the season. They are averaging 104.9 points per contest (28th in the NBA) on 45.1% from the field. The Knicks are shooting 37.2% on 3-pointers (506 of 1,361) and 76.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is collecting 46.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 980 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 29th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 20.8 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Knicks are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.5 fouls. They currently rank 4th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,074 relinquished for the season. The Knicks defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.3% (591 of 869) and they surrender 43.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They are giving up 33.6% from 3-point land and they are 1st in the league in points per game allowed (104.6).
For their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves went home defeated by a final of 112-107 when they played the Brooklyn Nets. The Timberwolves were able to pull down 34 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards for a total of 51 in this matchup. They turned it over 15 times, while getting 10 steals in the matchup. The Nets committed 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 76.5%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Minnesota converted 14 of their 44 tries (31.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Timberwolves shot 40 out of 103 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.8%. The Timberwolves permitted the Nets to knock down 40 of their 85 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.1% for this game. They shot 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 out of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 22 of 25 at the free throw line (88.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Minnesota allowed Brooklyn to collect 50 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Karl-Anthony Towns ended up being important for the Timberwolves in this contest. He knocked down 13 out of 22 for this contest for a rate of 59.1%, and added 12 rebounds. Towns recorded 31 points in his 38:58 minutes on the hardwood and had 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Minnesota was Anthony Edwards. He accumulated no assists in his 35:02 minutes played, and he shot 9 of 22 from the floor. Edwards walked away from this one going 40.9% from the floor in addition to earning 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Minnesota has a win-loss mark of 11-36 this season. Minnesota has accumulated 5,132 pts so far this season (109.2 per contest) and they grab 43.2 boards per game. The Timberwolves commit 21.3 fouls every game while shooting 76.2% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Timberwolves are hitting on 44.0% from the field, which has them ranked 28th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 25.1 times per contest (13th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.4 times per contest. The Timberwolves defensively are ranked 28th in the league in points allowed per game with 117.1. They have relinquished 26.4 dimes and 46.9 rebounds per game, which is ranked 26th and 26th in the league. The Minnesota defense gives up 38.4% on shots from distance (579 of 1,506) and their opponents are making 79.4% of their foul shots. They have forced 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the field (28th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (+3)
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