Wed. May 31st, 2023

Each of the NBA’s 30 teams is in action on Monday evening, with an intriguing matchup set to unfold in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Timberwolves host the New York Knicks in a cross-conference tilt. Minnesota is 5-5 overall and 4-3 at home this season, including a win over Houston its last matchup. New York is 4-5 overall and 1-3 on the road after four losses in the last five games. Quentin Grimes (foot) is listed as questionable for the Knicks, with Mitchell Robinson (knee) ruled out. Rudy Gobert (protocols) is out for the Timberwolves.

Tip-off is at 9:15 p.m. ET in Minneapolis. Caesars Sportsbook lists Minnesota as the 4.5-point home favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 231.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Timberwolves odds. Before making any Timberwolves vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four seasons. The model enters Week 3 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 97-65 roll on all top-rated NBA picks that dates back to last season, returning more than $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Timberwolves and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Timberwolves vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Timberwolves spread: Timberwolves -4.5
  • Knicks vs. Timberwolves over/under: 231.5 points
  • Knicks vs. Timberwolves money line: Minnesota -190, New York +158
  • NYK: The Knicks are 4-5 against the spread this season
  • MINN: The Timberwolves are 4-6 against the spread this season
  • Knicks vs. Timberwolves picks: See picks at SportsLine

Featured Game | Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks

Why the Knicks can cover

New York has potential edges on both ends. The Knicks are excellent on the offensive glass, grabbing 31.9% of missed shots, and New York is shooting 54.2% from inside the 3-point arc. New York also has three players averaging at least 18 points per game, and Minnesota is last in the NBA in assists allowed. The Wolves are also allowing opponents to shoot 37% from 3-point range this season, and New York is stingy on defense. 

Opponents are shooting only 43.1% from the floor and 49.1% from 2-point range against the Knicks, ranking in the top five in both areas, and New York is yielding only 23.0 free attempts per game. Minnesota is shooting only 33.1% from beyond the 3-point arc on offense this season, and the Timberwolves have a weakness in ball security, committing 16.1 turnovers per contest.

Why the Timberwolves can cover

Minnesota is playing quite well on defense to begin the season. The Timberwolves are in the top 10 of the NBA in defensive efficiency, giving up only 1.09 points per possession through 10 games. That includes top-five marks in 2-point efficiency allowed (49.6%) and field goal efficiency allowed (44.2%), and Minnesota is forcing 15.6 turnovers per game. New York is in the bottom third of the NBA in free throw creation and 3-point accuracy, furthering a strong defensive projection for Minnesota. 

On the other side, the Timberwolves are in the top 10 of the NBA in assists (26.2 per game) and 2-point shooting (55.8%), with a pair of players averaging at least 22 points per game. Minnesota is also facing a New York defense that is last in 3-pointers allowed per game (14.9), and the Knicks are in the bottom 10 of the NBA in turnover creation, steals and assist prevention.

How to make Timberwolves vs. Knicks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 224 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only get the model’s NBA picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Knicks vs. T’Wolves? And which side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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