The Minnesota Timberwolves (5-5, 4-3 Home) host the New York Knicks (4-5, 1-3 Away) Monday in what is likely to be a high-scoring game. New York was defeated by the Boston Celtics 133-118 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Julius Randle was a top performer in the loss with 29 points and nine rebounds. The Knicks are sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Minnesota got the win on Saturday at Target Center, beating the Houston Rockets 129-117. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, leading the team. The Timberwolves are 11th in the Western Conference.
The teams are meeting for the first time this season. New York and Minnesota split their matchups last season, taking one apiece. The Timberwolves came out on top in the last meeting 112-110 at Madison Square Garden on January 18. Evan Fournier led all players in scoring with 27 points in the loss.
Anthony Edwards had 21 points for the Timberwolves, while Towns was a key contributor with 20 points. The Knicks have been led this season by Jalen Brunson (19.3 ppg), RJ Barrett (19.3), and Randle (18.9). Randle also has grabbed 9.0 rebounds per game, while Brunson has dished 7.2 assists per game.
Edwards and Towns have been the primary providers for the T’Wolves on offense, averaging 22.8 and 22.0 points per game, respectively. Towns also has tallied 5.5 assists per game. Rudy Gobert has averaged 13.9 rebounds per game.
The Knicks and the Timberwolves are both averaging 114.4 points per game, respectively, ranking tied for third in the NBA in scoring. The Knicks are 6-4 in the last 10 games at Target Center. Minnesota has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 114.4 points per game on average while holding opponents to 114.0 (+0.4 margin).
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Jaylen Nowell: 7.6 | 11.9 | -4.3
Rebounds per game:
Anthony Edwards: 3.4 | 5.4 | -2.0
SportsTips’ NBA Pick:
Minnesota Timberwolves (-145)
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