- The Timberwolves visit the Knicks at MSG on Tuesday
- This is the second game of a back-to-back for New York
- Find the odds, preview, and prediction below
The Minnesota Timberwolves hit the road on Tuesday for a cross-conference matchup with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM EST.
Minnesota is coming off a huge 119-99 win over the Golden State Warriors, but they were playing without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. As for the Knicks, they were beaten 97-87 by the LaMelo Ball-less Charlotte Hornets on MLK Day. Tuesday will be the first of a three-game homestand for them.
This is the second meeting between the two squads this season, with New York winning 96-88 on December 28th on the road.
Timberwolves vs Knicks Odds
|Minnesota Timberwolves||-1 (-110)||-116||OFF|
|New York Knicks||+1(-110)||-102||OFF|
Odds as of January 17th at FanDuel.
While the spread is extremely slim here, the Knicks are just 7-11 as an ATS underdog this season.Advertising Disclosure
Timberwolves Should be Confident After Big Win
Although two of their best players weren’t on the floor, it’s always a positive when you can beat a team like the Warriors. Minnesota absolutely dominated Golden State on Sunday, leading by as many as 27 at one point. Karl-Anthony Towns led the charge in this contest, dropping a game-high 26 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.
Four other players scored at least 10 points, which made up for the cold night from Anthony Edwards, who was limited to just nine points in 27 minutes of action. The lack of Draymond and Steph was evident as the Timberwolves had their way offensively, dishing out 30 assists which helped them find countless good looks, shooting 37% from long range and 51% overall.
📍 The Big Apple pic.twitter.com/xKe0ByufYi
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 17, 2022
The one area where Chris Finch’s team really thrived was in the paint, outscoring the Dubs by a whopping 54-32. That won’t be so easy against the Knicks though, who ranks second in the league in points allowed inside per game. But if Minny can keep it tight defensively, shoot the ball efficiently, and get a bounce-back performance from Edwards, this will be a competitive matchup.
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New York Need to Respond
The Knicks have been playing better lately, going 6-4 in their last 10 games. But, they were very poor on Monday against a Hornets team who were missing their best player in LaMelo. Charlotte held New York to a mere 87 points and frankly, it was an offensive performance to forget. Tom Thibodeau’s squad got just 36 points combined from RJ Barrett and Julius Randle, with both of them collecting 18 apiece, a team-high.
The first two quarters are what really hurt the Knicks, going into the half trailing 62-44. The final two periods were definitely better, but their slow start made it tough to catch up, especially since Miles Bridges and Terry Rozier torched them all game long. In most areas, it wasn’t an awful showing. New York rebounded well and shot 40% from the field. It simply came down to the lack of production from the entire rotation.
Back to work tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VDYEeEEoeC
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 17, 2022
Prior to the loss though, they did win three in a row and now sit at 22-22 on the season, which currently puts them in a play-in spot. The Knicks have also collected five straight victories at Madison Square Garden after previously struggling earlier in the campaign on home court.
Timberwolves vs Knicks Prediction
With the spread at just one point, the moneyline is going to offer more value here. While both teams have records under .500 on the road/at home, I like how NY is playing lately, especially in front of the Knicks faithful. They’re also 5-3 in 2021/22 in back-to-backs. That being said, Thibodeau’s group will deliver.
Pick: Knicks -102