NBA – SUN 3/10 | 8:00 PM EDT | TARGET CENTER
The New York Knicks haven’t had much go their way this season and now find themselves in the middle of another slump. They will be trying to snap their losing streak and pick up a win over the Timberwolves, giving them their third win in their last eight games. The Knicks has been dismal on offense, averaging 105.8 points per game, which is 27th in the league. The team is shooting 43 % from the floor and 34 % three-pointers. Emmanuel Mudiay leads the way for New York with 14.4 points and 3.7 assists per game. DeAndre Jordan is averaging 12.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, while Kevin Knox is averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. New York have also struggled defensively, holding opponents to 114.2 points per game, which is 25th in the league. They played well in their last two games, holding their opponents to 104.5 points per game and will need to keep playing well to slow down the The Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have also struggled this season and have seen their playoff hopes slip through their fingers with their poor play in recent weeks after losing five of their last seven games. They will try to bounce back from their loss to Detroit with a win over the Knicks, giving them their second win in their last three games. Timberwolves have played well offensively, averaging 112.9 points per game. The team is shooting 45 % from the floor and 35 % three-pointers. Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way for Minnesota with 24.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. Derrick Rose is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists per game, while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 17.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Minnesota has struggled on defense and are giving up 113.2 points per game, which is 21st in the league. They gave up 127.8 points per game in their last two games and will need to play significantly better if they want to beat the The New York Knicks on Sunday.
The Timberwolves beat the Knicks by nine just a couple weeks ago in New York. Both teams have taken a dive since then, but Minnesota is a tough out at home, and New York isn’t a team that pulls road upsets. Minnesota is covering in nearly 60 percent of my simulations.