Minnesota Timberwolves vs. New York Knicks Pick and Prediction – NBA, Tuesday, January 18th (2022)

| January 17, 2022 9:34 pm PDT

We only have two games on Tuesday for the NBA, but the Timberwolves and Knicks game should be a good one. Both of these teams are looking to make the playoffs this season and are hungry for wins.

The Timberwolves have had some quality players over the past couple years, but have struggled to capitalize on it. This year is another year where they have a talented roster. Will it be more of the same for the Timberwolves or will they break through?

The Knicks made the playoffs last season, but haven’t looked as impressive so far this season. They have been banged up and inconsistent, but they still have a chance to make it back to the playoffs by the end of the season.

Let’s take a look at the odds for this game and why each team can win this game.

Odds for Timberwolves vs. Knicks

Minnesota Timberwolves -1.5-110
New York Knicks +1.5-110
Over 210.5-107
Under 210.5-113

The Wolves will be barely favored to win this game on the road. Their 1.5 point spread basically means you can pick whoever you want to win this one. The Knicks will have a tough task with having more injuries and being on a back to back.

I am a bit surprised that the Wolves aren’t at least a bit more of a favorite for this game. This could be a good chance for us to capitalize on these odds.

You can find these odds across the best NBA betting sites, so head over there to place your bets.

Why the Timberwolves Will Win

The Timberwolves have a lot of firepower this season. Their record is a game under .500 (21-22), but they look like a potential low seed playoff team for the West this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns is their leader, but Anthony Edwards is looking like a future superstar in his second NBA season. Towns and Edwards can be a great 1-2 punch for the Wolves and give them a bright future.

They have some solid veterans as well including D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Patrick Beverley. I think they are just a couple of pieces away from being a very solid team.

For now they will be good enough to beat teams like the Knicks. The biggest thing for the Wolves has been executing and actually performing. Being a good team on paper does not exactly mean you will be a successful team.

The Wolves have struggled offensively (21st in Offensive Rating), but they have been pretty solid defensively (9th in Defensive Rating). Altogether their net rating ranks as the 13th best in the NBA.

Some things the Wolves are doing well include offensive rebounding (3rd best in NBA), assist percentage (10th best in NBA), and play fast in terms of pace (5th highest in NBA).

I think the Wolves have an opportunity to capitalize offensively here given their star players. Towns, Edwards, Russell, and Beasley should be able to lead the Wolves to a decent day and maybe a win here.

The Knicks will be on a back to back, while the Wolves have been great so far this season on the road against the spread (13-8, 61.9% cover, 4th best in NBA).

Why the Knicks Will Win

I do think the Wolves have a better team on paper, but I like the Knicks coaching more. The Wolves have had good teams but they just can’t seem to pull through. Tom Thibodeau has been one of the best NBA coaches in recent memory, so he can come up with a plan to beat the Wolves.

Julius Randle has been solid again for the Knicks this season, but R.J Barrett also appears to be taking that next step as well.

This duo is averaging 36 points per game together (Randle 19.1, Barrett 16.9) and lead the offensive charge.

Something the Knicks will have to overcome in this game is injuries. They have injury problems with Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker, Nerlens Noel, and recent acquisition Cam Reddish. This means Randle and Barrett will have to do even more. Alec Burks, Evan Fournier, and Mitchell Robinson will have to do their part as well.

The Wolves are definitely a beatable team, so the Knicks can keep this one close.

Minnesota actually ranks as one of the worst NBA teams in terms of turnover percentage. They turn the ball over 15.1% of the time, which ranks 27th in the NBA.

The Knicks will be short handed on a back to back, so they do have an uphill battle here. But if the Wolves play sloppily against the Knicks, they can take advantage of that and find their way to a win.

New York has won 5 of their last 7 games, so they’ve enjoyed a solid stretch recently too.

My Pick for Timberwolves vs. Knicks

This game has potential to be a frustrating one. The Knicks could be tired out in this one since they are on a back to back, while the Wolves haven’t performed to the best of their ability either.

The Knicks also typically hit the under more than the over (26 out of 44 games go under, 59.1%). The Wolves on the other hand typically hit the over (23 out of 43 games, 53.5%). I would lean more towards the under in this game too.

New York could come out strong in the first half, but they should start feeling tired later in the game. Minnesota’s turnover issues could cause them issues in any game and this one is no different.

I would prefer the Timberwolves to win this one, but I trust the under here a bit more.

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Pick
  • Under 210.5
    -110
Anthony Haage

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