Knicks at Timberwolves [Dec 28] - NBA Predictions And Picks

Ernesto Cova

The Minnesota Timberwolves will look to keep their solid season up when they host the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Tom Thibodeau's team has been fairly disappointing this season after being one of the biggest surprises in the league last year.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, continue to find ways to win games despite being heavily hit by injuries and COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks.

Check out our picks, predictions, key stats, numbers, and storylines for this exciting clash.

The Knicks Are Getting Healthier

The Knicks had to endure a tough bout with COVID-19 but are finally getting healthy again.

In the meantime, Kemba Walker sure put coach Thibodeau in a predicament, proving that he's too good to be left out of the rotation and carrying the offensive load for the Knicks.

Walker could take a backseat again when Immanuel Quickley comes back after his conditioning, although Derrick Rose is expected to be out until at least February, so there's a slight chance he's still a part of the rotation.

Can The Timberwolves Hold On?

Against all odds, the Timberwolves are flirting with .500 basketball this season.

They've been pretty impressive when all D'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Anthony Edwards have been on the court at the same time. However, that rarely happens, as Russell has been often hurt and Towns has been in and out of the lineup as well.

They're pretty banged up ahead of his game but have shown glimpses of being a team that's ready to compete for a playoff berth once and for all.

Key Stats, Injuries, And Trends

Immanuel Quickley, Danuel House, Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel, and Kevin Knox will be all out for the visitors, while D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, Patrick Beverley, Naz Reid, Taurean Prince, and Jarred Vanderbilt will also be on street clothes.

The Knicks are just 14-19 ATS for the season and 0-4 ATS following a win for 10+ points, per Covers.com

Also, the Under is 5-0 in their last five meetings overall and 4-1 in their past five games at Target Center.

Picks For Knicks At Timberwolves

The New York Knicks should have no trouble covering the 4.5-point spread against an injury-riddled Minnesota Timberwolves team.

The Timberwolves gritted their way to a win over the Celtics last night and will be on short rest and quite undermanned against a well-rested Knicks team.

Also, we expect Tom Thibodeau's side to establish their slow-paced, defensive-minded rhythm in the game. The Timberwolves lack a true scoring threat with all their stars out, so this game is likely to follow the recent trend and fall short of the 212.5 total.

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