7* Friday NBA NYK/MIN
New York vs. Minnesota,
02/08/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 100 - 94
Total: -105/+196½ Under
New York & Minnesota under 196.5
The Minnesota Timberwolves host the New York Knicks on Friday. Minnesota is coming off a 104-94 loss to San Antonio, while New York dropped their last game to Washington, 106-96.
The Knicks were victorious in the first meeting between these teams, 94-91. The team’s last game against Washington hides how well the team has fared at the defensive end off the court.
In the nine games prior to that contest, the Knicks held their opponent under 90 points six times, with those nine opponents scoring an average of just 89.0 points per game.
Bodies are dropping left and right in Minnesota this season. The latest victim is Andrei Kirilenko who is doubtful with a strained quad. The Timberwolves rank last in the NBA from behind the arc, making them ultra-reliant on their play in the paint.
With Kevin Love gone and now Kirlienko joining him on the sideline, the team will be hard-pressed to score consistently. They’ll have an especially tough time on this night with All Star and former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler guarding the paint for New York.
The Knicks have played under the total in four of their last five road games and eight of their last 11 games overall. Take the UNDER.
Good Luck, Razor Ray
7* Play on New York & Minnesota under 196.5