Knicks vs Timberwolves: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 31, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 31, 2021 - Last Updated on April 2, 2021

A game after he went off for 31 points in a 112-107 loss to the Nets, Karl-Anthony Towns leads the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-36) at home against the New York Knicks (24-23) on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The Timberwolves are underdogs by 3.5 points in the matchup, which starts at 8:00 PM ET on MSG. The over/under is 219 for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 31, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Knicks vs Timberwolves Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 31

Knicks:
Mitchell Robinson: Out (Ankle),
Derrick Rose: Day To Day (Ankle)

Timberwolves:
Josh Okogie: Day To Day (Health and Safety Protocols),
D’Angelo Russell: Out (Leg)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Knicks (-3.5)
Total Pick Under (219)
Prediction Knicks 112, Timberwolves 106

Both DraftKings and the model expect the Knicks to walk away with the win, but the model spread (5.1) is 1.6 points further in their direction.

The model predicts a total 1.1 points lower than the one set by DraftKings for this game.

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Knicks Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Julius Randle 46 23.0 10.8 5.8 0.9 0.2 2.0
RJ Barrett 47 17.4 6.1 3.1 0.7 0.2 1.2
Derrick Rose 27 13.6 2.1 4.3 1.1 0.4 1.0
Alec Burks 35 13.0 4.5 2.2 0.8 0.3 2.0
Immanuel Quickley 42 12.8 2.3 2.3 0.5 0.2 2.0

Knicks Player Props

  • Julius Randle’s rebounding prop total for the game is posted at 9.5 boards, 1.3 rebounds less than his season average of 10.8.
  • Reggie Bullock’s three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 3.5, 1.5 shots greater than his season average of 2.0.
  • Mitchell Robinson’s steals prop total for the game is set at 0.5, 0.7 steals lower than his season average of 1.2.

Timberwolves Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Karl-Anthony Towns 27 24.1 10.5 4.3 0.7 1.6 2.4
Malik Beasley 35 20.0 4.5 2.5 0.8 0.2 3.5
D’Angelo Russell 20 19.3 2.6 5.1 1.1 0.5 3.0
Anthony Edwards 47 17.2 4.4 2.5 1.0 0.4 2.1
Naz Reid 45 11.0 4.5 1.2 0.6 1.1 0.8

Timberwolves Player Props

  • Towns’ PRA prop total for the game is set at 41.5, 2.6 higher than his season average of 38.9.
  • Ricky Rubio’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 22.5, 4.1 greater than his season average of 18.4.
  • Malik Beasley’s three pointers made prop over/under for the contest is set at 3.5, equal to his season average of 3.5.
  • Rubio’s steals prop total for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.1 steals higher than his season average of 1.4.

Shooting Trends

  • The Knicks are shooting 45.1% from the field this season, 2.9 percentage points lower than the 48% the Timberwolves allow to opponents.
  • In games New York shoots better than 48% from the field, it is 15-2 against the spread and 15-2 overall.
  • Minnesota is 9-4-1 against the spread and 6-8 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 45.1% from the field.
  • The Timberwolves are shooting 44% from the field, 0.3% lower than the 44.3% the Knicks’ opponents have shot this season.
  • This season, Minnesota has a 10-8-1 record against the spread and a 6-13 record overall in games the team collectively shoots better than 44.3% from the field.
  • New York is 17-6 against the spread and 16-7 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot higher than 44% from the field.
  • The Knicks’ 37.2% three-point shooting percentage this season is only 1.2 percentage points lower than opponents of the Timberwolves have shot from beyond the arc (38.4%).
  • New York has assembled a 16-4 record against the spread and a 15-5 straight-up record in games this season when the team connects on more than 38.4% of its three-point shots.
  • Minnesota is 14-8 against the spread and 7-15 overall when its opponents shoot higher than 37.2% from deep.
  • The Timberwolves’ three-point shooting percentage this season (34.6%) is -1 percentage points lower than opponents of the Knicks are averaging (33.6%).
  • Minnesota has a 12-12-2 ATS record and is 8-18 straight-up when the team makes more than 33.6% of its three-point attempts.
  • New York has a 17-9 ATS record and a 17-9 straight-up record this season when it knocks down more than 34.6% of its three-point shots.
  • The Knicks make 10.8 three-pointers per game this season, 1.8 fewer made shots on average than the 12.6 per game the Timberwolves allow.
  • Minnesota has gone 14-9-2 against the spread and 8-17 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When New York hits fewer three-pointers than its opponents, it is 12-14 ATS and 9-17 straight up.
  • The Timberwolves rank 15th in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Knicks allow the ninth-fewest made threes in the league.

Knicks vs Timberwolves Stat Rankings

Knicks Rank Knicks AVG Timberwolves AVG Timberwolves Rank
28th 104.9 Points Scored 109.2 23rd
1st 104.6 Points Allowed 117.1 28th
5th 45.9 Rebounds 43.2 19th
8th 10.5 Off. Rebounds 10.5 8th
25th 10.8 3pt Made 12.6 15th
29th 20.9 Assists 25.1 13th
8th 12.8 Turnovers 13.8 20th

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