*10* SUPER POWER ~ Off 4-1 Thursday! SWEET 31-18 Overall Run!
Minnesota vs. New York,
12/02/2016 19:30 EDT,
Score: 114 - 118
Point Spread: +2/-115 Minnesota
10* Minnesota (7:35 ET): Thus far, the T'wolves have been real money-burners at the betting window. Their 5-13 ATS record is a league worst and in the interest of full disclosure, if it weren't for them, my NBA record would be pretty fantastic. I admit to taking them Wednesday, in this first game of a home and home w/ the Knicks, which they promptly lost 106-104 as 3.5-point favorites. But as was the case Wednesday, I still believe Minnesota to be the better team on Friday. Sure, they aren't very good defensively, but the Knicks remain worse and are being outscored by 3.5 pts per 100 possessions. Early line movement seems to indicate the "sharps" are w/ me on this one as well. Take the points.
Wednesday's game wasn't decided until Carmelo Anthony sunk the GW jumper w/ 2.3 seconds remaining. That negated an incredible effort by Karl-Anthony Towns, who led all scorers w/ 47 points and added 18 rebounds. Also, the T'wolves (for once!) closed the game strong, using a 20-3 run to tie the game up prior to Anthony's game-winner. Note that this is Minnesota's third three-game losing streak of the year. But they are a perfect 2-0 SU/ATS off the previous two, beating Orlando by 16 (on the road) and Phoenix by 13 (also on the road). Wednesday was the team's fourth loss already by four points or less. I will continue to maintain that the T'wolves are better than the record shows and better than the Knicks.
New York continues to give up an average of 106.1 PPG, which is problematic when you're favored. In defensive efficiency, they are tied for 26th. I'm very surprised to see that the Knicks have covered seven of nine, but note that four of those SU wins have been by four points or less. So, what it boils down to here is the Knicks have been coming out on the right side of some close games while the opposite is true for the T'wolves. I look for that trend to reverse itself here as Minnesota is far too talented to continue losing like this. Courtney Lee is doubtful for the Knicks tonight while Joakim Noah is questionable. 10* Minnesota