The New York Knicks will try and rebound from Thursday night’s loss to the Chicago Bulls when they get a look at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
The Wolves have started the season 2-0 and are fresh off pounding the Oklahoma City Thunder. Minnesota is scoring 112 points per game throughout the early going and looks to be healthy for the first time in what seems like ages.
New York on the other hand sit at 1-1 after nearly blowing a 25-point lead to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday and executing poorly down the stretch on Thursday. Not many Knicks have gotten off to good starts, but you have to be encouraged by the effort defensively as the Knicks have allowed only 82.5 points per game so far, good for the best mark in the NBA.
On paper at least, this should make for a pretty entertaining early season matchup.
Where can you catch the game and who has the edge? Here’s a look at everything you need to know.
When: November 3, 2013
Where: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York
Time: 7:30 p.m.EST
Spread: Knicks (-3.5)
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Key Matchup: Who Controls the Glass?
The Knicks were one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA a season ago and they haven’t gotten off to a good start this season either, averaging only 38.0 rebounds through two games. That could be big considering the Knicks frontcourt will be staring at Kevin Love.
Love, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds Friday, has missed the last two meetings with the Knicks after averaging 32.0 points and 22.3 boards over the previous three.
He had a career-high 31 boards with 31 points in the Timberwolves’ last victory over New York on Nov. 12, 2010.
If the Knicks struggle to get bodies on Love and Nikola Pekovic, it could be a long night.
Prediction: It’s only been two games so far, but as predicted, this Knicks team has more questions than answers heading into the season. One of those questions has to deal with who is going to score consistently for the Knicks? New York shot only 36 percent from the floor Thursday against the Bulls and will be facing a Minnesota defense than shut down Kevin Durant on Friday. Can the Wolves to the same to Carmelo Anthony? If Minnesota has a strong defensive effort against Anthony, they will break a four-game slide against the Knicks. However Melo has averaged 31.6 points per game over his last five home games against the Wolves. I look for a big night from Anthony and a Knicks win. New York 95, Minnesota 90
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