Official Game #49 Thread

Tonight the Wolves will welcome the Knicks to the Target Center

Statistical breakdown:

NY road record: 7-14
MIN home record: 7-17
NY record v. Western Conf: 6-12
MIN record v. Eastern conf: 5-12
NY PPG: 101.0 (12th)
MIN PPG: 97.3 (24th)
NY opponents PPG: 103.1 (23rd)
MIN opponents PPG: 107.0 (28th)
NY RPG: 41.1 (19th)
MIN RPG: 44.0 (3rd)
NY RPG Diff: -3.8 (27th)
MIN RPG Diff: 0.6 (13th)
NY AST/TO: 21.6/13.9
MIN AST/TO: 19.2/15.5
NY FG%: 45.1% (21st)
MIN FG%: 44.2% (26th)
NY opponents FG%: 47.2% (26th)
MIN opponents FG%: 47.5% (27th)
NY FT%: 76.9% (10th)
MIN FT%: 76.1% (14th)
Last meeting: NY 132-105
My prediction: NY 111-106

Preview: The T-Wolves will likely attempt to counter the Knicks athleticism with their new starting lineup (including Hollins and Gomes). Hollins will be a better matchup for either Jeffries or Chandler than Love was. Gomes will have a tough time defending Gaillinari’s length, but the Wolves really don’t have anyone who is able to matchup with Danilo. I would still love to see Minnesota counter Nate Robinson’s effectiveness with Jonny Flynn coming off the bench as a sparkplug. Considering Flynn likely will start though he needs to repeat his performance from the Clippers game as well as keep his emotions of playing his home team in check. Big Al needs to get deeper into the paint when he catches the ball into the post so he can use his superior back to the basket game. If the Wolves are going to win both Big Al and Love have to use their strength to their advantage. If the Wolves can force bad shots they have a clear rebounding edge. By exposing the Knicks rebounding weakness the Wolves will earn more shot attempts on offense and less for the Knicks defense. I think the difference in this game will be the bench play and the Knicks are much better in that regard than the Wolves.

Projected Starting lineups:

New York Knicks
PG: Chris Duhon 8.1 PPG, 6.4/1.8 AST/TO
SG: Jared Jeffries 5.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG
SF: Danilo Gallinari 14.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG
PF: Wilson Chandler 14.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG
C David Lee 19.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG

Minnesota Timberwolves
PG: Jonny Flynn 14.2 PPG, 4.2/2.9 AST/TO
SG: Corey Brewer 13.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG
SF: Ryan Gomes 10.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG
PF: Al Jefferson 17.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG
C: Ryan Hollins 5.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG

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