Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game Information
Atlanta Hawks (7-7) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-10)
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Target Center
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports North Plus
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Hawks -190 / Timberwolves +160) (Current: Hawks -190 / Timberwolves +160)
Spread: (Open: Hawks -4.5) (Current: Hawks -4.5)
Total: (Open: Off the Board) (Current: Off the Board)
NBA Championship Odds: Hawks +12000 / Timberwolves +24000
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves News and Notes
Atlanta lists five players on their injury report: Cam Reddish (knee), De’Andre Hunter (knee), and Danilo Gallinari (ankle) will be game-time decisions. Kris Dunn (ankle) is out until mid-February, while Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will be out until March.
Minnesota lists four players on their injury report: Keita Bates-Diop (illness) and Josh Okogie (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Ricky Rubio (COVID-19 protocols) is out through January 23rd, and Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19) is out until January 29th.
- Atlanta is 5-1 ATS in their last seven meetings.
- Atlanta is 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 meetings in Minnesota.
- Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in their last five games on Friday.
- The total is 4-0 to the under in Atlanta’s last four away games.
- The total is 9-1 to the under in Atlanta’s last 10 games.
- The total is 5-1 to the over in their last six meetings.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions and Picks
It’s been a miserable start to the season for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is just 3-10, and they continue to be without their best player, Karl-Anthony, who tested positive with COVID-19 while already out with an injured wrist. The Timberwolves are clearly experiencing some growing pains as the youngest team in the league (average age is 23.6 years old), with a coach entering his second full season at the helm.
If you’re a Timberwolves fan, you can’t be too pleased with some recent comments made by D’Angelo Russell before Wednesday’s game against the Magic: “Being inexperienced, you’ve got to live with those mistakes throughout the game,” Russell said. “When it’s two or three minutes to go down the stretch, we make the same defensive mistakes that we were making in the first quarter.”
He later went on to discuss some of their situational issues in going from defense to offense: “We’re not rewarding guys for running in transition, including myself, so guys don’t trust the run in transition because they don’t feel they’re going to get rewarded.”
Those comments are concerning because repetitive mistakes and a lack of trust for one’s teammates is never a good sign when you’re trying to win basketball games.
Atlanta center Clint Capela gave Minnesota all kinds of trouble in their last meeting as he went off for 23 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks. With Towns sidelined, the Timberwolves don’t have a player who can match up with Capela and usher him out of the paint, so he’s less effective. Russell has been doing much of the heavy lifting, but Minnesota lacks enough healthy players who can pitch in with double-digit performances.
This play is strictly a fade on the Timberwolves, and I’m willing to lay the 4.5 points with the road favorite Atlanta Hawks.
The Pick: Hawks -4.5