Hawks vs Timberwolves Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -5.5
Target Center is the venue where Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-33, 5th in the Northwest Division) will take on the Atlanta Hawks (13-37, 5th in the Southeast Division) on Wednesday. Atlanta opens this matchup as 5.5 point dogs. The over/under is set at 235.5.
The Hawks cover the spread 45.1% of the time, having gone 23-28-0 ATS. Minnesota covers the spread 36.2% of the time, going 17-30-2 against the spread.
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
02/03/20 PG Trae Young Ankle is upgraded to probable Monday vs Boston
02/03/20 PF Bruno Fernando Calf is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs Boston
02/03/20 PF De'Andre Hunter Ankle is downgraded to out Monday vs Boston
02/02/20 SG DeAndre' Bembry Hand is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs Boston
02/02/20 SF Cameron Reddish Concussion is downgraded to out Monday vs Boston
01/31/20 C Alex Len Hip is out indefinitely
01/07/20 PF Jabari Parker Shoulder is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/03/20 SG Allen Crabbe Knee is downgraded to doubtful Monday vs Sacramento
01/27/20 SF Jake Layman Toe is out indefinitely
Trae Young comes into this contest averaging 29.2 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 9.0 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. John Collins averages 19.4 points per game in 30.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 10.2 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 56% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Karl-Anthony Towns averages 26.9 points per game while playing 33.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.8 rebounds per game and has 4.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Andrew Wiggins averages 22.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta averages 109.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -9.1 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 30th in the league. They average 42.9 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per game, which ranks them 24th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 1st with 16.6 per game. The Hawks allow 118.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 47.0 rebounds a game which ranks 27th and they give up 24.5 assists per contest, which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 15th in the league with 111.4 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -3.9. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 29th in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.0 boards per game, and 19th in assists per contest with 23.5. The Timberwolves are 6th in turnovers per game with 15.4. The Timberwolves surrender 115.3 points per contest, which ranks them 27th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 21st and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 9th with 23.4 assists allowed per contest and 29th with 47.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Timberwolves are 24th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.4 per game.
The Hawks are 30th in the league in defensive rating with 113.7, and their offensive rating of 105 is ranked 28th. They are 3rd in the NBA in pace with 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 24th. As a unit they are 24th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 12th in the NBA. Atlanta is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 6th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 14th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 13th in the league. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 107, and their defensive rating of 110.7 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 7th in the league with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 26th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 43% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Atlanta +5.5
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