Atlanta Hawks vs Minnesota Timberwolves Prediction, 1/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-3.5)
The Atlanta Hawks (7-7) head to Target Center on Friday where they'll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-10). Minnesota opens this contest as 3.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 224.
The Atlanta Hawks faced the Detroit Pistons and took home the win by a score of 123-115 in their last game. Atlanta ended the contest having earned a 44.0% field goal percentage (44 out of 100) and knocked down 9 of their 24 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hawks made 26 of their 38 attempts for a rate of 68.4%. Concerning grabbing boards, they collected 63 with 23 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 21 assists for the matchup as well as having 6 steals and 10 blocks. In reference to defending, Atlanta allowed 45.4% from the field on 44 out of 97 shooting. Detroit earned 22 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Pistons grabbed 42 rebounds (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Detroit went 89.5% at the free throw line by burying 17 of their 19 tries. They knocked down 10 of their 31 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Trae Young is someone who played a role in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 38 points on 11 out of 26 shooting. He played 44:01 minutes and also pulled down 4 boards. Young finished the game shooting 42.3% from the floor and also distributed 10 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Hawks was John Collins. He had 11 boards and had 2 dimes. He ended up going 54.2% from the field for this contest via 13-of-24 (31 points). When the final whistle blew, Collins saw the court for 43:21 minutes.
Atlanta heads into this game with a mark of 7-7 on the year. They average 112.0 points per game (13th in the NBA) while going 43.8% from the floor. The Hawks are hitting 34.2% on 3-pointers (171 of 500) and 80.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Atlanta is grabbing 49.8 rebounds per game and has 342 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 15.1 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.1 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Hawks are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 20.9 personal fouls. They are giving up 32.9% from beyond the arc and they are 11th in the NBA in PPG allowed (109.6). The Hawks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 43.7% (182 of 293) and they surrender 45.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 8th in basketball in giving up assists with 316 conceded on the campaign.
In their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a defeat with a final score of 97-96 when they faced the Orlando Magic. The Timberwolves snagged 35 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for the contest. They also blocked 12 shots while earning 5 steals in this contest. The Magic committed 17 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Timberwolves to the charity stripe for 14 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 64.3%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, Minnesota knocked down 15 of 35 tries (42.9%). When the game finished, the Timberwolves finished 36 for 85 from the field which had them at 42.4%. The Timberwolves allowed the Magic to bury 36 out of their 92 tries from the field which left them shooting 39.1% in the matchup. They finished 32.3% from three-point range by connecting on 10 of 31 and finished the contest at 15 of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Minnesota permitted Orlando to get 48 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
D'Angelo Russell ended up being a factor for the Timberwolves for the contest. He buried 7 of 17 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 41.2%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Russell totaled 2 boards in his 31:42 mins of time on the hardwood and had 6 assists in the matchup. One more player that played a role for Minnesota was Naz Reid. He totaled 14 points in 29:11 mins played by way of 5 of 8 shooting in this contest. Reid wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 3 boards.
Minnesota has a mark of 3-10 this year. The Timberwolves are responsible for committing 20.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.3% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.8 times per game (21st in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.1 times per contest. Minnesota has accounted for 1,388 pts so far this season (106.8 per game) and they pull down 44.5 boards per game. As an offense, the Timberwolves are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 26th in the league. The Timberwolves are ranked 27th in basketball in PPG given up with 116.2. They surrender 27.5 dimes and 46.2 rebounds per game, which is ranked 29th and 23rd in the NBA. The Minnesota defense allows 37.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (158 of 425) and their opponents are knocking down 76.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the floor (25th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta (-3.5)
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