Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 1/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+7.5)
The Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8) travel to State Farm Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Atlanta Hawks (5-7). Minnesota opens this matchup as 7.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 228.5.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the court against the Memphis Grizzlies and took a loss by a final of 118-107 in their last contest. Minnesota ended the game with a 43.3% FG percentage (39 out of 90) and converted 9 of 37 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves knocked down 20 of 24 attempts for a rate of 83.3%. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 48 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 27 assists in the matchup as well as earning 3 steals and 6 rejections. Pertaining to the defense, Minnesota allowed their opponent to shoot 47.2% from the field on 50 out of 106 shooting. Memphis distributed 33 dimes and had 11 steals for this game. Moreover, the Grizzlies collected 47 rebounds (15 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Memphis finished the game shooting 76.9% from the free throw line by making 10 of their 13 shots. They knocked down 8 of their 25 attempts from long range.
Malik Beasley is someone who was a major contributor in the game. He walked away with 28 points on 11 of 23 shooting. He was on the court for 33:56 mins played and collected 6 rebounds. Beasley finished the game shooting 47.8% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Timberwolves was D'Angelo Russell. He had 3 rebounds and also tallied 8 dimes. He finished the game shooting 47.6% from the floor for the matchup by going 10-of-21 (25 points). When the game finished, Russell was on the court for 36:06 min.
Minnesota heads into this contest with a record of 3-8 on the campaign. The Timberwolves are shooting 32.8% on three-point attempts (124 of 378) and 75.2% from the charity stripe. They average 108.6 pts per contest (23rd in the NBA) while going 44.4% from the field. They are giving up possession 14.7 times per game and as a group are committing 20.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling in 45.2 rebounds per game and has tallied 262 assists for the season, which ranks 26th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Timberwolves have forced 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.9 personal fouls. They are ranked 14th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 300 relinquished for the campaign. The Timberwolves defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 48.4% (151 of 219) and they concede 45.9 boards per game as a group. They surrender 37.4% on shots from distance while they are 27th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (118.7).
The last time they took the court, the Atlanta Hawks went home defeated by a final of 112-106 against the Portland Blazers. The Hawks were able to pull down 41 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for the game. They also rejected 6 tries while recording 4 steals for this game. The Blazers earned 20 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for a total of 28 tries. They were able to make 24 of them for a percentage of 85.7%. When it comes to shooting from distance, Atlanta knocked down 6 of their 30 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hawks finished the game shooting 38 for 87 from the floor which had them at 43.7%. The Hawks permitted the Blazers to knock down 40 out of 103 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.8% for this contest. They shot 34.1% from three-point range by connecting on 15 out of 44 and finished the contest at 17 out of 20 at the free throw line (85.0%). In regard to rebounds, Atlanta allowed Portland to snag 55 in all (17 on the offensive glass).
Trae Young ended up having an impact for the Hawks for the contest. He made 7 of 23 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 30.4%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Young grabbed 7 boards in his 38:52 mins of time on the hardwood and added 11 assists for this game. One more player that played a role for Atlanta was Clint Capela. He ended up walking away with 25 points in his 36:31 mins on the court by way of 11 out of 16 from the floor in the matchup. Capela wrapped this one up going 68.8% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 15 rebounds.
Atlanta has a mark of 5-7 so far this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Hawks are hitting on 43.5% from the field, which has them ranked 29th in basketball. Atlanta has earned 1,337 pts on the year (111.4 per contest) and they grab 48.8 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 24.1 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest. The Hawks have committed 20.8 fouls per game while shooting 81.0% from the charity stripe. The Hawks on the defensive side of the court are 15th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 110.3. They are forcing their opponents into 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.9% from the floor (2nd in the league). The Atlanta defense surrenders 32.5% on 3-point attempts (143 of 440) and their opponents are making 82.1% of their foul shots. They have conceded 22.7 assists and 46.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 5th and 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta (-7.5)
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