Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 10/30/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, October 30, 2023
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Atlanta
State Farm Arena is the site where the Atlanta Hawks (0-2) will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) on Monday.
The Timberwolves stepped onto the hardwood against the Heat and walked away with a win by a score of 106-90 in their last contest. When talking about fouls, the Timberwolves walked away with 17 while the Heat accounted for 12 fouls. They also buried 12 of 38 attempts from 3-point land. Miami went 57.1% from the charity stripe by converting 8 of 14 attempts. Furthermore, Miami totaled 42 rebounds (9 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Miami doled out 24 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. In terms of defense, Minnesota let their opponent shoot 40.2% from the floor on 35 out of 87 shooting. They also doled out 30 assists in this game while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 9 steals. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 47 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Timberwolves made 6 of 8 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. Minnesota finished with a 51.2% field goal percentage (44 out of 86) and made 12 of their 34 3-pointers.
Naz Reid is one player who was a factor in the matchup. Reid finished shooting 71.4% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist. He saw the court for 28 mins and snagged 8 rebounds. He was able to score 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting.
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Minnesota will enter this matchup with a record of 1-1 so far this year. They currently have an average of 100.0 pts per game (30th in the NBA) while connecting on 41.9% from the field. The Timberwolves are shooting 30.8% on shots from distance (20 of 65) and 80.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Minnesota is grabbing 54.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 50 assists for the campaign, which ranks 22nd in the league in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 15.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 15.5 personal fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game while drawing 15.0 personal fouls. They are 12th in the NBA in giving up assists with 51 conceded for the campaign. The Timberwolves defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.1% (71 of 177) and they relinquish 44.5 boards per game as a squad. They are conceding 35.6% on shots from distance and they are 2nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (93.5).
The last time they took the court, the Hawks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 126-120 against the Knicks. When discussing attacking the glass, Atlanta permitted New York to grab 45 overall (12 on the offensive side). They finished 45.5% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 20 of 44 and ended up going 20 of 28 at the free throw line (71.4%). The Hawks permitted the Knicks to convert 43 of their 90 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 47.8% in the game. When all was said and done, the Hawks walked away from this one shooting 42 out of 87 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.3%. Concerning 3-point shots, Atlanta converted 12 of their 32 tries (37.5%). They were able to bury 24 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. The Knicks committed 21 fouls for this contest which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for 30 attempts. They also gave up possession 14 times, while getting 8 steals in this contest. The Hawks earned 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for the game.
De'Andre Hunter was important for the Hawks for the contest. Hunter earned 27 points in his 32 minutes on the court and added 1 assist in this game. He made 8 of 13 in the matchup for a rate of 61.5%, and totaled 6 rebounds.
Atlanta has a mark of 0-2 for the campaign. The Hawks commit 19.5 fouls every game and they connect on 81.0% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 26.0 times per contest (12th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per contest. Atlanta has 230 pts for the year (115.0 per game) and they snag 43.0 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Hawks are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which ranks them 16th in the league.
The Atlanta defense allows 38.3% on 3-point attempts (31 of 81) and opponents are knocking down 72.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 32.0 dimes and 48.0 boards per game, which ranks them 29th and 23rd in the NBA. The Hawks are ranked 27th in the NBA in points given up per game with 121.0. They are forcing their opponents into 17.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 48.9% from the floor (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlanta
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