Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 3/13/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Monday, March 13, 2023
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Atlanta
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+4)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are traveling to State Farm Arena on Monday where they will take on the Atlanta Hawks. Minnesota opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 232.
The Timberwolves faced off with the Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 124-123 in their last game. Minnesota wrapped up the game having earned a 49.0% field goal percentage (48 out of 98) and made 9 out of their 30 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Timberwolves knocked down 18 of their 29 attempts for a percentage of 62.1%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 47 with 12 of them being offensive. They also doled out 29 dimes for the game in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When talking about defending, Minnesota allowed the other team to go 46.2% from the field on 42 out of 91 shooting. Brooklyn distributed 20 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Moreover, Brooklyn grabbed 48 rebounds (12 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 6 blocked shots. Brooklyn shot 72.7% from the free throw line by making 24 of their 33 attempts. They buried 16 of their 34 tries from beyond the arc. When discussing fouls, the Timberwolves walked away with 21 while the Nets recorded 26 fouls.
Anthony Edwards is one player who was a contributor in this contest. Edwards finished 46.2% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 44 minutes played and also grabbed 6 boards. He accounted for 32 points on 12 out of 26 shooting.
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Minnesota will play this game with a mark of 34-34 on the year. They average 115.4 points per contest (12th in the NBA) while hitting 49.0% from the floor. The Timberwolves are hitting 35.8% on three-point shots (818 of 2,285) and 76.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Minnesota is pulling down 41.5 boards per game and is sitting with 1,734 dimes for the campaign, which is 9th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.6 times per contest and as a group they commit 21.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Timberwolves are forcing their opponents into 15.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 13th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,720 relinquished so far this season. The Timberwolves defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.0% (2,828 of 6,022) and they surrender 44.8 rebounds per game as a group. They relinquish 37.3% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 19th in basketball in opponents PPG (115.7).
The last time they took the court, the Hawks took a loss by a score of 134-125 against the Celtics. When talking about team rebounding, Atlanta permitted Boston to collect 40 in all (5 offensive). They finished 47.6% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 20 of 42 and finished the contest at 10 out of 12 from the charity stripe (83.3%). The Hawks permitted the Celtics to bury 52 out of their 95 attempts from the field which left them shooting 54.7% in the game. When the final whistle blew, the Hawks went 50 out of 100 from the field which had them sitting at 50.0%. In the matter of shooting from 3-point land, Atlanta converted 10 out of their 34 attempts (29.4%). They were able to convert 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 93.8%. The Celtics were called for 21 personal fouls for the contest which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 4 steals in this game. The Hawks snagged 35 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 48 in this contest.
Trae Young ended up being a major contributor for the Hawks for this game. He made 12 out of 27 in this contest for a field goal rate of 44.4%, and had 3 rebounds. Young earned 35 points in his 34 mins on the court and accumulated 13 assists for the matchup.
Atlanta has a record of 34-34 for the year. The Hawks commit 19.1 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 81.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 24.7 times per game (20th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per game. Atlanta has totaled 7,975 points so far this season (117.3 per contest) and they grab 43.6 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Hawks are shooting 48.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 9th in basketball.
The Atlanta defense gives up 35.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (808 of 2,285) and their opponents are converting on 81.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 25.7 assists and 44.7 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 16th and 23rd in the NBA. The Hawks on defense are ranked 22nd in the NBA in PPG given up with 117.2. They are forcing their opponents into 14.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.1% from the field (24th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (-4)
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