Check out our free Hawks vs Timberwolves pick and preview for this NBA game in Minneapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Hawks vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Atlanta Hawks at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Wednesday, March 22nd
- Betting Odds MIN -4, ATL +151 | MIN -185 O/U OFF
So far, the Hawks have put together an overall record of 36-36, while going 32-39-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Hawks took down the Pistons by a score of 129-107. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 13 point favorites. Atlanta was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Pistons in each quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Trae Young, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 36.8% of his shots.
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 36-37, while going 35-38-0 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Timberwolves are averaging 126 points per game while allowing 131. This has led to a record of 1-2.
The Timberwolves are coming off a 140-134 win over the Knicks. This win came despite entering the game as the 8 point underdogs. In the game, Minnesota was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Knicks by 9 going into the second half. In the win, Taurean Prince led the team in scoring with 35 points on a field goal percentage of 92.3%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Timberwolves picked up the win 136-115 win over the Hawks. Heading into the game, Minnesota was the 5.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hawks averaged 127.5 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Hawks saw a boost in scoring, the Timberwolves averaged 116.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Atlanta. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Hawks have averaged 118 points per game compared to 112 for Minnesota. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Atlanta. Atlanta and Minnesota averaged a combined 230 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Atlanta is averaging 117.6 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Hawks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 9th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Currently, the Hawks defense is ranked 21st in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.38 points per game vs the unit.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Dejounte Murray who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game. At the time of this article, Murray is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 102nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Atlanta benefit from having both of their top scorers as Trae Young leads the team and is 14th in the league in scoring (26.8). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 22nd in points allowed to point-guards.
Coming into today’s action, Minnesota is averaging 115.9 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.0 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Minnesota is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.4 possessions per game.
Defensively, Minnesota has had its problems giving up an average of 113.3 points per game (24th).
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Anthony Edwards, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Edwards leads the team in scoring at 24.7 points per game while Gobert is 2nd at 13.9. For the season, Edwards is 26th in the NBA in usage rate and 77th in player efficiency. Behind him, Gobert has taken 9.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 66.8%.
Hawks vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hawks +4
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF