Hawks vs. Timberwolves - 1/25/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (7-35) at Atlanta Hawks (36-8)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -17 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, TSOH
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks play Sunday afternoon at the Philips Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost four of their last five games and begin a two-game road trip. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 97.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 107.4 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.1 points and 4.2 rebounds while Thaddeus Young is averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. Mo Williams is dishing 6.5 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing teams to shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from deep in their last five games. Poor defense is what’s killed the Timberwolves all year, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in 18 of their last 21 games. Kevin Martin is questionable for this game with a wrist injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks continue to run away with the East with 15 straight victories. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.2 points and 7.5 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks continue to play flawless basketball, especially on the defensive end where they’re allowing teams to shoot 41.1 percent from the field and 28.5 percent from downtown in their last five games. The Hawks have held their last eight opponents under 100 points and are 19-3 SU on their home court.
The Timberwolves are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The Hawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 41-15 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Timberwolves are 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta and 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
You guys know how I feel about huge chalk, especially in an NBA game where games are often close. While we've been pounding the Hawks during this stretch, I just can't ignore this many free points regardless of how bad Minnesota is.