Atlanta Hawks vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/18/21

Atlanta Hawks vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/18/21 Photo by Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8) at Atlanta Hawks (5-7)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -7.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks meet Monday in NBA action at the State Farm Arena.

The Minnesota Timberwolves look for a win after losing eight of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 108.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 118.7 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 22 points and 4.3 assists while D’Angelo Russell is averaging 20.7 points and 5.5 assists. Malik Beasley is the third double-digit scorer and Anthony Edwards is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

The Atlanta Hawks need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 111.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 23.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while De’Andre Hunter is averaging 16 points and 6.3 rebounds. John Collins is the third double-digit scorer and Cam Reddish is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game.

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The Timberwolves are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 12-26 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The Hawks are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Timberwolves last 7 overall. The under is 8-0 in Hawks last 8 overall. The Timberwolves are 8-3-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Atlanta and 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I'm not eager to back either of these teams that are piling up the losses and can't cover a game to save their life. However, I have little confidence in the Minnesota Timberwolves and their inability to play defense and not having Towns makes things even worse. The Atlanta Hawks can't get out of their own way, but the talent is there and it just feels like things will turn around eventually. There's better betting options on a loaded NBA card, but it's the Hawks or pass for me. 

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Randy’s Pick Atlanta Hawks -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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