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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks - 12/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (9-24) at Minnesota Timberwolves (16-18)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -9 -- Over/Under: 230
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The Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves meet Friday in NBA action at the Target Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 109 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 118.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 18.6 points and 10 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.2 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could also use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 111.1 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.9 points and 11.6 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.7 points and 4.7 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Timberwolves are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have won five of their last seven home games.

The Hawks are 3-15 ATS in their last 18 Friday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss. The Timberwolves are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Friday games. The Hawks are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Timberwolves last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Hawks last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Atlanta Hawks have been able to scrap some victories here and there, but they're also being outscored by 10.4 points on the road this season and don't play much defense. The Minnesota Timberwolves put together an impressive beatdown over the Chicago Bulls and now return home where they're 11-6 ATS this season and outscoring teams by 6.2 points on average. This is a lot of chalk to lay with the Timberwolves, but the Hawks don't provide much betting value on the road.

Minnesota Timberwolves -9

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