Minnesota Timberwolves (1-1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (1-2)
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks 10/30/23 – The NBA season is underway, and Monday night promises to be exciting as Minnesota Timberwolves take on Atlanta Hawks. Both teams hold 1-1 records with Minnesota currently holding on with 1 win while Atlanta holds slightly more with 2 victories, so both will look to secure their spots early in the year. As excitement builds up among fans searching for NBA picks and tips ahead of this matchup.
The Timberwolves average 100 points per game with an impressive 41.9% field goal percentage and are shooting 32.5 3-point attempts each game that are converted at 30.8% rate. Their defensive metrics also stand out, boasting 54.5 rebounds, 8.5 steals, and 6 blocks per game; however, 15.5 fouls may pose some concern for them.
Atlanta Hawks have shown themselves to be more potent on offense, averaging 115 points per game with a 45% field goal percentage and 27.9% 3-point conversion rate; their free throw prowess cannot be ignored either, boasting an 81% conversion rate. Their defense matches up well against Minnesota Timberwolves with 43 rebounds, 10 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while being more aggressive as evidenced by 19.5 fouls per game from Hawks players.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks 10/30/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
|Where:||State Farm Arena|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Anthony Edwards (SG) vs. Trae Young (PG)
Anthony Edwards has been consistently producing impressive scores with 22.5 points per game in each of the first two matches for the Timberwolves, while playing 36 minutes each game and averaging 8 rebounds a game — 2.5 of them offensive rebounds! There is still room for improvement however; his turnover rate stands at two per game.
Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks point guard extraordinaire, has averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 assists per game while his assist-turnover ratio stands at 1.9; his turnovers per game have increased slightly from previous seasons (5.5 per game), however. Young’s defensive ability – marked by 2 steals per game on average – will prove essential against Minnesota Timberwolves.
When these two players meet on the court, the dynamics can quickly shift. Edwards’ offensive rebounding may put pressure on Young’s defense while Young’s playmaking ability may test Timberwolves’ defense. Their impact will be key as both offense and defense come into play during each game.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Timberwolves -130, Total Odds: 234.5
The odds for this matchup illustrate a tight matchup. With the Timberwolves listed at -130 on the Moneyline as slight favorites, bettors would need to place more wagers in order to see less return if the Timberwolves won. At 234.5 total odds there is also an expectation of high scoring action; betting over would require exceeding this number while under would need less points scored than this number; such close odds indicate bookmakers expect a competitive encounter that generates lots of points!
Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Trends
The Timberwolves have enjoyed an excellent run against the spread, going 8-4 against in their last 12 games and posting an 84% success rate against total scores over this span. Furthermore, 12 out of 17 of their games ended under this score, suggesting their games tend towards lower scoring outcomes. Unfortunately for Minnesota, however, their recent performance against Atlanta Hawks and on the road has not been impressive: going just 1-6 in 7 meetings against them while dropping all five road contests they have participated in recently.
Atlanta Hawks Betting Trends
The Atlanta Hawks have struggled against the spread over their last 18 games, posting just six wins against the spread and twelve against their opponent (ATS). Yet those betting the over/under might take note that 5 of Atlanta’s 7 recent matches against Minnesota Timberwolves (especially at home) saw totals go over.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Atlanta Hawks 10/30/23 Betting Picks
Due to trends and statistics, this game appears poised to be an action-packed contest with both teams exhibiting powerful offensive capabilities. Given Minnesota’s struggles on the road and against Atlanta in particular, Atlanta may possess a slight edge at home.
If you want premium expert advice, go with an over on total points – even though the Timberwolves might seem to be favorites on paper, their home crowd could help give their opponents an advantage they need for victory.
Free Pick and Prediction: Atlanta Hawks 118, Minnesota Timberwolves 114.