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Timberwolves take on Hawks in hoops contest

Minnesota TimberwolvesAtlanta Hawks
23-23February 01, 2014, 07:30 | Philips Arena24-21

The Hawks will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Timberwolves at Philips Arena in NBA wagering action.

The Hawks sit at 24-21 (25-20 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Timberwolves are currently 23-23 (25-21 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 27-17-1 OU, and Minnesota is 21-23-2 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks Odds and Stats.

Atlanta opened as 2-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 208.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Hawks sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Timberwolves are at No. 5 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Timberwolves will win this game 99-96.

The Timberwolves were a 94-90 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Minnesota got 28 points and 16 rebounds from Kevin Love in a losing cause in a 94-90 loss to Memphis on Friday at Target Center.

The Hawks were a 125-99 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (224) made winners of OVER bettors. Atlanta cruised to victory on Friday, running Philadelphia out of the gym and running up a 125-99 score at Wells Fargo Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 12-ranked offense (102.73 PPG) against a Timberwolves defense that ranks No. 16 at 101.22 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 46.2% from the field per game, more than the Timberwolves have managed so far this season (43.68% on average).

Next up:
Minnesota home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, February 4th
Atlanta home to Indiana, Tuesday, February 4th