Minnesota Timberwolves versus Atlanta Hawks Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 1-8-2013

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The 20-12 Atlanta Hawks will be the road team as they face the 15-14 Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Minnesota is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The odds from this NBA game will be released on Tuesday afternoon as Ricky Rubio has been listed as questionable for the game with back spasms. Center Nikola Pekovic is dealing with a hip strain and is questionable to go on Tuesday as well for Minnesota.
The teams went head to head once last year in the lockout season with the Hawks posting the 93-91 home win as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended under 188 points. Trend: Atlanta Hawks are 3-0 to the under in their past three games.

The Hawks are 9-6 on the road this season. They are on a two game losing streak. On Saturday the team drops a 89-81 home decision to the Boston Celtics as a -5 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended under 187 points. It was the second straight game that Atlanta was held under 90 points. The Hawks scored just nine third quarter points and 27 for the second half. The team has been a good defensive club on the year allowing just 95 points a game good for sixth in the league in scoring defense.

The Timberwolves are 9-5 playing at home on the season. They have dropped six of their past nine games. Minnesota is defeated on Saturday by the Portland Trailblazers 102-97 as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The game went over 190 ½ points. Minnesota got terrible news as forward Kevin Love broke his hand and will be out an indefinite period of time. Love is being evaluated to see if surgery is necessary. In the loss to Portland the Timberwolves without their star scorers shoot just 41.8%. Minnesota is the seventh ranked defense in the league giving up 95 points per contest.

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