NBA Wednesday Night on The Hardwood: Atlanta Hawks Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Young and Wild
The Timberwolves may not be the alpha dogs of the Western Conference, but their team of young talented pups is certainly on the rise. Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine make up one of the most entertaining young group of players in the NBA. With Towns being a rookie and LaVine and Wiggins only in their second years, the Timberwolves have one of the best bases to build upon over the next few years. Even this year the three players have shown they have the chops to one day be a part of the NBA elite. They still are going through some growing pain, but with the veteran leadership of Kevin Garnett and Tashaun Price, they are continually improving as the season progressively matures.
From Largest to Smallest
Last year the Atlanta Hawks won their division by the largest margin in the NBA – a whopping 14 games! This year the race is much closer – and as of Tuesday night, it is tied for the closest in the NBA. Some offseason attrition can be partly to blame for Atlanta’s modest decline this season – though they still remain one of the East’s better teams. Atlanta’s remains undefeated in divisional games this season at 4-0, but sits at 5-6 against all other teams. No matter how Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtic plays out, the Hawks need to play better against teams out of their division – as going undefeated within the division is a pipe dream for most teams.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have already beaten the Hawks once this season back in the earlier part of November by a 10 point margin. Most lines have the Hawks favoured by 2 points, but the Hawks are playing a back-to-back which may have them a little more fatigued than normal – also the game against the Wolves is their third of a five game road trip which ends with another back-to-back in Memphis and San Antonio on Friday and Saturday. The Hawks are the better team this year and with the road trip ending against two tougher Western Conference teams, look for the Hawks to squeeze out a close victory on Wednesday night.
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