After a (very) brief road trip, the Atlanta Hawks return home on Wednesday evening for an interesting contest. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves await for this particular game and the game acts as a “rematch” from late December, when Atlanta went to the Twin Cities and upended the Wolves in memorable fashion.
This time around, the Hawks enter as four-point home underdogs, leaving some room for optimism when it comes to pulling off a mild upset. Minnesota does have the best player on the floor in Karl-Anthony Towns, however, and the Wolves land in Atlanta on the strength of four wins in their last five games.
The match-up featuring Towns and Atlanta’s frontcourt, headlined by John Collins, should draw plenty of attention but Minnesota is in a relatively weakened state on the perimeter. 3-and-D specialist Robert Covington has already been ruled out for this contest and old friend Jeff Teague is questionable with left knee soreness. The Wolves did manage to pick up their last victory without both Covington and Teague but, in short, the team’s depth isn’t as prolific with their current injury status.
On the flip side, the Hawks are as healthy as they have been in quite a while, with only Miles Plumlee (left knee) on the injury report. On Monday, Kevin Huerter was limited to only 20 minutes or so in his first game back from injury but, with Taurean Prince returning to the mix after a one-game absence, Lloyd Pierce will have his full complement of wing depth and it will be interesting to see how he chooses to deploy them.
Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from what should be a competitive and entertaining game.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)