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Minnesota at Atlanta
When: 2:30 PM ET, Monday, January 18, 2021
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves could both use a win. They could also use a clean bill of health before they meet in Atlanta on Monday afternoon.

The Hawks have lost two straight and six of their last seven games. Atlanta had its game at Phoenix postponed on Jan. 11 because of COVID-19 concerns with the Suns.

The Timberwolves have lost eight of their last nine. Of more concern is the lack of players because of COVID. Minnesota had its game against Memphis postponed on Friday because it could not field the league-required eight players for the game due to contact tracing within the organization.

Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 22.0 points and 12.5 rebounds, announced he had tested positive on Friday. The Timberwolves will also be without Juan Hernangomez, who has entered the 10-day isolation period, and could be without Ricky Rubio.

"It's just a weird thing because when a guy gets it, some people are mad or they're angry at the person," said Minnesota's Ed Davis. "But they could have been doing all the right things. You've got some people being irresponsible. It's just one of those things if someone gets it, just try to protect yourself and protect your family as much as possible. But, like I said, sometimes you just can't avoid it. It just happens."

The Hawks had their game with Phoenix postponed because of contact tracing issues with the Suns. Atlanta had a member of its traveling staff test positive, but none of the players or coaches.

"We have to be comfortable in an uncomfortable year and setting," Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "This is all a part of it. Nothing will be new to us, I don't think. I think it may be an adjustment, but I think we're expecting everything that is going to come our way and has come our way."

Atlanta's personnel problems are injury related.

Atlanta played without Cam Reddish in Saturday's 112-106 loss to Portland, the team's final stop on a scheduled three-game West Coast road trip. Reddish had a left knee contusion. He scored 20 points on Friday at Utah and has topped 20 points in two of his last three games.

The absence of Reddish stressed the bench, which is without Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari because of injuries and with Rajon Rondo and Tony Snell playing limited minutes.

Atlanta's Trae Young played through some back tightness on Saturday and had 26 points and 11 assists in 39 minutes.

The Hawks have gotten stellar play from center Clint Capela, who had a season-high 25 points and 15 rebounds on Saturday. It was his third straight double-double and sixth of the season. He has nine straight games with at least 10 rebounds.

It will be a homecoming for Minnesota's Josh Okogie, who grew up in the Atlanta suburbs and played two seasons at Georgia Tech. Okogie averages 6.6 points.

Atlanta and Minnesota split two games last year, each winning on the road. The Timberwolves have won three of the last five meetings in Atlanta after losing 13 straight as visitors dating back to 2002.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 3-8 L1 2-4 1-4 0-0 3-8 1-3 2-7
Atlanta 5-7 L2 2-3 3-4 1-0 4-7 0-2 4-5
Last Meeting
Minnesota Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/5/20 ATL 127 MIN 120 120 33 49.5 127 44 52.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota A. Wiggins 25 45.0 4
Atlanta T. Young 38 43.5 12
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 11 3 8
Atlanta J. Collins 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Minnesota J. McLaughlin 7
Atlanta T. Young 11
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Minnesota D. Russell 261 43.0 35
Atlanta T. Young 333 37.5 117
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Minnesota K. Towns 74 19 55
Atlanta C. Capela 171 50 121
Assists Player  
Minnesota R. Rubio 69
Atlanta T. Young 124
Quickchart Matchup
Minnesota Minnesota Off vs  Atlanta Atlanta Defense
Minnesota Off vs Atlanta - Points For 108.6 Points For
Minnesota Off vs Atlanta - Points Against 110.3 Points Against
Minnesota - FG% 44.4 FG%
Atlanta - FG% 43.9 FG%
Minnesota - Reb 45.2 Reb
Atlanta - Reb 46.3 Reb
Atlanta Atlanta Off vs  Minnesota Minnesota Defense
Atlanta Off vs Minnesota - Points For 111.4 Points For
Atlanta Off vs Minnesota - Points Against 118.7 Points Against
Atlanta - FG% 43.5 FG%
Minnesota - FG% 48.4 FG%
Atlanta - Reb 48.8 Reb
Minnesota - Reb 45.9 Reb