Two NBA teams trending in opposite directions meet on Friday night when the Denver Nuggets (7-4) host the Atlanta Hawks (4-8) at Ball Arena in Denver, Colo. The Nuggets come into the game riding a three-game winning streak, while the Hawks are in the midst of a disappointing five-game slide. League MVP Nikola Jokic is set to return from his one-game suspension, but Michael Porter Jr. (back) and Vlatko Cancer (hip) are both out for the Nuggets. The Hawks lead the all-time series 51-42.
Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET. The Nuggets are favored by 4.5 points in the latest Hawks vs. Nuggets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 215.5. Before making any Nuggets vs. Hawks picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the red-hot computer simulation model at SportsLine.
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- Nuggets vs. Hawks spread: Nuggets -4.5
- Nuggets vs. Hawks over-under: 216 points
- Nuggets vs. Hawks moneyline: Denver -180, Atlanta +155
What you need to know about the Nuggets
Denver was without Jokic on Wednesday night, but were still able to pull out a 101-98 win at home over the Indiana Pacers. The Nuggets were led by shooting guard Will Barton, who shot 6-for-9 from beyond the arc and finished with 30 points and six rebounds.
Jokic will be back in the lineup tonight and he will be a major matchup problem for the Hawks. The Nuggets have found a groove defensively during their winning streak, allowing only 96 points per game over that stretch. The key to victory for Denver will be containing Hawks star Trae Young, who has career averages of 23.7 points, nine assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game against the Nuggets.
What you need to know about the Hawks
Meanwhile, the contest between Atlanta and the Utah Jazz on Tuesday was not a total blowout, but with the Hawks falling 110-98 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. Power forward John Collins had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 35 minutes but putting up just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.
Atlanta is desperately looking for a win to end its five-game losing streak. For that to happen in a tough road environment such as Ball Arena, the Hawks will need to be much better defensively. During their slide, Atlanta has allowed 118.2 points per game. Atlanta has five players averaging double digits in points per game, and has the offensive firepower to beat any team in the league on any given night.
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