The ATLANTA and the DENVER will both be gunning for a victory on 11/15/2018 at 9:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ATLANTA HAWKS vs DENVER NUGGETS
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
|503||ATLANTA||-13 (-110)||222 (-110)||650
TV: 9:05 PM
PREDICTION: DENVER , ATLANTA
Oddsmakers currently have the DENVER listed as -13 point favorites versus the ATLANTA, while the game’s total is sitting at 222.
The Denver Nuggets were one of the hottest teams in the NBA through the first 10 games but cooled off considerably with losses in four straight. The Nuggets will try to end the slide and avoid a winless four-game homestand when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.
Denver won nine of its first 10 games while earning victories over the likes of Golden State, Boston and New Orleans, but followed that stretch up with a losing streak that reached four when it allowed the Houston Rockets to shoot 54.9 percent from the floor in a 109-99 home loss on Tuesday. “Not making shots. Not putting pressure on them, and when you’re taking the ball out of the net every possession, you allow them to set their defense,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told reporters while describing his team’s issues. The Hawks have plenty of their own issues and dropped their fifth straight with a 110-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. The young club has at least been competitive on the first half of its four-game trip, dropping a 107-106 decision at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday before taking the defending champions down to the wire.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), Altitude (Denver)
ABOUT THE HAWKS (3-11): Atlanta rookie point guard Trae Young is getting every opportunity to become the team’s leader and is averaging 17.5 points and 8.2 assists but struggles with his shot on occasion. Young went 2-of-12 from the floor in Tuesday’s loss and is shooting 17.9 percent from 3-point range in seven games this month. Picking up some of the scoring slack is small forward Taurean Prince, who totaled 55 points on 17-of-27 shooting in the first two games of the road trip.
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (9-5): One of the strengths of Denver’s team is its depth in the backcourt, and backup point guard Monte Morris is earning himself a big role in the offense. Morris scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a season-high 31 minutes off the bench on Tuesday while starting guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris scored 15 points each. Star center Nikola Jokic is coming on as well and followed up four straight games scoring in single digits by averaging 23.7 points in the last three contests.
1. Jokic suffered a hand injury in Tuesday’s setback and is questionable for Thursday.
2. Hawks SG Kent Bazemore averaged 19.5 points in the first two games of the road trip.
3. Atlanta took five of the last six meetings, including three straight in Denver.
PREDICTION: Nuggets 123, Hawks 106