Hawks vs. Nuggets - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (9-10) at Atlanta Hawks (12-6)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks play Sunday afternoon at the Philips Arena.
The Denver Nuggets have split their last six games and will play their third road contest this month. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 104.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 105.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Ty Lawson leads Denver with 16.5 points and 10.3 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game and Wilson Chandler is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets inability to play defense has prevented them from playing consistent, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 37 percent from deep and score 108.4 points in their last five games. The Nuggets are 6-0 SU this season when holding teams under 100 points. Denver is a solid offensive team but needs more balance to really turn the corner.
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The Atlanta Hawks are playing some of their best basketball with wins in five straight. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads Atlanta with 17.8 points and 7.1 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.7 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Korver is shooting 52.8 percent from the field and Al Horford is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks, a team that has also had issues defensively, is holding teams to just 89.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Hawks have won seven straight games when allowing less than 100 points. Now the question is if the Hawks can continue to play this balanced style of basketball.
The Nuggets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hawks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nuggets are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.
I'm still hesitant on trusting the Atlanta Hawks but they're playing extremely well lately and the Nuggets have been brutal ATS on the road this season. Assuming the Hawks continue to play well, covering this number shouldn't be a problem.