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Hawks vs. Nuggets - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (28-40) at Atlanta Hawks (38-29)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks square off Thursday night at the Philips Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 102.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Will Barton is averaging 15.1 points and 2.4 assists while Kenneth Faried is averaging 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. D.J. Augustin is dishing 4.5 assists and Joffrey Lauvergne is grabbing five rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have lost four of their last five road games.

Hawks vs. Nuggets - 3/17/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks look for another win after winning 12 of their last 19 games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 17.4 points and 8.7 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.1 points and 5.7 assists. Al Horford is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Kent Bazemore is dishing 2.3 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won four straight home games.

The Nuggets are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Nuggets are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta.

The Nuggets struggle to win games overall, but they're certainly not a good road team at all. While I don't like the Hawks, they are playing some OK basketball down the stretch and would like to lock up a top four seed if they can. I'll take the home team by double digits.

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Atlanta Hawks -8

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