Denver Nuggets (16-13) at Atlanta Hawks (12-17)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +3 -- Over/Under: 228 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks duke it out at the State Farm Arena on Sunday night.
The Denver Nuggets have been in decent form as they’ve won four of their past six games and they will be looking to stay hot after making light work of the Cavaliers in a 120-103 road win on Friday. Jamal Murray led the team with 50 points on 21 of 25 shooting, Michael Porter Jr. added 22 points on eight of 16 shooting while Nikola Jokic racked up a triple-double of 16 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 15 of 31 from the 3-point line as they rode the hot hand of Murray and poured in 63 points in the first half to lead by as many as 23 points before easing off in the second half.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been struggling for form lately as they’ve lost eight of their past 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after getting routed by the Celtics in a 121-109 road loss on Friday. Trae Young led the team with 31 points and 11 assists on 10 of 16 shooting, Clint Capela added 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks on 11 of 14 shooting while Solomon Hill chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 42 percent from the field and 10 of 30 from the 3-point line as they struggled right from the tipoff and were always fighting an uphill battle after getting outscored by 66-41 in the first half. Cameron Reddish and John Collins each shot three of 13 from the field while Danilo Gallinari scored just nine points on two of 14 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record. The Hawks are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Atlanta, the Nuggets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Atlanta and the Nuggets are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Nuggets have yet to really get going this season, but they’re starting to heat up now as Murray looks to have shaken off his shooting slump, while Jokic is still a nightly triple-double machine. The Hawks have really struggled to get anything going lately and you can’t blame Young who has been balling all season. Gary Harris is still out for the Nuggets, but they have their main players and I think they should be too good for the struggling Hawks.