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Atlanta Hawks vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Nuggets (17-8) at Atlanta Hawks (5-20)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +7.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5
TV Channel
FSSE, AL2
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NBA | Denver Nuggets (17-8) at Atlanta Hawks (5-20)
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The Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Philips Arena.

The Denver Nuggets look for a bounce back showing after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 17.9 points and 4.9 assists while Gary Harris is averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last six road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 108 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 119 points on 47.4 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.1 assists. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost five of their last six home games.

The Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nuggets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Atlanta and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Nuggets last 8 overall. The over is 5-1 in Hawks last 6 overall.

The Denver Nuggets are on the end of a back to back, but they can't possibly play any worse than they did in Charlotte last night, so they'll be eager for a winning effort. The Atlanta Hawks are being outscored by 11.6 points in their last five games and 10.2 points at home this season. Despite getting numbers this big nightly, the Hawks aren't covering them and are actually just 4-7 ATS this season when an underdog anywhere between four and 10 points. The Nuggets should win this game easily like most teams do against the Hawks these days.

Pick:
Denver Nuggets -7.5

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