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Hawks vs Nuggets: Trae Young can explode anytime and anywhere

The Atlanta Hawks will try to end their five-game losing skid against the rising Denver Nuggets on Friday, 9 PM EST, at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Below posted the BetUS betting odds for this inter-conference matchup between two teams on the opposite end of the NBA spectrum. 

Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets Betting lines and Odds

Hawks vs Nuggets

ATS: Nuggets -4 (-110)

Moneyline:  Nuggets -175, Hawks +155

O/U: 214 points

Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets Team News

To say that Atlanta is struggling to get wins is an understatement. Still, almost nobody would argue that the Hawks have one of the sleekest City edition uniforms in all NBA. Tonight, the Hawks will be wearing its throwback yellow unis featuring the iconic circa 1990s retro logo.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets will be getting back the service of its star big man Nikola Jokic. The reigning NBA MVP will be returning from a one-game suspension due to an on-court altercation with Heat forward Markieff Morris in the winding minutes of the game last Monday. Jokic, who already regretted his actions, incurred $210,417 in salary loss due to the single-game suspension. 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Denver Nuggets Injury Report

Hawks: Bogdan Bogdanovic – Questionable (Ankle), De’Andre Hunter – Questionable (Wrist), Onyeka Okongwu – OUT (Shoulder).

Nuggets: Jamal Murray – OUT (Knee), Vlatko Cancar – OUT (Hip), Michael Porter Jr. – OUT (Back).

Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets Preview

After a 2-0 start, the Hawks recorded just a single win out of their last eight games. While Young is still averaging above-average numbers (24.0 PPG and 9.3 APG), his shooting splits (43.8 FG% and 34.3 3PT%) have raised concerns about his ability to score efficiently. Moreover, the All-Star guard has also seen a decrease in his free-throw attempts. From 8.7 FT attempts last year, Young’s trips from the charity stripe have gone down to 5.3 shots on average. Many connect the significant dip in the player’s FT attempts to the change made by the NBA this offseason. The tweak in the way “abnormal, abrupt, or overt movements that are not part of a natural basketball play’ is called has considerably stripped away the ability of many talented offensive players like Young to initiate contact and come out with a foul.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, have racked up three straight victories, with the last one coming sans Nikola Jokic. Over the past four games, Will Barton has ramped up his production, scoring 26, 15, 25, and 30 in order. He had done it with many rebounds and assists, too, making his performance all more impressive. Another breakthrough player was Zeke Nnaji, who compensated the Nuggets for the extended minutes he got in the last game. The second-year forward scored a career 19 points to go along with five rebounds in Denver’s 101-98 win against the Pacers.

Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets Prediction

With momentum on their side, the Nuggets seem poised to extend their winning streak to four on Friday. Young can indeed explode on any given night. After all, he had recorded big scoring nights against the Nuggets in the past encounters. However, it just doesn’t add up betting against a streaking team that is getting back its star player. Jokic is not just a devastating offensive presence; he also anchors the Nuggets defense that ranks no.1 in points allowed per game. Another testament to Denver’s defensive prowess is that the total score had gone over nine times out of 11 games. That figure shows to everyone how good the Nuggets have been in defending opponents. And for that, it’s optimal to pick UNDER.  

Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets Betting Pick

Pick: Nuggets -4, UNDER 

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Lou Ramon Aguila is a veteran sportswriter, having covered the biggest events and names in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Boxing, and Tennis for the last 12 years. His articles have appeared in print and online with some of the most recognized media outlets, including Bleacher Report and International Business Times.

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