Atlanta Hawks vs Denver Nuggets betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA clash. Atlanta is looking for only their 2nd road win of the season as they take on the Denver Nuggets. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
There seems to be no end in sight for the Atlanta Hawks losing streak. They’ve now dropped 5 on the bounce and 7 of their 8 games raising concern they might not even make the postseason. Their road form has been abysmal at 1-7 and this team needs a spark badly to turn things around. They could be without Bogdan Bogdanovic tonight as he is battling an ankle injury. De’Andre Hunter is also having issues with his wrist and both of those guys are questionable. Atlanta does have a positive record against the Nuggets over the last 15 games with 10 wins and just 5 defeats. They’ve also covered the spread in 9 of the last 12 head-to-head.
Turns out this Denver team can win games without their MVP Nikola Jokic. After getting suspended for one game for his altercation with Markieff Morris, Jokic was forced to sit out against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday and his team didn’t miss him much. Many bettors were wondering where the points will come with so many players out injured, but Will Barton stepped up with 30 and 6-of-9 threes made. The Nuggets also did it on the defensive end holding the Pacers to just 98 points. They could use a similar effort tonight as they go for their 4th win in a row. Denver is 4-3 ATS over their last 7 games.
Atlanta is among the worst teams defensively in the NBA giving up 110 points or more in eight straight. Denver gets back it’s best player here and surely they will know how to take advantage of this. Whether or not Bogdanovic or Hunter play here, it shouldn’t really matter. Nuggets are just a superior team on almost every front. Back them to cover here.
Denver Nuggets – Atlanta Hawks Odds
Denver Nuggets – Atlanta Hawks Prediction & Odds
Denver Nuggets -4.5 Point Spread available at -110 odds on bet365
This will be a game between two teams with contrasting styles. The Nuggets play at the second slowest pace in the NBA, while the Hawks are among the Top 15. Atlanta likes to run a lot, but as soon as they bump into an elite defense they struggle to find ways to score. In 2 of their last 4 games they faced the Utah Jazz and both times they finished the game with just 98 points. That is very telling here and the Denver Nuggets allow the least points per game in the entire NBA at just 98.5 per game. At home they are even better allowing just 93 per game. Bettors have cashed on the under in 5 of their last 6 home games. With Jokic back in the mix I expect the Nuggets to control the pace of this game, after all they are the ones playing at home here. Their chances of winning decrease if they try to run with the Hawks in my opinion. So let’s back the under in this one.
Under 215.5 Total Points available at bet365 at -110 odds