The NBA is set up with a strong night of action throughout March 28. Four games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Denver Nuggets. These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Hawks have started out this season with a record of 23-22, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is one game behind the fourth seed. The Hawks are coming off a win and have won nine of their last eleven. Atlanta will look to keep up this recent success with a big win on Sunday night.
Denver has put up a record of 27-18 to this point in the season, which has them in fifth place of the Western Conference. The Nuggets are three and a half games behind the second seeded Suns. Denver is coming off a win in their last game and have won six of their last nine games. The Nuggets will look to move further up the standings with a win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a great game on Sunday night. Both teams are entering this one playing really well and I expect them both to come out strong in this one. Atlanta and Denver are both in the playoff race in their conference, which should bump up the intensity in this one.
The Hawks and the Nuggets met up twice throughout last season. Denver hosted the first game on November 12. Will Barton dropped 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Nikola Jokic had 20 points. It was not enough though. Trae Young scored 42 points and 11 assists. Jabari Parker finished with 20 points as Atlanta earned a 125-121 win on the road.
The second game of the season series shifted to Atlanta on January 6. Trae Young put up 29 points and 12 assists. Kevin Huerter added 22 points as the Hawks came up short. Nikola Jokic dropped 47 points, while Will Barton scored 28 points. Jamal Murray finished with 16 points to help lead the Nuggets to a 123-115 win in this one.
Atlanta hosted the first game of this season’s series on February 21. Jamal Murray finished with 30 points, while Facundo Campazzo put up 16 points off the bench. It was not enough for the Nuggets though. Trae Young dropped 35 points and 15 assists. Clint Capela finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks earned a 123-115 win.
These two teams have met up three times throughout last season and this season. Atlanta was able to win two of those three games. The Nuggets have been the better team throughout this season and will look to knock off the Hawks in this one. Trae Young has had a lot of success against Denver and the Nuggets will need to find a way to slow him down in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Hawks have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Atlanta has made 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the league. The Hawks are shooting 36.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 17th in the NBA. Atlanta has also made 82 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 5th in the league.
Denver has been really strong shooting the ball to this point in the season. The Nuggets have shot 48.7 percent from the field, which is 3rd in the NBA. Denver is also shooting 38.6 percent from deep, which is 5th in the league. The Nuggets have also drained 78.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 11th in the NBA.
The Nuggets have been the better team shooting this season, but Atlanta has the edge on defense. The Hawks have held their opponents to a 45.8 percent from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. Denver has allowed opposing teams to make 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the league. If either team can step up on defense in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Trae Young has been the leader for this young Atlanta team this season. Young is averaging 25.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. John Collins has averaged 18.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Clint Capela is averaging 14.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Danilo Gallinari has averaged 12.5 points, while Kevin Huerter is averaging 11.5 points per game.
Nikola Jokic has been having a great season for the Nuggets. Jokic has averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Jamal Murray is averaging 21 points per game. Michael Porter Jr. has averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Will Barton is averaging 12.5 points per game, while Monte Morris has averaged 10.5 points.
These two teams were busy at the trade deadline. The Hawks picked up Lou Williams to come off their bench, while Denver added Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee. These two teams strengthened already good depths, which will help down the stretch as we near the postseason. I expect both teams to come out hot in this one as they look for a big win.
The Nuggets are coming into this one on a solid streak and will look to knock off Atlanta. The Hawks have been strong throughout this season, but I think that they will have a tough time on the road in this one. Denver has been better shooting the ball this season and I think it will give them the edge over Atlanta on Sunday night.
BetOnline has the Nuggets listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Denver on Sunday night. I think that this line makes sense with how the Nuggets have done this season. I like Denver’s chances to earn a win in this one with their depth and knock off the Hawks. I am taking the Nuggets as slight favorites at home in this one.