Denver Nuggets vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 12/17/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
The Denver Nuggets (14-14) are on their way to State Farm Arena on Friday where they will play the Atlanta Hawks (14-14).
The Nuggets took the court against the Timberwolves and took a loss by a final of 124-107 in their last game. Denver finished with a 45.2% field goal percentage (38 out of 84) and made 14 out of their 39 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets buried 17 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 73.9%. In regard to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 42 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 33 assists in this contest in addition to creating 5 turnovers and having 5 steals. With respect to defense, Denver allowed the other team to go 51.1% from the floor on 45 of 88 shooting. Minnesota recorded 39 assists and had 24 steals for this contest. Additionally, Minnesota pulled down 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Minnesota went 68.8% when shooting free throws by making 11 of 16 tries. They converted 23 out of their 48 tries from 3-point range. When discussing personal fouls, the Nuggets ended up with 15 while the Timberwolves totaled 11 personal fouls.
Jeff Green is one guy who had an impact for the matchup. He ended up scoring 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He played for 31 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds. Green walked away from this one shooting 37.5% from the field and also dished out 1 assist.
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Denver comes into this one with a record of 14-14 for the year. They cough up possession 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.7 fouls per game. As a team, Denver is pulling down 42.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 714 dimes so far this season, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Nuggets are connecting on 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (349 of 1,011) and 76.8% from the free throw line. They average 105.9 points per game (22nd in the league) while hitting 46.4% from the field.
Defensively, the Nuggets are forcing their opponents into 13.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are conceding 34.6% on shots from downtown and they are 10th in the league in PPG allowed (106.2). The Nuggets are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (1,130 of 2,405) and they concede 44.3 boards per game as a squad. They are 17th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 682 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the Hawks went home victorious with a score of 111-99 against the Magic. The Hawks corralled 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in the game. They also turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 11 steals in the game. The Magic were called for 16 fouls for the matchup which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 100.0%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Atlanta buried 11 of 31 tries (35.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Hawks finished 42 for 85 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4%. The Hawks permitted the Magic to bury 35 of 90 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.9% in this matchup. They shot 28.6% from three-point range by going 10 out of 35 and finished the contest at 19 of 21 from the charity stripe (90.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Atlanta permitted Orlando to get 34 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
John Collins ended up being a factor for the Hawks for the contest. He made 8 out of 14 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and had 10 rebounds. Collins racked up 21 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for this game.
Atlanta has a record of 14-14 so far this year. As an offense, the Hawks are connecting on 46.4% from the field, which is ranked 9th in the NBA. Atlanta has totaled 3,118 pts for the campaign (111.4 per contest) and they collect 45.9 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 23.9 times per contest (12th in the league) and they turn it over 12.3 times per contest. The Hawks commit 17.9 fouls every game and they hit 81.1% from the free throw line.
The Atlanta defense concedes 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc (358 of 1,039) and their opposition makes 80.3% of their free throw attempts. They concede 25.1 assists and 43.4 boards per contest, which has them ranked 24th and 8th in basketball. The Hawks defensively are ranked 20th in the league in points given up per game with 109.1. They are able to force 12.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (18th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Atlanta
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