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Looking for Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Nuggets taking on the Hawks on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions like this Rockets Hornets matchup.
(1-3) Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks (1-3)
Date: Friday October 26
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks have both started their 2017-18 campaigns 1-3, but while the latter was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league, the former was hoping the addition of Paul Millsap would put them over the edge and into the playoffs despite the incredible competition out West.
This will be Millsap’s first road visit to Phillips Arena since his early days with the Utah Jazz.
The Nuggets have a load of talent across their roster, and it begins at the center position with Nikola Jokic. He may or may not be an All-Star this season considering how much talent there is in the Western Conference, but to kick off the year, he’s averaging an impressive 13.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists—all while shooting a ridiculous 55.6 percent from the three-point line.
His 4.8 assists per game are a team-high, which is both a testament to how good his playmaking skills are, as well as (unfortunately) an indictment against how much the team struggles at the point guard spot.
This is why the Nuggets are one of the teams currently looking to trade for disgruntled star guard Eric Bledsoe.
But until that happens, the Nugs have Emmanuel Mudiay as their lone point guard on the roster. Players like Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris have been tasked with ball-controlling responsibilities, but lacking a true playmaker at the guard position is hardly a recipe for success.
As previously mentioned, the Hawks were never supposed to be good. Which means they’re right on track for making the lottery at 1-3 to start the year.
By Friday night when this game takes place, starting point guard Dennis Schroeder should be back from injury. Against the porous Denver backcourt, he should have a field day.
If you’re looking for other positives, you might not want to hold your breath. Defensively, the Hawks are going to have quite the task ahead of them when it comes to stopping Millsap.
Millsap’s numbers haven’t jumped off the page to kick off the year, but they’ve been respectable. The catch is that you can almost always count on a guy performing exceptionally well the first time he plays his old team.
No, Millsap didn’t leave on bad terms. Everyone knew the Hawks were blowing it up, and his departure was likely as mutual as it comes when looking at perennial playoff team and borderline superstar.
But at the same time, there’s nothing like showing your ex that your new boo is sooo much better.
Expect the Hawks to struggle with Millsap in this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-0 in DEN last 9 overall.
- Over is 19-6-1 in DEN last 26 Fri. games.
- DEN are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Prediction:
With this being the “revenge” game for Millsap, it’s tough to pick against him and the Nuggets. Combine that with the fact that Denver needs to get off the schneid and Atlanta has a firm place on it, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for Nuggets success.
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Give this one to Denver by a significant margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver Nuggets 107 – Atlanta Hawks 95
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