Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks 12/8/18: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks Preview
The Denver Nuggets (17-8) end their five-game road trip in Atlanta tonight as they take on a struggling Hawks (5-20) team who would love to play spoiler at home.
For the Nuggets, it’ll be their second game of a back-to-back after a surprising loss ended their seven-game winning streak last night.
This will be the second and final game of the season series between the Nuggets and Hawks.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
The Nuggets appeared to be poised to extend their winning streak to eight straight against a floundering Hornets team last night, but Denver finally had one of those games and the Hornets had enough balanced offense to come up with the upset win.
I wouldn’t put too much stock into one setback in eight games. Aside from that, the Nuggets have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA all season and are still perched atop a crowded, competitive Western Conference.
The Nuggets, who have rolled right along despite several injuries are likely without Gary Harris again, and Paul Millsap was injured last night and likely won’t play, which opens the door for Trey Lyles.
The Nuggets, regardless of their sky-high, injury report, should have the pieces to end this road trip on a positive note. It likely won’t be a 45-point win like the first time around however.
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
The Atlanta Hawks should be the definition of struggle in the dictionary. They’ve managed a measly five wins this season as Trae Young has been thrown into the proverbial fire and has had his ups and downs as he looks for consistency.
The Hawks are entering tonight’s game on a four-game losing streak, and it doesn’t get any easier with tonight’s matchup, especially considering the loss of Taurean Prince.
The one thing that has been working well for the Hawks has been the play of power forward John Collins since his return from injury. With Millsap out, the Hawks should look to get Collins going early and often. He’s fresh off a 26 point, 14 rebound night and they’ll need to rely on him in hopes of picking up win no. 6.
Nuggets vs Hawks Betting Odds
The Nuggets opened as big -7.5 favorites, but after last night’s loss, that’s down to -6.
The over/under is 223 points and there’s been quite a bit of line movement as Denver opened at -310 and is currently -250.
The Nuggets are 82-45 as the favorite and have a win percentage of 64.6 percent. The Hawks are 73-69 at home and have a win percentage of 51.4 percent.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
The Joker is the easy stud pick for the Nuggets. Jokic has been a consistent points and rebounds guy, but he’s also one of the better passing big men in the league. Jokic is $9,800 on FanDuel and $9,200 on DraftKings. The big man is projected for 48.61 points on FanDuel and 49.31 on DraftKings.
The Hawks have a bit of a stud/value combo in Trae Young. The rookie point guard is at $6,700 on FanDuel and $6,000 on Draft Kings. He’s projected for 32.02 on Fan Duel and 32.76 on DraftKings.
The Nuggets have a few choices for value picks. Juancho Hernangomez gave Atlanta fits and had one of his best games all season in their first matchup, but with Paul Millsap possibly out, I’m going with Trey Lyles, who would likely step up in his place. Lyles is available for $3,600 on FanDuel and $3,500 on DraftKings. That’s an extreme value considering his projections (32.95 on FanDuel and 33.47 on DraftKings).
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