December 5, 2012

Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks Picks

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Denver Nuggets
vs.
Atlanta Hawks

Date/Time: December 5th, 8:00 pm EST

Television: ESPN

Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Hawks -1

Total: 198.5

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NBA Betting Trends

Denver Nuggets

  • Denver is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
  • Denver is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
  • Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing Atlanta

Atlanta Hawks

  • Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Denver
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 8 games when playing Denver
  • Atlanta is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games at home

 

NBA – December 5th

NBA betting action heads to Phillips Arena on Wednesday night for what should be a great clash on the hardwood between the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nuggs are just clawing right around the .500 mark this year, and they are back on the East Coast playing their whopping 13th road game on the campaign. You know exactly what you’re getting out of Head Coach George Karl and company. There are no stars on this team whatsoever, but there is plenty of running and gunning, and plenty of players that can step up and put the ball in the hoop. F Danilo Gallinari is leading the way with 15.5 points and 6.1 boards per game, but that isn’t the half of it. G Andre Iguodala, G Ty Lawson, F Kenneth Faried, C JaVale McGee, and F Corey Brewer are all averaging in double figures per night as well, and G Andre Miller isn’t all that far behind with 8.4 points per game. When the club gets F Wilson Chandler back, look out! But of course, the problem with all of this, especially on the road, is that the team doesn’t have one player that it can turn to in order to make the clutch shots, and that’s why this is a .500 team at the moment.

The Hawks are an interesting study for sure. They’re 9-5, but they have played a relatively weak schedule thus far this year and aren’t perceived to be the better of these two teams. A 113-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers was a dog game for sure, but it came on the heels of beating both the Charlotte Bobcats and Los Angeles Clippers. F Kyle Korver is questionable for this one with a back injury that has kept him out of the fold for a week or so, and in his absence, the team’s Top 4 scorers have had to step it up in a big time way. C Al Horford and F Josh Smith are always capable of logging double-doubles when push comes to shove, and Horford is just short of averaging a double-double at 15.9 points and 9.5 boards per night. G Lou Williams and G Jeff Teague are running the backcourt, and though both are scoring around 14 points per game, they’re clearly not perceived to be one of the best backcourts in the game.

Prediction:

But again, the interesting thing about Atlanta? It just keeps winning games. This won’t be an exception tonight either, as the Nuggets have to be road weary at this point, knowing that they haven’t had a legitimate home stand in a few weeks and are constantly traveling. Atlanta 102 – Denver 95

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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