Tonight, the Denver Nuggets look to face the Atlanta Hawks. Luck would have it that Hawks C Dwight Howard would not be joining his team in Denver due to a back injury— Howard will be missing his third game in a row.
With or without Howard (and possibly G Tim Hardaway Jr. who left Wednesday’s game during the first quarter with a groin injury), the Nuggets have an advantage over the Hawks. Despite their loss to the Clippers on Monday night, the Nuggets have been playing very well as of late and reestablished their dominance in the Pepsi Center.
The Hawks are currently sitting at the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the same spot that the Nuggets are competing for in the Western Conference. As of Thursday night, the Nuggets and Kings, both 12-17, are neck-and-neck to take the eighth seed in the Western conference behind Portland, who is currently sitting at the eighth.
In the midst of the Nuggets rise back to power at home, trade rumors have begun to circulate Will Barton, who spoke to the Denver Post about wanting to remain in Denver. The Nuggets have a strong roster, they just need to stay consistent and play with the same intensity every single night, regardless if they’re at home or on the road.
The Hawks are currently 7-7 on the road while the Nuggets are 6-7 on their home court.
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Keys to a Nuggets Victory:
- Smart defense
- No stupid fouls
- Strong offense
- Smart shots from the perimeter
- Continue to attack the paint
Nuggets: No reported injuries
Hawks: Dwight Howard—back
Tim Hardaway Jr.—groin (Q)