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The Denver Nuggets look to get back on track Wednesday night at Pepsi Center as they take on the NBA’s worst team, the Atlanta Hawks.
Where: Pepsi Center-Denver, CO
When: 7 p.m. MST
Watch/Listen: Altitude Sports and Entertainment-Altide Sports Radio AM 950
The Atlanta Hawks come to Pepsi Center with the NBA’s worst record at 10-30, and the worst road record in the NBA at 3-19. The Hawks are currently on a four game losing streak after a five game west-coast road trip that finishes up in Denver on Wednesday night. The Nuggets beat the Hawks back in late October by a score of 105-100, and a lot has obviously changed since then. Denver is still without Paul Millsap and they’re now getting constant contributions from guys like Trey Lyles and Torrey Craig.
Dennis Schroder is a guy the Nuggets struggled with in the teams first match-up and will be the main guy to stop on Wednesday night. Schroder leads the Hawks in scoring at 19.8 points per game, but is only a 28.5 percent three-point shooter. Schroder also leads the team in assists at 6.5 and is scrappy on the defensive end of the floor averaging over one steal per game. Taurean Prince is second on the Hawks in scoring at 13 points per game and shoots an impressive 41.3 percent from behind the three-point line. Prince and Schroder are guys the Nuggets could potentially have their hands full with on Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are looking to capitalize against an inferior opponent and are trying to rebound after a tough two game losing streak against the Kings and Warriors. Denver’s record has slipped to 21-19, which puts them at seventh place in the Western Conference, and just a half game out of eighth place. The Hawks game is the start of a two game home stand that finishes up on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, which should entail a two game win streak for the Nuggets come late Friday night.
Nikola Jokic posted his first triple-double of the season in the Nuggets last game against the Warriors, and the team as a whole played well against the defending champs. With strong games by Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, and Jamal Murray, the game against the Warriors is hopefully something the team builds on coming into Wednesday’s game against the Hawks.
Gary Harris is turning into a great offensive player for the Nuggets and leads the team in points per game at 16.7. Harris is shooting just under 40 percent from the three-point line, and has a field goal percentage of 49 percent. Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray has played phenomenal as of late and is now second on the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game. After a rough stretch from behind the three-point line to start the year, Murray is now shooting 36.4 from behind the three-point line, and has made at least one three-point shot in each of his last 15 games. Against what should be an easy opponent on Wednesday night, look for Jokic, Harris, and Murray to have big nights for the Nuggets.
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