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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 12/5/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




DENVER (9 - 9) at ATLANTA (9 - 5)
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-9-2.210-810-8100.751.345.7%56.8100.751.444.7%49.9
Road Games4-8-5.56-68-499.151.045.4%56.2104.053.745.4%50.8
Last 5 Games2-3-1.22-34-1105.258.849.1%51.6105.452.247.9%48.2
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.751.339-8545.7%6-1933.2%16-2567.0%571522208167
vs opponents surrendering98.149.337-8344.4%7-2035.7%17-2374.3%511222218146
Team Stats (Road Games)99.151.039-8545.4%6-1933.2%16-2366.3%561521207175
Stats Against (All Games)100.751.438-8544.7%9-2239.0%16-2175.5%501224229147
vs opponents averaging98.44937-8245.0%7-1936.2%17-2375.5%521222217155
Stats Against (Road Games)104.053.739-8745.4%9-2339.6%16-2274.5%5113242110136

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games9-5+2.35-96-796.249.645.7%47.593.547.842.9%52.6
Home Games5-3-21-74-496.449.144.0%48.594.946.442.9%55.1
Last 5 Games4-1+02-34-1102.253.647.0%48.497.648.042.2%54.0
ATLANTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.249.637-8245.7%8-2337.3%13-1968.8%471023189155
vs opponents surrendering98.649.437-8244.6%7-2135.7%18-2474.6%521222208156
Team Stats (Home Games)96.449.137-8544.0%8-2336.2%13-1970.4%481124199135
Stats Against (All Games)93.547.835-8142.9%7-2135.0%17-2082.7%531220219175
vs opponents averaging97.748.136-8244.3%7-2035.4%18-2376.3%511121218155
Stats Against (Home Games)94.946.435-8242.9%8-2235.6%17-2082.1%551320218174
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 96.2,  ATLANTA 93.6
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/31/2012@ PHILADELPHIA75-84L-1.5L197U33-8837.5%642030-8535.3%5615
11/2/2012@ ORLANDO89-102L-6L198U32-8438.1%541442-8648.8%5611
11/3/2012@ MIAMI116-119L8.5W199O49-9551.6%601343-8351.8%378
11/7/2012@ HOUSTON93-87W2.5W204U37-8245.1%612131-8436.9%5218
11/10/2012@ GOLDEN STATE107-101W-2.5W202.5O43-11338.1%851539-10238.2%6814
11/12/2012@ PHOENIX100-110L-4.5L203O41-7653.9%471543-9445.7%506
11/17/2012@ SAN ANTONIO100-126L6L202.5O39-7850.0%462147-8853.4%4614
11/19/2012@ MEMPHIS97-92W7W195.5U36-8144.4%561736-7846.2%4217
11/21/2012@ MINNESOTA101-94W-2W192O35-7944.3%562034-8938.2%5615
11/23/2012GOLDEN STATE102-91W-6.5W200.5U40-8447.6%521135-8043.7%5414
11/25/2012NEW ORLEANS102-84W-10W194U40-7553.3%481433-8538.8%5114
11/26/2012@ UTAH103-105L3W197O40-7354.8%511736-7846.2%4712
11/29/2012@ GOLDEN STATE105-106L-1.5L199.5O38-8445.2%481544-8651.2%4816
11/30/2012@ LA LAKERS103-122L5.5L206O40-8646.5%471547-8754.0%5215
12/5/2012@ ATLANTA              
12/7/2012@ INDIANA              
12/9/2012@ NEW YORK              
12/11/2012@ DETROIT              
12/12/2012@ MINNESOTA              
12/16/2012@ SACRAMENTO              
12/18/2012SAN ANTONIO              
12/20/2012@ PORTLAND              

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2012@ OKLAHOMA CITY104-95W9W199P41-8349.4%441033-7146.5%4420
11/11/2012@ LA CLIPPERS76-89L6.5L195.5U30-7241.7%502238-8246.3%4513
11/12/2012@ PORTLAND95-87W2.5W193.5U35-7944.3%491630-8336.1%5720
11/14/2012@ GOLDEN STATE88-92L1L192.5U34-7843.6%351233-7146.5%5623
11/16/2012@ SACRAMENTO112-96W-2W188.5O42-7655.3%471539-8545.9%4414
11/23/2012@ CHARLOTTE101-91W-3.5W190.5O42-7853.8%522131-8337.3%4913
11/24/2012LA CLIPPERS104-93W2W188O38-7550.7%481832-7542.7%4114
12/8/2012@ MEMPHIS              
12/10/2012@ MIAMI              
12/12/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/15/2012GOLDEN STATE              
12/18/2012@ WASHINGTON              
12/19/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              
12/21/2012@ PHILADELPHIA              
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.
ATLANTA: GUARDS: GM Danny Ferry has really talked up JEFF TEAGUE, who will be more of a traditional point guard with Joe Johnson gone . . . DEVIN HARRIS is going to play plenty of minutes, both alongside Teague and off the bench . . . LOU WILLIAMS is a sixth man. He lacks the mentality to run the point and the size to guard opposing twos. His role will be similar to what it was in Philly . . . KYLE KORVER and ANTHONY MORROW are pure shooters who do little else. They can play the three in a pinch, and the hot hand will get the minutes . . . Coach Larry Drew could call on DeSHAWN STEVENSON for the occasional defense-heavy lineup. More likely, he'll rack up the DNP-CDs . . . JOHN JENKINS might be the best shooter in the rookie class, but he'll be buried on the depth chart. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH rescinded his trade demand, perhaps because he'll now be the focal point of the offense. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor last year. As long as he resists the urge to float on the perimeter, he should emerge as an All-Star . . . Considering the makeup of this roster, Atlanta will utilize a lot of three-guard lineups. Korver and Morrow can stretch a defense from that third guard/small forward spot, with Stevenson stepping in as an agitator . . . After scoring double-figures six times in April, IVAN JOHNSON was re-signed to once again provide some muscle inside . . . Rookie MIKE SCOTT is polished after five years at Virginia, but doesn't have the athleticism to be an impact player . . . ANTHONY TOLLIVER is a defensive specialist with very little offense to contribute. CENTERS: AL HORFORD will get his wish to play more power forward this season, though he'll remain their primary option at center. He's healthy again and is one of the most consistent bigs in the NBA . . . ZAZA PACHULIA filled in admirably for Horford last year. But it's back to bench duty for the bruising big . . . JOHAN PETRO is French for "12th man."
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*Nuggets-Hawks Preview* =======================


Denver (9-9) at Atlanta (9-5), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Atlanta Hawks have had plenty of time to think about their last game. Whether that translates into better defense and rebounding remains to be seen.

Atlanta will try to avoid its first set of back-to-back defeats in more than three weeks Wednesday night when the Denver Nuggets open a season-high five-game trip.

Since Friday's 113-111 home loss to Cleveland prevented them from winning seven straight for the first time since Nov. 7-20, 2009, the Hawks (9-5) have been working on their on-the-ball defense and rebounding. Atlanta's backcourt struggled against Cavs guard Jeremy Pargo, and the team was outrebounded 49-28, with Al Horford and Josh Smith combining for 19 of those for the Hawks.

Atlanta allowed 18 offensive boards that led to 27 points - the last a game-winning putback by Alonzo Gee with less than a second remaining.

"I think we have some tough guys, it's just a matter of when we get out there on that court, bringing some type of physical presence, and we didn't do it well enough against Cleveland," Hawks player development instructor Nick Van Exel told the team's official website. "And we know against Denver, they're just as tough as far as going to the offensive glass, so we've got to be prepared for that."

The Nuggets (9-9) lead the league with 15.4 offensive rebounds per game and are also scoring an NBA-best 18.4 second-chance points per contest.

Denver, though, will likely need more than just strong rebounding performances from Kenneth Faried (10.5 per game), Danilo Gallinari (6.1), Kosta Koufos (5.9) and JaVale McGee (5.7) if it is going to enjoy a successful trip.

The Nuggets, losers of three straight away from home, have given up at least 105 points in each of the last four contests. Denver avoided a season-high fourth consecutive loss with Monday's 113-110 victory over Toronto, but the team is 0-7 on the road when allowing at least 102.

"When we focus on our defense, the offense is great, the rhythm of the game is great," Gallinari told the Nuggets' official website. "We are able to run and play our game."

However, that push needs to be for the entire 48 minutes. After giving up double-digit second-half leads to Utah and Golden State during a winless three-game trip that ended with Friday's 122-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Nuggets were outscored by 11 in the final 12 minutes on Monday.

"We've got to get better at finishing the game," coach George Karl said.

The Hawks, led by point guard Jeff Teague (7.1 assists per game), can get up and down the floor with any team - they're among the NBA's best with 16.9 fast-break points per game - but they also struggle late, averaging 22.1 points and 41.9 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.

Atlanta was outscored 31-20 in that period on Friday, the sixth consecutive home game its failed to outscore opponents in the final 12 minutes.

"I told the guys, maybe we needed a game like this," said coach Larry Drew, whose team has won its five games at Philips Arena by an average of 5.4 points. "We've been home for a little while and we've dodged a couple of bullets with some teams."

The Nuggets have won four straight in this series following a 118-117 overtime victory on March 13.

Denver had dropped three in a row at Atlanta before winning 102-87 in its last visit on March 16, 2011.

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