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Saturday October 16th, 2021 11:06PM

Jokic and the Nuggets take on the Hawks

By The Associated Press

Atlanta Hawks (23-22, sixth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (27-18, fifth in the Western Conference)

Denver; Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets square off against the Atlanta Hawks. Jokic is seventh in the NBA scoring 27.2 points per game.

The Nuggets have gone 12-9 in home games. Denver is 17-8 in games decided by 10 points or more.

The Hawks are 12-13 in road games. Atlanta is eighth in the NBA with 45.9 rebounds per game led by Clint Capela averaging 14.3.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Hawks won the last meeting 123-115 on Feb. 21. Trae Young scored 35 points to help lead Atlanta to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jamal Murray leads the Nuggets with 2.7 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 21.1 points while shooting 41.3% from beyond the arc. Jokic is averaging 26.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 8.4 assists over the last 10 games for Denver.

Young leads the Hawks averaging 25.7 points and grabbing 4.0 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 16.3 points over the last 10 games for Atlanta.

LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 114.2 points, 44.4 rebounds, 28.7 assists, 8.3 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.3 points on 47.4% shooting.

Hawks: 8-2, averaging 113.3 points, 46.1 rebounds, 24.1 assists, 6.6 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.1 points on 44.2% shooting.

INJURIES: Nuggets: Greg Whittington: out (knee), Monte Morris: out (quad).

Hawks: Lou Williams: out (trade pending), De'Andre Hunter: out (knee), Kris Dunn: out (ankle), Cameron Reddish: out (achilles).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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