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Hawks: This is the opener of a two-game West­ern Con­fer­ence road trip for At­lanta, which has four wins in its last seven games . ... The Hawks rank fifth in the NBA in as­sists and steals. They’re av­er­ag­ing 15.5 turnovers forced per game and 17.2 points off turnovers . ... Dwight Howard is hav­ing a solid sea­son with av­er­ages of 14.2 points and 13.0 re­bounds, but he has missed con­sec­u­tive games with a sore back. Nuggets: The sil­ver lin­ing of Den­ver’s blowout loss to the Clip­pers in Los Angeles on Tues­day? No­body got hurt . ... The Nuggets are try­ing to ex­tend their home-court win streak to four games . ... The Nuggets lost the sea­son se­ries with At­lanta 0-2 last sea­son but are 30-12 against the Hawks in Den­ver . ... In his last five games, Nikola Jo­kic is av­er­ag­ing team highs of 17.2 points, 9.0 re­bounds and 4.8 as­sists.

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