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.