Will Nikola Jokic Play Tonight? Denver Nuggets vs Atlanta Hawks: Injury Updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

Published 02/21/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) motions as he brings the ball up court in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


The Denver Nuggets will travel to Atlanta to face off against the Hawks on Sunday Night at 7:00 PM EST. Each game holds the utmost importance for the Hawks as they try to improve their record.

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So far, they 12-17, but considering the rest of the Eastern Conference is struggling as well, the organization still has a good chance to make a comeback in the second half of the season. However, the story is not that favorable for the Denver Nuggets.

Despite being 16-13 this season, the Nuggets are still the seventh in the West. This proves that there is still a wide gap between the skills of the team in the two conferences.

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Denver Nuggets injury updates and predicted lineup

Feb 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts back to the referees in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As of right now, the Nuggets have several players sidelined due to injury issues. According to their recent injury report, JaMychal Green, Paul Millsap, PJ Dozier, and Gary Harris will all miss the Sunday night’s clash against the Atlanta Hawks.

Considering the injuries in mind, the predicted lineup for the team is Jamal Murray (G), Will Barton (G), Michael Porter Jr. (F), Bol Bol (F), and Nikola Jokic (C).

Atlanta Hawks injury updates and predicted lineup

Feb 15, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young (11) shoots against New York Knicks’ Elfrid Payton (6) and Nerlens Noel (3) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jason DeCrow/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Although the Hawks are still five games below the .500 record, there is still a ray of hope left for the team. However, for them to salvage something this season, Trae Young needs to put the team on his back and help them some games.

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For their matchup vs the Nuggets, only veteran guard Rajon Rondo is listed out. So the predicted lineup for the team is Trae Young (G), Kevin Huerter (G), John Collins (F), Cam Reddish (F), and Clint Capela (C).

Game prediction

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Denver Nuggets should have no problem in registering their 17th win of the season. They are in good form and will pin their hopes on the lethal duo of Murray and Jokic.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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