Preview: Kings (21-32) vs Hawks (31-22)

The Kings welcome another playoff-caliber team to Golden 1 Center on Flashback Friday.
by Benedict Tagle

With a record of 31-22 following a few early season struggles, the Atlanta Hawks are poised to return to their usual nesting spot near the top of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta enters Sacramento winning four of their last six games, including their most recent outing – a 117-106 victory over Denver. This game is the second in the season series between the two teams.

In their wire-to-wire victory against the Nuggets, the Hawks displayed the team-oriented basketball they have become famous for in recent seasons. Seven players scored in double figures while Dennis Schroeder and Dwight Howard both recorded double-doubles. Wilson Chandler led six Nuggets scorers in double-figures with 24 points.

Like the Hawks, Sacramento comes into tonight’s matchup with a victory under their belt. Last time out, the Kings beat the Boston Celtics in a convincing 108-92 victory. Five players scored at least 10 points or more for Sactown, led by Darren Collison’s 26. Willie Cauley-Stein converted a Dunk of the Year candidate in the final period that made headlines across the League.

The Kings look to bring their record on this current six-game homestand above .500 with a victory against Atlanta.

Key Matchup

Tim Hardaway Jr. is playing some of the best basketball of his career. He is averaging 20.5 points per game over the last four contests on 53.6-percent shooting. He’s also posting 41.7-percent from long distance. Hardaway Jr. has tied a career-best with eight-consecutive games in double-digits.

Did You Know?

Three Hawks—Hardaway Jr., Schroeder, and Paul Millsap—are averaging their highest scoring outputs this season.

Broadcast Information

The game will be streamed online at CSN California. Fans can also tune into the action on Sports 1140 KHTK Radio and the Sacramento Kings + Golden 1 Center App. Follow with live updates and postgame content on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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