When and where: November 8, 2019, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA, 7:30 PM ET
The Sacramento Kings hope to put a heartbreaking defeat to the Toronto Raptors in the rearview on Friday by traveling to Georgia and knocking off the Atlanta Hawks. A failed attempt at a fourth quarter comeback had to be disappointing for a Kings team that nearly defeated the reigning NBA champions. Meanwhile, the Hawks have lost four of their last five games, including a recent run-in with the Chicago Bulls. That’s a nice way of describing a game in which they were blown off their home floor 113-93.
Back to losing for the KingsThe lasting image from the Kings’ loss to the Raptors on Wednesday night was Serge Ibaka storming down the lane, dunking on Buddy Hield and savagely flexing to the crowd. That was the moment when everyone in the arena knew the game was over.
Headbutt was 100% pure pic.twitter.com/VHszQBh5wm— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 7, 2019
The Kings are hopeful Hield won’t get discouraged after getting tomahawked on when returning to the floor on Friday against the Hawks. This will be another outing against a solid defense that will force the Kings to be at their best offensively. Hield has dropped 20-plus points in three of his last four games, which is exactly the production the team wants to see from a player that recently signed a four-year, $94 million deal.
The Kings have simply lacked the firepower to go along with Hield, De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes. They have the fourth-worst shooting percentage in the league (43.2), and they’ll be facing a feisty Hawks defense holding opponents to 104.6 points per game at home.
Perhaps the only hope for the Kings is on the defensive end of the floor. That isn’t to say they actually have a great defense capable of shutting teams down. It’s more of an acknowledgment of the serious offensive shortcomings of a Hawks team ranking second-to-last in offensive efficiency.
Harry Giles III has already been ruled out for Friday’s game, while center Dewayne Dedmon is questionable with a knee injury.
Hawks clearly lacking on offenseIt’s a treat to watch Hawks guard Trae Young make defenders look foolish by dribbling circles around them and feeding the ball to open shooters. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the razzle-dazzle on the court isn’t winning games.
Young only mustered nine points in a 93-113 loss to the Bulls on Wednesday. That isn’t going to cut it if this team is looking to win consistently.
No one is expecting Young to morph into the next Steph Curry overnight, but the Hawks have no chance if their best player is shooting 0-for-8 from 3-pointer and 3-for-12 from the floor. He’ll have a tough match-up on his hands with Fox and the Kings coming to town on Friday. Despite the Kings’ defensive struggles, Fox is capable of holding his own on the defensive end of the floor and could cause trouble for Young.
The story is already out on the Hawks’ offensive struggles with them averaging only 100.8 points per game at home.
But it’s like night and day when talking about the defense. The Hawks have already locked up some talented basketball teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. They should have no issues shutting down a Kings team with a terrible shooting percentage and no offering as a threat on the boards.
Allen Crabbe, Chandler Parsons and Evan Turner have all already been ruled out for Friday’s game, while rookie Cam Reddish is listed as day-to-day with shoulder soreness.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Kings are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games against teams in the NBA Southeast.
- Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Kings are 37-15-2 ATS in their last 54 games against teams in the Eastern Conference.
- Kings are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
- Hawks are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 Friday games.