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#507 Sacramento Kings -2.5 vs.
#508 Atlanta Hawks 220.5
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 Kings

The 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.

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 offense

It’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.

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Hawks fans can at least count on their team to deliver another spectacle even if it is in a losing effort.

Young can’t be any worse shooting on Friday than he was against the Bulls. I expect him to be more aggressive on offense and return to his double-digit scoring average. It still won’t be enough to fix the slew of offensive problems for the Hawks. They’re a young basketball team lacking in firepower. The same can be said about the Kings, but even they have played better on the offensive end of the court than the Hawks so far this season.

They dropped 120 points in a loss to the Raptors, and they recently overcame the No. 2 defense in the league in a home game against the Utah Jazz. So they’ll be ready for any challenge the Hawks present in this game. It almost feels like the Hawks have to be virtually flawless on defense to make up for their offense not being able to stay in games. I’ll take my chances rolling with the Kings coming out on top and avoiding a second straight loss.

Prediction: Sacramento Kings (-2)

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The Hawks have been dominant on defense in the early part of the season, and they should continue that success against a Kings team that isn’t very explosive on offense. Not that it’s a surprise considering the Kings are only averaging 102.2 points per game on the road. There isn’t a single player on the roster that can be counted on to take over a game on a nightly basis.

Quite the contrary, the Suns have that player in Young, but they lack the requisite help around him to compete with many of the other high-scoring offenses out there. Give me the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (219.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.