The Sacramento Kings (17-12) travel to face off against the Atlanta Hawks (12-18) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at State Farm Arena. Both the Kings and Hawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Kings vs Hawks
The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Kings were defeated by the Trail Blazers in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 130-113. Despite being behind at halftime 67-60, the Kings picked up the win.
With their current record of 17-12, the Kings are above .500 and are looking to keep it that way against the Hawks. When playing Western Conference teams, the Kings are 14-11 and are 3-1 in non-conference games.
Sacramento possesses an ATS record of 15-14 for this season, including their ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. Sacramento has gone 11-12 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 4-2 when playing as underdogs.
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Hawks fell to the Bulls by a score of 118-113. The start of the second half saw the Hawks in the lead, at 56-50.
Currently, the Hawks are 12-18 overall and are looking to snap their three game losing streak when they take on the Kings. In the Eastern Conference, the Hawks are currently in 12th place and are in 3rd place in the Southeast Division.
So far, Atlanta’s ATS record is below .500 at 7-23. Atlanta has failed to cover the spread in two straight road games and are 6-12 ATS on the road compared to 1-11 at home.
Kings Offense Breakdown
The Sacramento offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 8th ranked offense at 117.4 points per game. The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.1 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Sacramento is ranked 12th in fewest turnovers per game.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
The Hawks come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 122.3 points per game (3rd). When looking at the Hawks pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.9. Atlanta excels on offense, while playing at an up-temp pace and their outstanding effective field goal percentage, which is one of the best in the league at 54%.
Kings Team Defense
The Kings’ defense is presently ranked 22nd in the league, allowing an average of 117.9 points per contest. The Sacramento defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Sacramento.
Hawks Team Defense
Looking at the Hawks defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 122.8 points per game (28th). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Hawks defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 57.7% while allowing 38.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Kings And Hawks
In today’s game, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox leading the scoring for the Kings, contributing 20 points while shooting 7/14 from the field. This season, he is averaging 30.2 points per game along with 4.6 boards.
On the other side, Trae Young is our projected leading scorer for the Hawks. We have him ending the game with a team-high 18 and grabbing 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 43.3% and is averaging 28.1 points per contest.
Kings vs Hawks Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Sacramento has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 112 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Through their last five home games, Atlanta has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 2-3 while averaging 120 points per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Kings have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 1-2.
- The last three games that Atlanta was favored, they have an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 1-2 straight up.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +1, the Kings is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 251.5, and our model predicts the Kings and Hawks to score a combined 222 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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