The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout Saturday. Eight games are up on the board throughout March 13. One of these games will be between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but will look to grab an important win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Sacramento has started out this season with a record of 15-22, which has them in twelfth place in the Western Conference. The Kings have struggled to find rhythm to this point in the season, but are only three and a half games back from the tenth seed. Sacramento will look to get going in this one as they try to sneak their way into the playoff race.
The Hawks have put up a record of 17-20 to this point in the season, which has them in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has won three games in a row and will look to keep it going. The Hawks are playing under their new coach now and will look to earn a win in this one. Atlanta will look to move further into the playoff race with a win in this one.
Atlanta has been slightly better to this point in the season, while the Kings have struggled. The Hawks are currently sitting in a playoff spot in the East, while Sacramento is outside the playoff race. Both teams will look to earn a big win in this one though. I expect both these teams to try and set the pace early on Saturday night as they look for the win.
The Kings and the Hawks only met up once last season. Atlanta hosted the game on November 8. Trae Young scored 30 points and 12 assists, while Jabari Parker finished with 25 points. It was not enough though. Buddy Hield dropped 22 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic put up 20 points off the bench. De’Aaron Fox dropped 17 points and 9 assists as Sacramento earned a 121-109 win.
Sacramento’s last game was against the Houston Rockets on March 11. Victor Oladipo finished with 23 points and 9 assists for the Rockets, but it was not enough. De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points and 9 assists. Buddy Hield, Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes each scored 20 points as well. The Kings starting lineup combined for 101 points to earn a 125-105 win at home.
The Hawks last game was against the Toronto Raptors on March 11. Norman Powell finished with 33 points and Chris Boucher added 29 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. The Raptors could not pull off the win though. Trae Young dropped 37 points, while Danilo Gallinari added 20 points off the bench. Atlanta was able to hold on for a 121-120 win on the road.
Sacramento has won four games in a row against the Hawks entering this matchup. The Kings are coming off a dominant win against the Rockets, while Atlanta snuck away with a tight win against the Raptors. Sacramento will look to carry momentum over in this one after a dominant performance from their starting five. The Hawks will look to shut them down early in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Kings have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season so far. Sacramento has been able to make 48 percent of their shots from the field, which is 9th in the league. The Kings are shooting 36.8 percent from deep, which is 13th in the NBA. Sacramento is also shooting 72.3 percent from the charity stripe, which is 30th in the league.
Atlanta has not been quite as good shooting so far this season. The Hawks have been able to drain around 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the NBA. Atlanta has made 36.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 18th in the league. The Hawks have sunk 82.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 5th in the NBA.
Sacramento has been the better team shooting the ball so far this season, but the Hawks have been better on defense. Atlanta has held opposing teams to a 46.1 percent field goal percentage, which is 11th in the league. The Kings have allowed their opponents to make 49.1 percent of their shots, which is 30th in the NBA. Sacramento will need to step up on defense in this one.
De’Aaron Fox has been the leader for this Kings team so far this season. Fox is averaging 23 points and 7.5 assists per game. Harrison Barnes has averaged 17 points per game. Buddy Hield is averaging 16.5 points, while Marvin Bagley has averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Richaun Holmes and Tyrese Haliburton are both averaging 13 points per game.
Trae Young has continued to help step up for Atlanta throughout this season. Young has averaged 26.5 points and 9.5 assists per game. John Collins is averaging 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Clint Capela has averaged 14.5 points and 14.5 rebounds, while Kevin Huerter is averaging 12.5 points per game. Danilo Gallinari rounds out the lineup, averaging 12 points per game off the bench.
These two teams have a nice spread of scoring throughout their lineup. The Hawks are without De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, which hurts a bit in their depth. Atlanta still has a nice spread through their lineup and will look for some players to step up. Sacramento will look for their lineup to step up as well to match the Hawks offense.
Atlanta has lost four games in a row against the Kings, but I think that they can turn it around with a win in this one. The Kings have struggled throughout this season, but have won two of their last three games. I think that the Hawks can come out stronger at home in this one though. I like Atlanta’s defense to help them earn a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Hawks listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Atlanta entering this game. I agree with this line as the Hawks try to keep up their success in this one. The Hawks will look to earn another win under their new head coach. Atlanta needs to win games like this to make the playoffs and I think that they will get it done at home.