The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Friday. Eleven games are up on the board in total for November 8 in the NBA. One of those eleven games will be between the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have had slower starts to this season, but will look to earn a big win to start this weekend. This game will be at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Sacramento has started out the season with a record of 2-6, which has them tied for thirteenth place in the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors. The Kings are coming off a loss, which ended a short two game winning streak they had going. Sacramento will look to bounce back with a win to get a new streak going on Friday night.
The Hawks have gone 3-4 to open up the new season. Atlanta is currently sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference with the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks got blown out by the Chicago Bulls in their last game and have lost four of their last five games. Atlanta will look to get back to .500 with a win in front of their home fans against the Kings.
Both the Kings and the Hawks missed out on the postseason last season but will look to get back in the playoff race this season. They have not had ideal starts, but it is still early in the season and they can turn it around. These two teams will look to get back on track after losing in their last performance with a big win on Friday night.
Sacramento and Atlanta met up twice last season. The first game of the season was in Atlanta. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings as he dropped 31 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. Buddy Hield put up an impressive 27 points as well. Jeremy Lin had 23 points off the bench for the Hawks, but it was not enough as Sacramento pulled away with a 146-115 win.
The second game of last season was hosted by the Kings. Trae Young had a nice night putting up 23 points and 8 assists for Atlanta, but once again it would not be enough. Harry Giles had 20 points off the bench. In total Sacramento’s bench combined for 80 points to help lead the Kings to a 135-113 win at home.
Sacramento had the Hawks number last season as they swept the season series with two blowout wins. The Kings have won three games in a row against Atlanta and they will look to keep that winning streak going with a win on the road on Friday night. The Hawks looked good in their first two games of the season and will look to recapture that magic to earn a win against Sacramento.
Field Goal Shooting
The Kings have not been doing well at shooting or defending from the field so far this season. Sacramento has only been able to sink around 43.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is fourth worst in the NBA. The Kings have also allowed their opponents to make 49.1 percent of their shots, which is the worst in the league.
Atlanta has been solid at shooting from the field this season. The Hawks have made 45.3 percent of their shots from the field and 55.2 percent of their shots from inside the arc, which is second best in the NBA. Atlanta has only allowed opposing teams to make around 43 percent of their shots from the field, which is the top ten in the league.
The Hawks have an edge when it comes to field goal shooting in this matchup. Atlanta has found ways to make shots from inside the arc, but have not found their stroke from deep. The Hawks could get that going against the struggling Sacramento defense. The Kings will need to get their offense rolling early if they want to make shots against Atlanta’s defense, which has been solid this season.
De’Aaron Fox has had a strong start to this season, scoring around 18.5 points per game with 6.5 assists. Buddy Hield has averaged around 17.5 points per game. Harrison Barnes is averaging 15.5 points per game this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Richaun Holmes have been doing well off the bench. They are both averaging 11 points per game.
Trae Young has continued where he left off in his strong rookie season. Young has averaged around 24 points per game with 7.5 assists from the Point Guard spot. John Collins is averaging 17 points per game with 9 rebounds. Jabari Parker has averaged around 15 points per game with the Hawks, while DeAndre’ Bembry is averaging 9.5 points per game.
Young has helped carry the load for a large part of Atlanta’s scoring throughout this season. The Kings have seen solid scoring from their Guard pair, but they have had some help off the bench, which has been a weak point for the Hawks. Atlanta has a really young team and they will need some to step up on Friday night.
The Hawks have lost three games in a row against Sacramento, but I believe they will end that streak with a win on Friday night. Atlanta has been better at shooting and defending from the field this season. The matchup between Fox and Young will be one to watch, but I like Young in this one as he has had a strong start to the season.
BetOnline has the Kings listed as a -120 against the money line. This implies that Sacramento will win this game around 54.5 percent of the time. I think that with this game being in Atlanta, that it should be in their favor. Sacramento has been without Marvin Bagley which hurts, and I think will give a big advantage to the Hawks. I am taking Atlanta in this game as home underdogs.