Hawks vs Kings Pick and Video Preview: After their eight-game winning streak was snapped vs LA on Monday night, the Hawks head to Sacramento to face the Kings. Atlanta had been perfect since firing Lloyd Pierce and naming Nate McMillan as the interim replacement so that last loss came with a dose of reality and reminded them that you truly cannot win them all.
There is a chance that ATL will be without Danilo Gallinari in this one due to a knee issue, but hopefully, he will be able to play. His return from injury and then strong play has been a guiding light for the team. Without his dominance, there is no way the team even wins half the games that they have. There is a reason they paid top dollars to bring him here in the offseason.
The Kings come off a road win over the Cavs on Monday, who they will see again at home on Saturday. Against the Hawks, there are more weapons. They need to worry about Trae Young and John Collins while hoping Clint Capela doesn’t block every shot that gets put up. The team will probably be making a few moves at the deadline, so it would not be all that surprising of some of the vets are either held out or limited so that they can avoid injury.
- Spread: The Hawks are the favorites, at -3.
- Over/Under: The total over/under for this one is set at 236.5 points.
- Moneyline: The Kings moneyline is +130, while it’s -150 for the visiting favorites.
Hawks Look for Ninth Win in 10 Games
It’s pretty good when you can win eight games in a row in the NBA. It is doubly true if you are six games under .500 nearing the mid-point and pick up the streak as you make a coaching change. Atlanta is a team that has probably failed to achieve expectations, though prior to the Clippers’ loss, they took over as the #4 seed in the East. Things outside the top three are pretty much wide open.
Trae Young was feeling the All-Star snub this year after being voted a starter a season ago, so he’s used that to push his competitive edge further. A trade of John Collin seems highly unlikely, so he’ll be here catching lobs from Trae and making key shots the remainder of the year. The move they made at last year’s deadline didn’t become relevant until this year, but boy, was it worth the wait.
Clint Capela has proven to be a dominant force in the paint on offense as a finisher and an elite rim protector on D. Clint will be looking to send the Kings shots away in this one.
The way ATL wins is by hitting the three-ball and limiting the playmaking of De’Aaron Fox.
Kings Looking for Second Win in a Row
After beating the Cavs on Monday, the Kings were reminded about the joys of winning. It’s even better when you’re up by so much that you can send in the backups to finish the deal. Although, Sacramento chose to let the starters ride out the game. They hardly dipped into the bench against Cleveland, and it could be a problem for them now.
With Marvin Bagley III out, Tyrese Haliburton has joined the starting lineup. That comes with its own set of challenges. Tyrese shot lights out against Cleveland and played terrifically. The issue, though, is he didn’t come off the bench. They didn’t have a player to hand his minutes too, so there was nobody to provide a spark.
They rallied in the third quarter and held the Cavs scoreless for over six minutes. That was a great thing for the team, but it was really the starters + Cory Joseph. Nobody coming in to provide energy, so the starters had to use all their energy. There’s a good chance they’ll be tired for this game, even with the day off.
The Kings will need their bench to come to play if they want a win. That and De’Aaron Fox has to score 35. Lastly, Richaun Holmes will need to outperform Capela.
Hawks vs Kings Pick
- Spread: Hawks -3 is the way to go. They will win their ninth game out of 10.
- Over/Under: OVER 236.5, folks. Defense? Never heard of her.
- Moneyline: Hawks -150 is the bet. The Hawks will cover their three-point spread and get the win.
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