The Atlanta Hawks head to Sacramento on Tuesday to face off against the Kings.
The Sacramento Kings are starting out their season rough, going just 1-2 through their first three games. The Kings are struggling in nearly every aspect of the game thus far, giving up 98.7 points per game on average, while in turn, scoring just 92.7 per outing. To be fair, the Kings have had a tough early slate, facing the Nuggets, then the Clippers, and finally heading to Golden State to face off against the Warriors. Not an easy stretch for anyone. The Kings last outing was against the Warriors, where the Kings fell to Golden State 98-87. Sacramento fell behind early to the Warriors, but came back strong late, making things interesting towards the end. Leading the Kings against the Warriors was Ben McLemore, who finished with 19 points and a strong plus, minus of 15.
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The Atlanta Hawks, like the Kings are sitting at 1-2 this season. Also like the Kings, the Hawks have had a tough road to start their season as the Hawks went to Dallas, then home against the Raptors, and then finally to Los Angeles on Sunday, where the Hawks fell to the Lakers 105-103. Against Los Angeles, the Hawks were led by Korver, who finished the night with 22 points. Atlanta’s offense is definitely clicking right now as the Hawks are scoring better than 104 points per game on the year, but defense is an issue as Atlanta is giving up 106 per outing, ranking them 26th in the league in scoring defense. Another concerning stat is their rebounds, which ranks 24th in the league, grabbing just 40.7 boards per game.
The Atlanta Hawks are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and the Hawks are just 1-4 overall in their last five. The Hawks are also 0-5 against the spread in their last five road games. The Hawks are 5-0 overall however in their last five games against the Kings in Sacramento. The Kings are 2-3-1 against the spread in their last six games, and the Kings are just 1-6 overall in their last seven. Sacramento is also just 3-7 against the spread in their last ten games at home.
I’m going to take the Hawks in this spot. The Hawks are good offensively inside, but that’s where the Kings excel, allowing just 33.3 points per game in the paint. Atlanta is going to have to get their points on the outside, and off the break, which is something the Hawks can do well. Also, Atlanta is shooting a very solid 52.1 percent from the field on the year, while the Kings are shooting just over 44 percent.
I’ll take the points with the Hawks as the safe play, but personally I will be putting something extra on the money line as well.
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