Game 66 Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Sacramento Kings


Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (22-43)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Carl Landry
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Atlanta Hawks Probable Starters (52-14)

PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Kent Bazemore
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Elton Brand

Three things to ponder

1. Any defense?

When the Kings lost 130-105 in Atlanta last Monday, they allowed the Hawks to shoot 60.2 percent from the floor and 20-of-36 from behind the arc. The East’s best team also dished 42 assists to 13 turnovers. To avoid more embarrassment, Sacramento must tidy the less glamorous side of the ball.

2. Picking up the slack

With Rudy Gay out (left patellar tendon strain), the Kings need at least one role player to step up their offensive contributions. Derrick Williams has been the spark plug as of late, but a big night from Ben McLemore or Omri Casspi would do wonders.

3. Warm reception

The Kings return to their loyal fans after a two-week absence and their longest road trip of the season. After going 2-6 and suffering blown leads, the team could use a little Sleep Train love.

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