Atlanta Hawks Vs. Sacramento Kings Game Thread

Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks look to finish strong and go 2-2 in their 4 game road trip as they look for a win in Sacramento.

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2012/2013 NBA Regular Season Game #8, Road Game #5
Friday November 16, 2012
Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento California
10:00 p.m. ET
SportSouth HD, 680 AM/93.7 FM
Probable Starters
Jeff Teague PG Isaiah Thomas
Kyle Korver SG Tyreke Evans
DeShawn Stevenson SF James Johnson
Josh Smith PF Jason Thompson
Al Horford C DeMarcus Cousins

Hawks Injury Report: Johan Petro (lower back pain) played in his first game of the season last Wednesday's game against the Warriors. Al Horford, who sat out the last game due to a stomach sickness, is questionable coming in. Devin Harris (strained left hamstring) is also questionable.

Kings Injury Report: Isaiah Thomas missed Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers for personal reasons, but he is expected to return tonight. DeMarcus Cousins also finished serving his two game suspension and will be back in the starting lineup tonight. Aaron Brooks' (ankle) and Francisco Garcia's (flu) status is unknown.

Hawks Player(s) to watch: The Atlanta Hawks bench has done a solid job contributing in points this season. In the seven games played so far, the Hawks bench has only been outscored by the opposing bench once. However, they face a pretty formidable bench in Sacramento tonight. In their 8 games played so far, the Kings bench have outscored the opposing bench 6 times. In their past two games, the Kings' reserves outscored their counterparts, 84-41.

Kings Player(s) to watch: DeMarcus Cousins is 0-3 against the Hawks in his short career, but he certainly has hurt the Hawks in those 3 games. According to Basketball-Reference, Cousins is averaging 25.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, and shooting 50% from the field against the Hawks. In their last meeting, Cousins posted an impressive 28 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.

Additional SB Nation Coverage: SB Nation Atlanta

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