The Hawks opened the game with a new starting lineup and evened their record on the current road trip at 2-2 with a 106-99 win over the Sacramento Kings. The victory was Atlanta's eighth straight over the Kings and snapped a two game losing streak by the Hawks.
Coach Larry Drew talked about the decision to insert Kirk Hinrich into the starting lineup alongside Jeff Teague and Joe Johnson after the game:
"I'm big on matchups. Coming into this game, one of my fears was they started three guards. I didn't want to put our club at a disadvantage having Marvin chasing guards. It has some value for us in playing Kirk in that starting spot. We bring in a guy who gives us a toughness. We are a little bit more defensive-minded with him in there. When Marvin comes off the bench, he comes in more as being a first, second or third option."