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Preview: Hawks aim to halt losing skid against red-hot Kings

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Back at home in Atlanta.

Sacramento Kings v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

After a quick, two-game road trip, the Atlanta Hawks return home to face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday evening. While there were moments of glory in Philadelphia and Cleveland, the end result was an 0-2 record (with two lopsided defeats) for Atlanta and, with that as the backdrop, the home team will aim to stop a three-game losing skid against the Kings.

In contrast, Sacramento is scorching hot at the moment, riding a stunning four-game winning streak. On one hand, the Kings were expected to improve, albeit modestly, with internal improvement from young players but, on the other, no one projected a 5-3 early record from Sacramento and this is an opponent playing quality basketball at the moment.

The headline-worthy match-up of the evening comes at the point guard spot, where 2017 top-five pick De’Aaron Fox comes to town to take on Trae Young. Fox enters this game averaging 17.5 points and 6.9 assists per game on the season and, if nothing else, this is a chance to watch two very intriguing young players facing off against one another for much of the night.

Elsewhere, the Kings are receiving high-end contributions from Buddy Hield (18.9 points, 44.7% from three), Willie Cauley-Stein (17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds) and Nemanja Bjelica (15.1 points, 6.0 rebounds) this season. There are certainly signs that the Kings are playing a bit over their heads at this moment but, in the same breath, Sacramento does have a reasonable level of talent and a few advantages over Atlanta in a world that does not involve John Collins on the floor.

The good folks in Las Vegas install the Kings as two-point favorites as a result, with the Hawks entering yet another game as a home underdog. This is essentially a toss-up, though, and the home team is absolutely capable of snatching a victory if players like Taurean Prince and Kent Bazemore can bounce back from uneven showings in Cleveland.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest from State Farm Arena.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go; NBA League Pass (out of market)