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Preview: Hawks look to sweep season series in Sacramento

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NBA: Sacramento Kings at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks (22-21) will take on the Sacramento Kings (18-25) Wednesday evening, looking to sweep the season series after a 121-106 win just eleven days ago on March 13. The Hawks come in on the heels of their first defeat in the month of March, which came at the hands of a 22-point come-from-behind effort by the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night.

The defeat snapped the Hawks’ infamous eight-game win streak that began in Miami on March 2. It would seem important that Atlanta bounces back right away, with a few tougher games coming up and their tendency to blow leads earlier in the season both in mind. March has been a month of great momentum for the Hawks, but that inertia can dissipate rapidly with a few losses, especially if blowing 20-point leads is involved.

Atlanta will be in good position to hop back into the win column on Wednesday, as the Kings currently sit seven games below .500 as the 13th seed in the Western Conference. Their net rating of -4.7 points per 100 possessions ranks 25th in the NBA, and they rank last in defensive rating (118.1).

The Hawks sit as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference heading into Wednesday’s slate of games, and rank ninth in the NBA with a +1.6 net rating.

Injuries

Danilo Gallinari (left knee contusion) is listed as questionable Wednesday for the Hawks, while Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) is still out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is also out. Sacramento will be missing big man Marvin Bagley III, who was selected three picks ahead of Trae Young in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Line

Atlanta opened as a three-point road favorite over the Kings as of early Wednesday morning. Gallinari’s game status maybe impact that number a little bit, but expect the line to stay somewhere in that range ahead of Wednesday evening’s tip.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 24, 10:00 pm ET

Location: Golden 1 Center

TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)

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

Streaming: Fox Sports Go