Kings vs Hawks Prediction - NBA Picks 12/29/23

Atlanta Hawks (12-18) vs Sacramento Kings (17-12)

Game Info: Friday, December 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks +1 -- Over/Under: 249 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Sacramento Kings travel to the State Farm Arena to battle the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Here’s a Kings vs Hawks Prediction.

Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings have cooled off a bit lately with three losses in their last four games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting trounced by the Trail Blazers in a 130-113 road defeat on Tuesday. De'Aaron Fox led the team with a season-high 43 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 16 of 26 shooting, while Domantas Sabonis added 34 points with 12 rebounds and five assists on 14 of 19 shooting, but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Kings shot 48 percent from the field and 10 of 42 from the 3-point line but they just didn't get enough support from their role players to keep pace with the Trail Blazers for 48 minutes. Keegan Murray had a quiet game of just five points on two of 11 shooting while Malik Monk scored just seven points on three of 11 shooting.

Sacramento Kings Player Facts

  • Domantas Sabonis ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.1) this season.
  • De'Aaron Fox ranks 5th amongst qualified players for points per game (30.2) this season.

Atlanta Hawks

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks will be hoping to put an end to a three-game skid after falling short to the Bulls in a 118-113 road defeat on Tuesday. Trae Young led the team with 21 points and 13 assists, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided the spark off the bench with 22 points on eight of 21 shooting while Dejounte Murray chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Hawks shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 45 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 39 points in the second quarter to erase an early 12-point deficit, only to allow 68 points in the second half to suffer yet another painful defeat. The Hawks will meet the Wizards after this one.

Atlanta Hawks Player Facts

  • Trae Young ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.3) this season.
  • Clint Capela ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.5) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for field goal attempts per game this season (93.5).
  • The Hawks rank 29th in the league for Q1 opponent points per game this season (31.8).
  • The Kings rank 29th in the league for Q2 opponent points per game this season (31.0).
  • The Kings rank 29th in the league for Q2 win percentage this season (27.6%).

Kings vs Hawks Prediction

The Kings could really do with a win after getting humbled in their last outing by the hands of the Trail Blazers, while the Hawks will take any win they can get after falling just short to the shorthanded Bulls in their last game. Both teams come into this meeting with similar form, but there is a bit more to like about the Kings who have Fox and Sabonis playing great basketball at the moment. This should be a close one, but in the end I have the Kings pulling away behind another big game from Fox.

 

Peter’s Pick Sacramento -1

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