[7:40 PM] Kings @ Hawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Sacramento Kings (2-1)

@ Atlanta Hawks (2-0)


Current odds:

Sacramento Kings: (+250)

Atlanta Hawks: (-300)


ESPN simulations have Sacramento as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Atlanta to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Hawks by 7 points.

The Atlanta Hawks might be the most impressive team in the NBA through the first two games of the season, though they have yet to face a team that made the playoffs last season. The Hawks will get another team that spent last spring outside of NBA arenas when the Sacramento Kings visit on Monday.

Sacramento coach Dave Joerger is trying to turn his team into a defensive power, and veteran Matt Barnes was credited with providing the energy at that end the team needed to escape with a 106-103 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Barnes collected 12 points, nine assists and five rebounds but Joerger thinks his biggest contributions are outside the boxscore.

Atlanta is putting a lot of trust in point guard Dennis Schroder, who signed a four-year extension on the eve of the regular season after taking over the starting role when Jeff Teague was dealt to Indiana over the summer. The 23-year-old is earning that trust thus far and is 10-of-19 from the field while working to build a pick-and-roll relationship with Howard. Schroder had a nice relationship with most of his teammates on Saturday, when he handed out 11 assists in 28 minutes.

Kings starting SG Arron Afflalo is averaging 6.7 points on 31.8 percent shooting.

Atlanta F Mike Scott (knee) has yet to make his season debut and remains day-to-day.

Sacramento snapped a 15-game losing streak in the series with a 91-88 home win in the last meeting on Jan. 21.


StreakSmarts Pick: Atlanta Hawks

Confidence: 7/10

StreakSmarter Pick