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State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia Attendance: 12,095
Kings go for 5th straight win at Atlanta
Sacramento Kings at Atlanta Hawks
- The Hawks won 15 in row between these teams from 2008 to 2015 but the Kings have won three of the last five. All three victories came in Sacramento, as the Kings have dropped 11 straight in Atlanta. It is the Hawks' longest active home streak versus any opponent and is tied for the Kings' longest active road losing streak against any team (Spurs).
- The Kings won their fourth game in a row for the first time since February 2017 when they beat the Magic on Tuesday, 107-99. The last time they won five in a row was in January 2016. Sacramento's .625 win percentage in October was its highest in a single month (minimum five games) since April 2006 when it went 7-2 (.778).
- Last season, the Kings were the only team without a player averaging at least 15.0 points per game but they have four players scoring at least that in 2018-19 in Buddy Hield, De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nemanja Bjelica. The four such players are tied with four other teams for the most such in the NBA this year.
- Willie Cauley-Stein has posted a double-double in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a King since DeMarcus Cousins did so in six straight contests in February 2017.
- The Hawks shot a season-high 53.7 percent from the field but allowed a season-high 136 points in their loss in Cleveland on Monday. Atlanta has allowed over 130 points in regulation twice already this year after doing so only six times in the previous 25 seasons.
- After leading all of Division I last season in both points per game and assists per game as a freshman, Trae Young leads the Hawks this year in both with 19.1 ppg and 6.6 apg. The last rookie to lead his team in each category over a full season (minimum 70 percent of team games played) is Kemba Walker when he posted 12.1 ppg and 4.4 apg for the 2011-12 Hornets.
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The youthful Sacramento Kings will be going for their fifth straight win on Thursday when they visit the even-younger Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.
The Kings (5-3) rolled over the Orlando Magic 107-99 for their fourth straight victory on Tuesday, the last two coming on the four-day East Coast road trip. Atlanta (2-5) has dropped three straight games, including a 136-114 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, since posting back-to-back victories.
Sacramento will be trying to break an 11-game road losing streak to the Hawks. The Kings haven't won in Atlanta since 2006. The two clubs split their two-game series last season.
The Kings have only four players with four-plus years of experience on their roster. Only center Kosa Koufos and forward Zach Randolph have 10 or more years in the league. Sacramento is the eighth youngest team with an average age of 25.7, while having the sixth-oldest player in the league in Randolph.
The Hawks have 10 players with two or fewer years of NBA experience. The roster is the fourth-least experienced in the NBA with an average of 3.65 years. That number drops to 2.63 years with the exclusion of 20-year veteran Vince Carter.
The Kings are getting balanced scoring across the board, with five players averaging double figures.
The leading score is guard Buddy Hield (18.9 points), who had a team-high 25 points in Tuesday's win over Orlando. He has scored at least 20 points in each of the last four games. Hield also averages 6.1 rebounds.
The other top scorers are guard De'Aaron Fox (17.5 points, 6.9 assists), forward Willie Cauley-Stein (17.5 points, nine rebounds) and Nemanja Bjelica (15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds). First-round draft pick Marvin Bagley averages 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds.
Fox's status with a sore back was not known Tuesday until just prior to the tip. Fox did not score in the first half, but put up 14 in the second half.
"I felt like I had to push through it," he said. "I felt like I had a great first half, a forgettable first half."
The Kings will also get veteran forward Iman Shumpert back against the Hawks. He was given the night off on Tuesday. It will be a homecoming for Shumpert, who played at Georgia Tech.
The Hawks have struggled with consistency and have been prone to putting together strings of turnovers. They gave it away 11 times in the third quarter against the Cavaliers, which allowed Cleveland to take control of the game and cruise to a win.
"We had a really good first half and then they made adjustments," Atlanta rookie Trae Young said. "We weren't ready to play and couldn't finish it out."
Young, a first-round pick from Oklahoma, leads the team in scoring (19.1) and assists (6.6). The Hawks have gotten consistent scoring from forward Taurean Prince (16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds) and guard Kent Bazemore (15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds).
Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the development of Alex Len, the burly sixth-year veteran from Maryland. Len had a season-high 22 points against the Cavs with nine rebounds and two blocks.
Atlanta is still awaiting the return of power forward John Collins. He is not expected back for at least two weeks as he works through an knee injury that has caused him to miss the first seven games.
Updated November 1, 2018