NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 18th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (31-22) at Sacramento Kings (11-43), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings will be hoping to get their post-All Star break schedule off to a rare winning note when they return to action against the Atlanta Hawks tonight at ARCO Arena.
Sacramento lost five straight times and 13 of its last 14 games prior to the week-long hiatus and owns the worst overall record in the NBA this season at 11-43. Since December 16, the Kings have won only four times over the course of 29 games.
The Kings did make a notable roster move during their time off, acquiring journeyman guard Sam Cassell from Boston on Tuesday in exchange for a conditional second-round pick and cash considerations. The 39-year-old has yet to play in a game this season.
Sacramento was last in action on February 11, when the club dropped a 94-82 decision at Houston. Kevin Martin paced the Kings with 18 points, with Bobby Jackson and rookie Jason Thompson netting 15 and 14, respectively.
Atlanta returned to the court last night against the Los Angeles Lakers and were handed a 96-83 loss by the reigning Western Conference champions. The Hawks had won their previous two games before the break.
All-Star Joe Johnson led the Hawks, who were outscored by a 40-24 margin in the third quarter and shot just 36.9 percent as a team, with 14 points. Josh Smith added 13 points on the evening, while Zaza Pachulia finished with a team-best 12 rebounds.
Tuesday's loss continued a six-game road trip for the Hawks that began with a four-point victory at Detroit on February 11. Atlanta, which will also visit Portland, Utah and Denver on the swing, owns a 12-16 road record for the season.
The Kings are just 8-17 at ARCO Arena so far this season, but have taken eight of the last 10 matchups between these teams. The Hawks have lost eight consecutive times in Sacramento since posting a 100-94 win on February 23, 2000.
02/18 10:35:06 ET