Game 24 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Atlanta Hawks

Isaiah Thomas makes his move against the Atlanta Hawks. (Photo: Tobin Halsey)

Gametime: 4:30 pm PST

Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (7-16)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Atlanta Hawks Projected Starters (13-12)

PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Kyle Korver
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Al Horford

What to watch

1. Can the Kings bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Bobcats?

Charlotte isn’t horrible, like they have been the last few seasons, but they aren’t good either.  The Kings had a golden opportunity to start their four-game trip with a solid win.  Instead, we are left wondering if they will return home next week on another elongated losing streak.

2. The health of Rudy Gay

Gay left Tuesday night’s game after just 24 minutes of action due to a stiff right knee.  If he can’t go, expect Derrick Williams to get the nod and the Kings’ bench to be completely depleted.

3. The Battle of the Bigs

DeMarcus Cousins is getting better and better as the season progresses.  But when these two teams met Nov. 5, Al Horford destroyed the Kings big man, dropping 27 points and 10 rebounds on Cousins in front of his home crowd.  DeMarcus has an opportunity to get his revenge tonight, but he has to stay out of foul trouble for Sacramento to have a chance.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".