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Sacramento Kings Vs. Atlanta Hawks: Hawks Look To Start New Home Streak In MLK Day Matinée

After seeing their 10-game home winning streak snapped in a 112-106 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks will look to get back on the winning track as the Sacramento Kings visit Philips Arena for today's MLK Day match-up. Today's game wraps up a six-game road trip for the Kings who have the league's worst record at 9-29. Conversely Atlanta is 26-15 and is looking to close out a snowy home stand on a good note. 

Even with the loss to Houston, the Hawks have won seven of their last ten contests. Atlanta is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings and just a half a game behind the Orlando Magic for fourth. 

The Kings have won just one game on their current road trip, a 93-83 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Most recently the Kings were defeated by the Detroit Pistons 110-106 on Saturday. Tyreke Evans scored 25 points in that one while also handing out a team-high 11 assists. 

If the Hawks want to jump back in the win column then they are going to have to put forward a lot more effort defensively than they have in the past two games. The Rockets carved up the Hawks on their way to 54% shooting for the game. The 116 points the Rockets scored was the second largest total that the Hawks have surrendered this season. Offensively, the Hawks were in a groove with Joe Johnson leading the way with 30 points. However, they were unable to slow down the Rockets more than had their way offensively. 

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