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Kings vs. Hawks preview: Sacramento’s final game before the NBA trade deadline

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The Kings return home after going 3-3 on their six-game road trip.

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings are back home for the first time in two weeks to take on the red-hot Atlanta Hawks.

The Kings have won three out of their last four games and are 3.5 games out of a play-in spot going into the season's stretch drive. Sacramento is coming off a 119-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, when rookie Tyrese Haliburton scored a career-high 28 points.

Game Information

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California

When: Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: NBC Sports California, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

Opposing perspective: Peachtree Hoops

Projected Starting Lineups

Kings: De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Tyrese Haliburton, Richaun Holmes

Hawks: Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Tony Snell, John Collins, Clint Capela

Injuries/Absences

Kings (18-25): Robert Woodard II (left hamstring) — QUESTIONABLE; Marvin Bagley III (left-hand fracture) — OUT

Hawks (22-21): Danilo Gallinari, Kris Dunn (ankle) — QUESTIONABLE; Cam Reddish (Achilles) — OUT

The Kings have been better defensively over their past four games. They’re giving up 112.2 points per game during the 3-1 stretch, 7.0 points less than their season average. Haliburton’s insertion into the starting lineup in place of the injured Marvin Bagley III has made Sacramento more versatile on the defensive end.

Atlanta has turned things around since hiring new head coach Nate McMillan. The Hawks are 8-1 since the veteran took over and have climbed into a playoff spot. McMillan’s arrival has coincided with a big improvement on the defensive end.

Over the past nine games, Atlanta is leading the league in opponents’ field goal percentage (42.5) and second in points allowed at 101.4, an 11.7-point improvement from when Lloyd Pierce was manning the sidelines.

There’s no word yet on if Danilo Gallinari will be good to go in this game, but he has benefitted most from the coaching change. Since McMillan's hiring, the veteran forward is playing eight more minutes per game and averaging five more points game.

This is the final game for both teams before the NBA trade deadline. NBA insiders say that the Kings and Hawks have been active on the trade front, and a potential deal involving young forward John Collins has been discussed.

Sacramento’s general manager Monte McNair could look to move veteran pieces Hassan Whiteside and Nemanja Bjelica for future assets. There have been reports that Harrison Barnes is drawing interest from around the league, and teams have also checked in on the availability of starting center Richaun Holmes.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Atlanta beat Sacramento 121-106 on March 13.