Kings-Hawks Preview

The Atlanta Hawks could use some consistency.

Kyle Korver is certainly doing his part, and their upcoming

schedule should also help.

Korver looks to continue his record-setting streak from 3-point

range as the Hawks try to beat the Sacramento Kings for a 12th

straight time Wednesday night.

Atlanta (13-12) has won four of six after dropping five of six.

Despite continuing to hover around .500, the Hawks are getting

consistent production from Korver, who is averaging 12.3 points and

is among the league’s top 3-point shooters at 48.7 percent.

Korver’s knack for connecting from long range has reached

historic levels, as he’s hit at least one 3 in an NBA-record 94

straight games since going 0 for 2 at home against Houston in his

first game with Atlanta on Nov. 2, 2012.

Korver kept his string going Monday, hitting three 3s to spur a

dominant third quarter as Atlanta went on to defeat the Los Angeles

Lakers 114-100 in the opener of a three-game homestand. He scored

all 11 of his points in the period, when the Hawks outscored the

Lakers 35-19.

“Great intensity. Great aggressiveness and I think we played off

of our defense,” first-year coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We moved

the ball well. We found the open guy. That’s how we want to

play.”

That hasn’t been a problem against the last-place Kings

(7-16).

The Hawks are averaging 111.0 points during their win streak in

the series while making 50.7 percent of their shots, including 39.8

from beyond the arc.

After facing Sacramento, Atlanta hosts Utah (6-21) on

Friday.

Korver has put together his own streak against the Kings, making

at least one 3 in six straight meetings while going 18 for 26 from

long range and averaging 13.8 points.

Al Horford had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap added

25 and 11 in a 105-100 win at Sacramento on Nov. 5. Horford is

averaging 23.5 points and 9.3 boards over his past four meetings

with Sacramento.

The Kings have dropped three of four and are coming off one of

their worst performances of the season. They shot 37.5 percent from

the floor – 4 of 15 from 3-point range – while falling 95-87 at

Charlotte on Tuesday.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points and pulled down 17 rebounds

with six assists and three steals. The center is averaging 24.5

points and 13.3 boards over the past six games. However, he was

limited to 11 points with six rebounds against the Hawks last

month.

Rudy Gay is looking for a bounce-back performance after scoring

a season-low four points while missing 5 of 6 shots against the

Bobcats. He totaled 50 points in his first two games with the Kings

after being acquired in a seven-player trade with Toronto on Dec.

9.

Gay may have to contend with the Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll, who was

a big reason Kobe Bryant was limited to eight points on 4 for 14

from the floor Monday.

“I love it,” Carroll said. “That’s what they brought me here to

do, play defense. Each year I’m trying to make the defensive team

because I think I can be one of the lock-down defenders.”