Programming note: Hawks-Kings coverage starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. with Kings Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California, and streaming live right here.
UPDATE (Monday at 1:05 p.m.) -- Rudy Gay has been ruled out for Monday night's game and will miss his second consecutive contest due to a left patellar tendon strain.
The Kings (22-43) return home and begin a five-game homestand on Monday, entertaining the Hawks (52-14) at Sleep Train Arena.
Atlanta visits Sacramento in the second of a back-to-back coming off a 91-86 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles. The Kings last outing, however, included blowing a 21-point lead in Washington as they fell to the Wizards, 113-97.
Sacramento finished its longest road trip of the season at 2-6. They loss to the Hawks last Monday 130-105.
The Kings are now 4-9 under coach George Karl.
Hawks by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Jeff Teague vs Ray McCallum -- Atlanta is so balanced, but we'll start at the head of the snake with the point guard matchup between McCallum and Teague.
1. Focus and reset –- The Kings need to shake any ill effects of a grueling eight-game road trip and regroup on their home floor.
2. Defend, especially the 3-point line –- With or without Kyle Korver, the Kings cannot afford to give up anything similar to the Hawks' franchise-record 20 3-pointers that Atlanta put up at Philips Arena last week.
3. Bench production –- Sacramento will need its bench to step up to be successful against the Hawks.
Kings -- F Rudy Gay (left patellar tendon sprain), G Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) are out.
[RELATED: Gay questionable for Kings]
Hawks -- G Kyle Korver (broken nose), C Al Horford (rest), F Mike Scott (left toe fracture) and G Thabo Sefolosha (right calf strain) are out.
Monday represents the second of two meetings this season between the Kings and the Hawks. Sacramento fell 130-105 in Atlanta to the Hawks on March 9 and has now lost 13 straight games against Atlanta.
The Kings last win against the Hawks came in Sacramento in 2008.
The Hawks swept last season’s series, 2-0 and lead the overall series 155-152, including 39-17 in the Sacramento era.
“It’s frustrating, but we got to keep moving forward, man. I don’t really think anything came easy for us this season. We just got to keep working, keep grinding and try to get better every day.” - DeMarcus Cousins on the Kings 113-97 loss to the Wizards on Saturday.