Sacramento Kings @ Toronto Raptors Free Pick January 28th

I was correct on my last Raptors free pick as the Raptors (-3.5) notched a 104-91 win at Indiana last night. I am now 17-15 in Raptors free picks. Tonight the 30-15 Toronto Raptors host the 16-27 Sacramento Kings.

(16-27) Sacramento Kings @ (30-15) Toronto Raptors



Probable starting line-ups:

Sacramento – Point Guard – Darren Collison  Shooting Guard – Ben McLemore  C- DeMarcus Cousins  Small Forward – Rudy Gay  Power Forward – Derrick Williams

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – Greivis Vasquez  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – DeMar DeRozan  PF – Amir Johnson

Stats Leaders:

Sacramento – Points Per Game – DeMarcus Cousins 24.2  Rebounds Per Game – DeMarcus Cousins 12.6  Assists Per Game – Darren Collison  5.9

Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.6  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.5  APG – Kyle Lowry 7.4

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Sacramento – Points For (Per Game) – 101.7 (14th)  Points Against (Per Game) – 104.3 (26th)

Toronto – PF – 105.6 (5th)  PA – 100.6 (20th)


The Sacramento Kings have dropped their last 6 games. On Friday they were defeated 126-101 at Golden State. Center DeMarcus Cousins led the team with a double-double as he scored 28 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He was 9 of 19 from field in 35 minutes. He was 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Point guard Darren Collison scored 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting in 34 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Power forward Quincy Miller scored 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting in 34 minutes off the bench. He also had 6 rebounds. Shooting guard Nik Stauskas netted 11 points on 4 of 5 shooting in 23 reserve minutes. The team shot 41.5% from the field, 23.5% from the 3 point line (4-17), and 85.3% from the foul line (29-34). The Kings were out-rebounded 46-43. The team was out-scored by their opposition 41-22 in the 3rd quarter. They allowed Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson to score an NBA record 37 points in the 3rd quarter. Sacramento is 6-12 on the road this season. Tonight is the 3rd game of a 5 game road trip. Their next game is Friday at Cleveland.

The Toronto Raptors have won 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5 games. Last night they were victorious 104-91 at Indiana. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points on 7 of 15 shooting in 33 minutes. He was 10 of 13 from the free throw line. He had 6 assists. Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 19 points on 8 of 17 shooting in 34 minutes. He dished out 8 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds. Shooting guard Louis Williams netted 14 points on 3 of 10 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. Reserve power forward Patrick Patterson chipped in with 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting in 24 minutes. Small forward Terrence Ross scored 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 19 reserve minutes. He also had 6 rebounds. The team shot 46.6% from the field, 34.6% from the 3 point line (9-26), and 79.4% from the free throw line (27-34). The team was out-rebounded 43-42. The Raptors’ big quarter was the 2nd as they out-scored the Pacers 29-16. Toronto is 17-7 at home this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 6-3 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Their next game is Friday at Brooklyn.

In their first meeting this season on December 2nd Toronto was victorious 117-109 at Sacramento. The Raptors have won the last 2 meetings with the Kings. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the 2 teams.


Sacramento has the talent to be a decent to good team but they just can’t seem to get it together. Firing their head coach Mike Malone earlier this season may have been a mistake. The Raptors are a good team at home so I think they’ll win by 7-10 points tonight. Take the Raptors -6.5 (1.95) (Bet365)

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Our resident NBA expert, Jeff has been handicapping NBA games for several years. He is an avid follower of the Toronto Raptors and the majority of games he handicaps will involve our lone Canadian NBA team.

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