This evening the Toronto Raptors begin a brief 2 game home stand as they host the Sacramento Kings.
(10-16) Sacramento Kings @ (17-11) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Sacramento – PG – Rajon Rondo SG – Ben McLemore C – DeMarcus Cousins SF – Rudy Gay PF – Omri Casspi
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Bismack Biyombo SF – James Johnson PF – Luis Scola
Sacramento – PPG – DeMarcus Cousins 25.2 RPG – DeMarcus Cousins 10.7 APG – Rajon Rondo 11.1
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 22.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.3 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.0
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Sacramento – PF – 104.6 (4th) PA – 107.4 (29th)
Toronto – PF – 99.8 (21st) PA – 96.2 (4th)
The Sacramento Kings had their 3 game winning halted as they were downed 99-95 at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Starting center DeMarcus Cousins led the team with a double-double as he poured in 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. He also had 4 assists and 4 steals. He shot 11 of 25 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Starting small forward Rudy Gay contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds. He was 8 of 18 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 6 from the 3 point line. Backup point guard Darren Collison came off the bench to net 15 points. He was 6 of 10 from the field, 1 of 3 from the free throw line, and 2 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard Rajon Rondo also had a double-double as he tallied 11 points and 13 assists. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He shot 4 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Starting small forward Omri Casspi chipped in with 11 points and 4 rebounds. He was 3 of 7 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 5 from the 3 point line. The team shot 46.9% from the field, 70.6% from the free throw line, and 30.4% from the 3 point line. They attempted 23 shot beyond the arc and only made 7 of them. They were dominated on the glass as they were out-rebounded 49-31. They had 10 steals in the game. They forced the T’Wolves in to 18 turnovers. They scored 15 fast break points and 54 points in the paint. They were outscored 31-24 in the opening quarter. Tonight is their 12th road game of the season. They are 2-9 on the road thus far. They are 6-4 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a 4 game road trip. Tonight is also the first game of a back to back. Tomorrow evening they play at the Washington Wizards.
The Toronto Raptors put an end to their brief 2 game losing skid with a 108-94 victory at the Miami Heat on Friday. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 30 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 10 of 17 from the field and 10 of 13 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry netted 21 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. He was 8 of 18 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Luis Scola contributed with 20 points and 3 rebounds. He was 9 of 16 from the field, 1 of 1 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward James Johnson chipped in with 13 points and 5 assists. He shot 5 of 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. The team shot 51.3% from the field, 81.8% from the free throw line, and 38.1% from the 3 point line. They attempted 22 free throws and only missed 4 of them. They out-rebounded the Heat 38-34. They had 11 steals in the contest. They forced the Heat in to 13 turnovers. They scored 48 points in the pain while limiting the Heat to 34 points in the paint. They trailed by 5 at the half outscored their oppostion 58-39 in the 2nd half. Tonight is their 13th home game of the season. They are 8-4 at home thus far. They are 7-6 versus Western Conference opponents this season. Including tonight they play 5 of their next 7 games at home. Their next game is Tuesday at home versus the Dallas Mavericks.
In their first meeting this season Sacramento prevailed at home 107-101 versus Toronto. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Raptors combination of DeRozan and Lowry will be too much for the Kings’ poor defense to handle.
Take the Raptors -5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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