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
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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