December 17, 2017, 12:14 pm
It’s deja vu as the Kings face the Raptors just one week after the two teams’ most recent meeting.
Toronto got the best of Sacramento in that contest as they won 102-87 in Sacramento. This time, the two will meet in the “Six” as the Raptors look to make it three straight wins and two straight against the Kings.
Prior to last week’s loss, the Kings had won the last four games against the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan led his team with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting and nine assists. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in an all-around well played game for the Raptors.
The Raptors forced the Kings into 21 turnovers, which turned in 27 points for the victors. The Raptors have won eight of their last nine and are coming in hot, much like they did seven days ago. They’re averaging 117.5 points per game in their last two contests (both wins) and have scored 100 or more in 14 of their last 15 games.
The Kings on the other hand, have scored over 100 points just nine times in 28 contests on the year. The KIngs will have their hands full with an offense that’s averaging 111 points per game, while the Kings are allowing 105.5 points to their opponents.
The Kings may also be without De’Aaron Fox, who’s dealing with a quad injury. Fox suffered the injury in the Kings’ loss against the Timberwolves on Thursday.
Fox had been averaging about 24 minutes per game in December and had started in 11 straight games for the Kings. The Kings will more than likely look to the struggling Garrett Temple to fill some of the minutes, but the Kings also have the option of running with a player who’s been mpressive as of late in Frank Mason.
The rookie guard Mason has been a solid contributor off the bench for the Kings, and though he’s shooting just 17 percent from the field in his last three games, he’s been a steady building-block for the Kings and is primed to slide into the starting role for Dave Joerger and the Kings.
Joerger could also go to a player familiar with starting in the past in Buddy Hield, but with his level of play being so consistent off the bench, it’d be interesting to see if Joerger risks Hield possibly trying to outplay himself.
The Kings are on the second game of a four-game road trip that extends until Wednesday, but with the Kings having a day off Monday, most key players should be in line to play extended time.
PG – George Hill
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Vince Carter
PF – Kosta Koufos
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
De’Aaron Fox (quad) – OUT
Malachi Richardson (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE
Zach Randolph (rest) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST)
Where: NBCS California