December 10, 2017, 10:56 am
After a hard-earned victory in New Orleans on Friday, the Kings return home to battle the Raptors, who are on their hottest streak of the season.
Toronto is on a five-game winning streak and have won nine of their last 11. They’re also averaging 120 points per game in their five most recent contests. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have combined to average over 45 points per game in their last four games.
The Kings, who haven’t won back-to-back games since taking games over the Thunder and Sixers on Nov. 7 and 9, respectively, are looking for a second consecutive win after their comeback against the Pelicans.
Zach Randolph looked prime as ever in that victory as he dropped 35 points and 13 rebounds. Buddy Hield had 18 points, De’Aaron Fox had 14 and Frank Mason added 12 of his own to lead the way.
The Kings bench had another fantastic performance and outscored the Pelicans’ bench by 37 points. The Kings will look for that type of performance from the second unit, but will also need their A-game from the starters if they hope to compete with the high-powered offense of the Raptors. This season, Toronto is third only to the Rockets and Warriors in plus-minus at +7.5.
The Raptors have the 14th best pace in the league at 98 and have the third-highest offensive rating at 114. Sacramento, on the other hand, has the fourth-worst defensive rating in the league at 110.7 and are third-worst and second-worst in pace and offensive rating, respectively.
Last season, the Kings beat the Raptors in both of the teams’ meetings. Sacramento averaged 23.5 assists in those two games and just 11 turnovers en route to two wins by a total of eight points.
Lowry averaged 20 points and eight assists in the match-ups with the Kings, while DeRozan shot just 10-of-35 combined in the games against Sacramento.
The Kings hope to be at full strength when they face the Raptors after they recalled Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere from G-League Reno. Willie Cauley-Stein, who missed the last two games due to a back injury, could possibly be with the team as well.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Zach Randolph
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Willie Cauley-Stein (back) – OUT
George Hill (personal) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST)
Where: NBCS California