Toronto Raptors vs Sacramento Kings

 

It’s an interconference battle on the hardwood in the Golden State. The struggling Toronto Raptors are on the road as they make the cross-country trek to face the Sacramento Kings Friday night. Toronto was dropped 123-115 on the road by Phoenix Wednesday night in their last game. Sacramento got back in the win column by dropping Chicago 128-124 at home on Wednesday night in their most recent action. The Kings lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 26-21 but the Raptors have won the last six meetings. That includes a 118-113 road victory in the most recent matchup between the teams on March 8, 2020.

Toronto Raptors Hoping to Get Back in Win Column

Toronto lost their third straight game as they were buried in a perimeter-shooting barrage on the road by Phoenix Wednesday night. The Raptors dropped to 1-6 on the season and stand in the basement of the Atlantic Division, 5.5 games behind the 76ers. Toronto led by three after the opening quarter, trailed by four at the half and took a 60-58 lead with 10:43 to play in the third quarter before things came apart. The Raptors gave up a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to trail by 10 and couldn’t get closer than two the rest of the way. A 9-0 Phoenix run early in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for Toronto. The Raptors shot 49.4 percent from the field, including 14 of 35 from three-point range, and allowed the Suns to drain 21 of their 40 three-point attempts in the contest. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 32 points and nine boards in the loss.

On the season, Toronto stands 23rd in scoring offense as they put up an average of 107.3 points per game this season. The Raptors are 21st in rebounding with 42.9 boards a night while they are 24th by dishing out an average of 22.7 assists a night. Toronto stands 19th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 112 points a night. Fred VanVleet leads the team with 20.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists a night. Pascal Siakam puts up 20 points plus 7.7 rebounds per game while Kyle Lowry adds 19.4 points and 7.4 assists per game. OG Anunoby (12.9 points) and Chris Boucher (12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, two blocks) are averaging in double figures. Norman Powell, Matt Thomas, Terence Davis, Aron Baynes and Alex Len are all looked at to help Nick Nurse’s squad. The Raptors are dead last in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 42.2 percent from the floor as a team. Toronto stands third by knocking down 14.9 three-pointers a night while they are 24th in three-point field goal percentage as they sink 34.2 percent of their attempts on the season.

Sacramento Kings Try to Climb Over .500

Sacramento snapped a three-game skid as they managed to hold off the Bulls at home on Wednesday night. The Kings improved to 4-4 on the year, leaving them tied for fourth in the Pacific Division, two games behind the Lakers and Suns. Sacramento looks to climb over the .500 mark in this contest. Against the Bulls, the Kings were involved in a back-and-forth affair as they led by three after the opening quarter and at the half before seeing the game tied after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Sacramento was up just one in the final minute before Buddy Hield hit a four-point play with 38.3 seconds left to take a 124-119 lead. The Kings went on from there to earn the victory. Sacramento shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 14 of 37 from three-point range, and hit 20 of 27 free throws to offset allowing Chicago to shoot 52.7 percent in the contest. Richaun Holmes led the Kings with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the win.

The Kings enter this game 12th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 112.8 points per game. Sacramento is 11th in rebounding with 46.1 boards a contest while the team stands 22nd by handing out an average of 23.1 assists per contest. The Kings are 24th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 117.6 points a night. De’Aaron Fox leads the team with 18.4 points plus 5.6 assists a night on the year. Harrison Barnes (17 points, 7.1 rebounds) and Buddy Hield (15.1 points) are solid scoring options as well. Richaun Holmes (13.3 points, 8.4 boards), Marvin Bagley III (12.1 points, 8.6 boards) and Tyrese Haliburton (11.7 points, 4.7 assists) are each averaging in double figures. The Kings also have Hassan Whiteside, Cory Joseph, Nemanja Bjelica and Glenn Robinson III to lean on in their rotation. Sacramento is 18th in field goal percentage by shooting 45.1 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Kings are 26th by knocking down an average of 10.6 three-pointers a night while they are 19th by knocking down 35 percent of their attempts from beyond the mark this season. Fox left Wednesday’s game against the Bulls with right hamstring tightness and is questionable here.