The Toronto Raptors (14-20) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (20-13) on Friday, January 5th. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Raptors vs Kings
The Raptors Are Coming Off A Win
The Raptors notched a win against the Grizzlies in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 116-111. The start of the second half saw the Raptors in the lead, at 62-48.
Heading into today’s game, the Raptors are looking to build on their two game winning streak. Overall, the Raptors are 14-20, including a 9-9 record at home and a 5-11 record on the road.
Toronto has an overall ATS record of 17-17 as they come into today’s game. As the favorite this season, Toronto is 7-8 vs. the spread while going 10-9 as the underdog.
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Kings took down the Magic by a score of 138-135. Leading up the game, the Kings had a -5-point advantage on the spread but their 3 point win didn’t cover the spread. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 231.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
With a 20-13 record, the Kings are above .500 as they take on the Raptors. In their 33 games, the Kings have gone 15-11 against Western Conference teams and are 5-2 in non-conference games.
Sacramento has an overall ATS record of 17-16 for the season so far. The Kings have failed to cover the spread in two straight games as the favorite and are 5-2 vs. the spread as the underdog.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Toronto has recorded an average of 114 points per game (18th) throughout 34 games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.7 per contest. Right now, the Raptors offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 19th in effective field goal percentage.
Kings Offense Breakdown
The Kings arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 117.8 points per game (8th). The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.1 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.3 possessions per contest.
Raptors Team Defense
In terms of defense, Raptors is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 115.1 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.8% while allowing 37.9% from downtown.
Kings Team Defense
On defense, the Kings are ranked 21st in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 57.6% of their games. Inside the arc, the Kings defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.6% and 37.7% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Raptors And Kings
In today’s game, we anticipate Pascal Siakam leading the scoring for the Raptors, contributing 22 points while shooting 8/17 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.4 points per game, along with 6.6 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox to be the top scorer for the Kings. Our projection has him finishing the game with 26, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 47.4%, and he is contributing 29.4 points per game on average.
Raptors vs Kings Trends
- In their last five road games, Toronto has averaged 120 points per game while allowing 116. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-3 while going 3-2.
- Sacramento has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 111. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- As the betting underdog, the Raptors have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Toronto posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the Kings have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Sacramento posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
As the underdogs with a spread of +5, we recommend going with the Raptors on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 238.5, and our model projects the Raptors and Kings to reach a combined total of 224 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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