Sacramento Kings vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 7:30 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): SN1, NBC Sports California | Sportsnet 590 The FAN, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

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Sacramento Kings (Away)

Head Coach: Luke Walton {All-Time 100-153 | LAL, SAC}

Season Record: 2-5

Projected Starting Five: (G) De’Aaron Fox – (G) Buddy Hield – (F) Harrison Barnes – (F) Nemanja Bjelica – (C) Richuan Holmes

Top Performers:

  • (G) De’Aaron Fox – 32.1 MPG | 18.6 PPG | 3.6 RPG | 6.3 APG
  • (G) Buddy Hield – 30.7 MPG | 17.1 PPG | 3.7 RPG | .375 3P%
  • (F) Harrison Barnes – 32.7 MPG | 14.0 PPG | 5.6 RPG | 1.4 SPG

To say that the Sacramento Kings have had a difficult start to the season would be an understatement. After starting 0-5, the Kings have rebounded to win two straight. Luke Walton still has a lot of building to do, but they’re trending in the right direction.

Marvin Bagley is still going to be out with a thumb fracture, while Hield and Bogdanovic are yet to find their range from deep. To say the least, the success of De’Aaron Fox has driven them to their only two victories.

They will have their hands full against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have one of the best paces in the NBA, as opposed to the Kings’ own. Considering the Raptors are one of the best interior defending teams, the Kings will be hard-pressed to play at their current speed.

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Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 62-26 | TOR}

Season Record: 4-2

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Fred Vanvleet – (F) OG Anunoby – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 33.5 MPG | 26.0 PPG | 8.5 RPG | 3.3 APG
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 38.8 MPG | 24.0 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 6.8 APG
  • (G) Fred Vanvleet – 37.8 MPG | 16.2 PPG | 4.3 RPG | 7.2 APG

The Toronto Raptors are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, their chief Eastern Conference rival. While they struggled to start the game, they showed a champions resolve to bring the game within two after trailing by 29.

The Raptors are well rested and will take on a youthful but surprisingly slow paced Sacramento Kings team. They weren’t able to connect in the first quarter against the Bucks, shooting 3 of 18 in the first quarter. They will have to remedy that against the Kings.

Chief playmaker Kyle Lowry will be tasked with slowing down the dangerous De’Aaron Fox. In fact, Toronto will have to be careful as all of the Sacramento wing players are inside-outside threats.

For more on the Raptors, check out this article on the Toronto Raptors Offseason Moves

What’s At Stake?

This is not a regularly contested rivalry, as the Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings have only met 45 times since the Raptors’ inception in 1995. In that time, the Kings lead the all-time regular season series 26-19.

A win for the Sacramento Kings would drag them closer to the top ten in the Western Conference.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would send them into the top three of the Eastern Conference.

De’Aaron Fox’s Attack is Vital

The Sacramento Kings only have two wins on the season. Those two wins are in large part due to Fox’s intentions to attack the rim more frequently in order to trigger their offence.

In three of their best performances – versus Portland, New York, and Utah – Fox averaged 12 free throws per game. In comparison, during their four losses Fox averaged less than four free throws per game.

Fox’s aggressiveness has a great affect on the Sacramento Kings’ offence. He is not only causing foul trouble, but creating openings for his shooters. If his shooters can be efficient, odds are the Kings can create a nightmare for the Raptors’ big men.

The Kyle Lowry Effect

Kyle Lowry is without a doubt, the best player in the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise. A bulldog point guard, at 33 years old he is averaging a career high in points and minutes played.

His output has been excellent, but for the Raptors it is a double-edged sword. Lowry is undoubtedly the leader of the squad, but his heavy minutes are in part due to the Raptors current lack of depth.

Against the Bucks, head coach Nick Nurse had only seven players participate in more than ten minutes of the match. The rest – Terence Davis, Matt Thomas, Chris Boucher – played spot minutes. Nurse has promised to spell his stars more, but if that takes away from their play expect Lowry to have another busy night.

Can the Kings Find Some Bench Production?

In the Kings’ 113-92 win over the New York Knicks, Sacramento looked incredible with their staring lineup on the court. When the bench entered the game, it was a different story.

The Kings starting five was an average +22.7 against the New York Knicks. The bench on the other hand was a -1 average on the evening. Bogdanovic and Ariza struggled shooting the ball, while Dewayne Dedmon was good defensively but non-existent on the offensive end.

The Kings can’t assume they will get excellent production from their starters every night. It is up to Bogdanovic to find his range as well as Joseph to better lead the second unit. The Raptors play their starters heavy minutes, so the Kings’ will have to challenge with their superior depth.

Who Is Next for the Raptors?

To say that Nick Nurse doesn’t trust his bench players quite yet would be an understatement. Of players that have appeared in all six matches, only seven of those players have seen more than 20 minutes of action on average.

At some point Nurse will have to give his depth a chance. When that is will likely be based on their record. Matt Thomas and Terence Davis have proven excellent perimeter scoring options, but lack experience as rookies. Meanwhile free agent additions Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson have appeared in a combined three games.

It’s clear the Raptors want to get off to a strong start. However riding his starters this hard will eventually bare negative results. The Kings aren’t the strongest of teams, so it seems like the right opportunity to give some of their reserves and extended run.

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Sacramento Kings Roster Notes

(F) Marvin Bagley – 24 Oct 2019 – Out (Thumb) – The Kings announced Bagley is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured right thumb.

(C) Harry Giles – 3 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Knee) – Giles III is listed as out for Sunday’s (Nov. 3) game against New York.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

(G-F) Patrick McCaw – 1 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Knee) – McCaw did not play in Saturday’s (Nov. 2) game against the Bucks.

X-Factors: (F) OG Anunoby vs (F) Harrison Barnes

Gear up for what will be a physical matchup at the wing position when OG Anunoby and Harrison Barnes square off.

Anunoby is an elite defender while Barnes is a versatile scorer. This will be a matchup to keep an eye on.

(F) Harrison Barnes (6-8, 225lb (203cm, 102kg) | North Carolina | 7 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2027SAC732.714.05.61.1.455.333

 

Harrison Barnes finds himself as more of a role player than a star now that he is a King, but that doesn’t change anything about his effectiveness. Barnes is still an efficient scorer and has the size and speed to keep up with multiple positions.

He hasn’t been prolific from range, so he will have to keep the Raptors honest with some improved three-point shooting. Anunoby is incredibly strong for a small forward, so Barnes will be tasked with battling the Englishman on both the offensive and defensive glass.

(F) OG Anunoby (6-7, 232lb (201cm, 105kg) | Indiana | 2 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBSTLBLK3P%
19-2022TOR634.211.86.71.71.5.455

 

OG Anunoby looks on track to have the season of his career. After struggling through personal and health issues last year, he has come back with a defensive mentality that rivals the NBA’s best.

He will be tasked with locking up Harrison Barnes, who had a gaming winning tip-in just a few games ago. Also averaging a career high 11.8 points per game, Anunoby must also be an offensive threat.

Sacramento Kings at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The odds will be updated as they are made available.

Why the Sacramento Kings Will Win

Sacramento thrives when they utilize a drive and kick offence entered around De’Aaron Fox. With the Raptors’ plodding big men, the Kings can take a win if they can beat the Raptors front court from the perimeter.

Why the Toronto Raptors Will Win

The reigning NBA Champions will always be a threat to take an NBA game. To take down the Kings, they will have to take advantage of their pace. The Kings have a slow build-up, if the Raptors can efficiently outshoot them, they can take the match.

Sacramento Kings vs Toronto Raptors – Game Odds

The latest odds for the Kings vs Raptors are provided by bet365 NJ, DraftKings, and Caesars NJ.

Good Luck!

Money Line:

SportsbookSAC KingsTOR Raptors
bet365 NJ+290-370
DraftKings+270-335
Caesars NJ+310-380

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