The Sacramento Kings (8-17) will try to put an end to the five-game winning streak of Toronto when they welcome the Raptors (16-7) to Golden 1 Center. Toronto is a 7.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 207.5 points. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 10, 2017, and it can be seen on NBC Sports – California.
Toronto Raptors at Sacramento Kings Odds Preview
In the Raptors last matchup, they were victorious over the Memphis Grizzlies, 116-107. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto in scoring with 26 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Toronto played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.372 (above their season average of 0.204) and a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 12.8). For those same stats, Memphis was 0.195 and 14.9, respectively.
The Kings come in on a high note after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans in their last contest, 116-109. With 35 points on 14-for-22 shooting, Zach Randolph led Sacramento in scoring. Sacramento played a nearly perfect game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2 (above their season average of 20.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.552 (above their season average of 0.491). For those same stats, New Orleans recorded marks of 16.7 and 0.517, respectively.
Sacramento might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they square off against one of the leagues best defenses. Toronto ranks ninth in defensive efficiency while the Kings rank 29th in offensive efficiency.
Of Toronto’s 23 games, 12 have finished over the O/U total, while 13 of Sacramento’s 25 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Raptors have a significant advantage. They are 16-7 SU and 13-10 ATS, while the Kings are 8-17 SU and 11-11-3 ATS.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Raptors, it’s been Kyle Lowry, who has averaged 21.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.4 steals, while the Kings have received solid contributions from Randolph (17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Kings won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last contest, Sacramento won 102-99. Sacramento made 11 of its 27 three pointers (40.7 percent). Toronto, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.7 vs. 11.1).
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over
- The Raptors rank fourth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Kings rank 23rd (4.2).
- Toronto ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (48.7) while Sacramento ranks 18th (42.4).
- Toronto ranks fifth in fast break points per game (14.5) while Sacramento ranks 24th (8.8).
- Sacramento ranks 15th in second chance points allowed per game (12.2) while Toronto ranks 26th (13.6).
- Sacramento is 6-4 ATS at home, while Toronto is 8-5 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone under in 8 of the Raptors 13 road games, while 5 of the Kings 10 home games have gone over.
- Sacramento is 3-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Toronto is 6-1.
- The Raptors are 15-4 when they reach the century mark, while the Kings are 5-4.
- The Raptors rank fourth in rebounds allowed per game (40.9) while the Kings rank 19th (43.8).
- Toronto ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (31.9) while Sacramento ranks last (21.7).
- The Raptors rank first in points off turnovers per game (19.9) while the Kings rank 22nd (15.8).
- The Raptors average 8.4 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Kings rank 18th in steals allowed per game (8.2).
- Toronto ranks fifth in assists per game (23.5) while Sacramento ranks 26th (20.6).
- Sacramento is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Kings average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.6, down from 9.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 120.0 points per game (8.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average).