An important factor for the Toronto Raptors going up towards the Sacramento Kings is that at the very least the Raptors needs to be recent. Sure, they’re on the second night time of a again to again, however the first recreation on an extended highway journey is all the time fakakta. Plus, the Raptors’ starters solely performed between 30 and 35 minutes in a depressing loss to the Utah Jazz. That’s nothing for them! Sure, they need to be recent as daisies. (Are daisies famously extra recent than different flowers?)
Toronto will get one other probability to show that its glorious protection firstly of the season wasn’t a mirage. It actually might need been, so keep tuned to the all the time enjoyable recreation of “what are the Raptors going to be dangerous at tonight?” It’s a bizarre little stretch of six losses in seven video games as a result of we all know the Raptors are glorious at so many issues, and but they will’t appear to place all of them collectively on the identical time. No less than Fred VanVleet stays a boss, all the time, able to will the Raptors to victory like a personality proper out of a spaghetti western.
The Kings are additionally on a bit of little bit of a tailspin. (Solely 5 losses in six video games, although, so the Kings are comparatively volcanic for the time being.) De’Aaron Fox simply hasn’t put it collectively but this 12 months, together with his scoring and effectivity down, and his turnovers up. Toronto ought to look to prey on him with their ultra-aggressive scheme. Equally, Davion Mitchell appears to be like like he’ll have a beautiful future, and he’s already a defensive menace, however he’s one other guard on whom Toronto can choose with its protection. A pair of marks, the each of them!
However Buddy Hield is throwing flames like a darn firebender, and Richaun Holmes is enjoying just like the All-Star middle who acquired away. There are many ways in which this might go unsuitable for Toronto if the protection breaks down. Hield (or Harrison Barnes) hitting a baker’s dozen triples or Holmes throwing down lob after lob are solely two of the attainable pitfalls. Each workforce is frightening within the NBA when your protection is damaged!
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The over-under is 218.5, and Toronto is +4.
OG Anunoby (hip) is out. Valuable Achiuwa (shoulder) and Yuta Watanabe (calf) haven’t formally been dominated out as of this writing, however I’d be very shocked if their standing modifications.
PG: Fred VanVleet, Dalano Banton, Malachi Flynn, Goran Dragic
SG: Gary Trent Jr, Svi Mykhailiuk, David Johnson
SF: Pascal Siakam, Justin Champagnie
PF: Scottie Barnes, Isaac Bonga
C: Khem Birch
All wholesome. Is that even attainable? It appears like Toronto hasn’t been wholesome since 2018-19. Possibly that’s the value of being wholesome throughout a playoff run. Value it.
PG: De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell
SG: Tyrese Haliburton, Terence Davis
SF: Chimezie Metu, Buddy Hield, Maurice Harkless
PF: Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley
C: Richaun Holmes, Tristan Thompson, Alex Len
Gameday: Raptors @ Kings, November 19 originated on Raptors Republic.