Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings
Records: Raptors (7-11), Kings (7-10)
MORE: OG Anunoby, Norman Powell injury update vs. Kings
Where to Watch
Date: Friday, Jan. 29
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: SN (Canada), League Pass (USA)
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Their first meeting with the Kings this season was a turning point of sorts for the Raptors.
After starting the season 1-6, the Raptors picked up a much-needed victory against the Kings in Sacramento, winning by a final score of 144-123.
Fred VanVleet led the way for the Raptors with 34 points, but Pascal Siakam fell a rebound shy of a triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Norman Powell chipped in with 20 points as Kyle Lowry's replacement in the starting lineup and Chris Boucher recorded a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench.
Since that game, the Raptors have been a more competitive 5-5. They're currently riding a two-game losing streak, but one of those losses came on the second night of a back-to-back to the Indiana Pacers and the other came against the Milwaukee Bucks, a game in which the Raptors were without OG Anunoby.
Fred VanVleet puts up 34 and the @Raptors score a franchise-high 144 PTS in the win. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/ilsLF5nXYE- NBA (@NBA) January 9, 2021
The Kings haven't had quite as much success as the Raptors since that first meeting, although they enter Friday's matchup on a two-game winning streak, having defeated the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic this week.
De'Aaron Fox scored a game-high 22 points in Sacramento's win over New York while Tyrese Haliburton, who NBA.com's Kyle Irving had in second place in his most recent Rookie Ladder , provided a spark off the bench with 16 points.
𝙉𝙤𝙩 your average rookie 😤@TyHaliburton22 was all over the place in the W against the Knicks- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 23, 2021
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Buddy Hield stole the show in Sacramento's win over Orlando, pouring in a season-high 29 points on 7-for-12 shooting from 3-point range.
Puttin' up the numbers 📊@buddyhield racks up a new 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵! pic.twitter.com/aAthgANXqg- Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 28, 2021
The Kings will be looking to keep their recent strong play going and the Raptors will be looking to get back on track.
For the Raptors, OG Anunoby (left calf) is listed as out and Patrick McCaw (left knee) is out. Norman Powell is also out with a thigh bruise.
For the Kings, Nemanja Bjelica (right ankle) is questionable.
- The Kings currently rank 10th in offensive efficiency ( 110.9 ) and 30th in defensive efficiency ( 118.1 ).
- The Raptors rank 14th in offensive efficiency ( 109.8 ) and 15th in defensive efficiency ( 109.5 ).
- Norman Powell has scored 20 or more points in four straight games, the second-longest such streak of his career .
- Larry Nance Jr. (4.4), Ben Simmons (4.0) and Jimmy Butler (4.0) are the only players averaging more deflections per game than Fred VanVleet (3.8).
- Kyle Lowry ranks first in the league with 11 charges drawn . Los Angeles Lakers centre Montrezl Harrell has the next-most with nine.
- Tyrese Haliburton is averaging the third-most points (11.1), second-most assists (5.0) and third-most steals (1.1) among rookies .
- Buddy Hield is averaging 3.9 made 3s per game, putting him behind only CJ McCollum (4.8) and Stephen Curry (4.4) for most in the league .
- De'Aaron Fox is averaging 5.1 possessions per game in transition, tying him with Kevin Durant for third-most in the league .
- The Kings are giving up a league-leading 52.1 points per game in the paint to their opponents.
Last Time They Played
Date: Jan. 8, 2021
Score: Raptors 144, Kings 123
Raptors: Fred VanVleet - 34 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Kings: De'Aaron Fox - 23 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound
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