Raptors Tipoff: Kings have had their number

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Toronto Raptors (16-7) at Sacramento Kings (8-17), Golden 1 Center, 3:30 p.m., TV Sportsnet; RADIO: FAN 590

SCOUTING REPORT
The Kings, despite their recent struggles, have had the Raptors number of late, winning the past four contests between them. It only gets worse when one considers the Raptors deplorable 3-17 record in Sacramento. But these are not the Kings of past. Gone are DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay — two guys who have tormented Toronto — replaced by guys like Zach Randolph, rookie De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, acquired in the Cousins trade with New Orleans. The Kings have won just four of their past 10 contests, including an OT win against Cousins’ Pelicans on Friday.

MARQUEE MATCHUP
Jonas Valanciunas
vs. Zach Randolph
This is an old-school centre matchup — power against power. There are fewer and fewer cases of these in the NBA, but Valanciunas will play a big role in the Raptors exorcising their demons in Sacramento if he can limit Randolph, who leads the Kings in scoring with 15 points and just under seven boards per game. Randolph will step outside and is shooting 36% on threes but it’s not the biggest part of his game.

DID YOU KNOW
This matchup caused more controversy than any other a year ago when Terrence Ross’ apparent overtime-forcing three was ruled no good after video review … Hield comes off the bench for the Kings and is their second leading scorer, chipping in with 12.3 points per game … This will be the Raptors first look at 40-year-old Vince Carter in a Kings uniform … Could be a big night for reserves. While the Raps’ bench leads the NBA in net rating, the Kings bench has outscored opposing reserves in all but three games this season.


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