Sacramento Kings vs. Toronto Raptors - 2/5/14
Toronto Raptors (26-22) at Sacramento Kings (16-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +1 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
Rudy Gay faces his former team for the first time as the Sacramento Kings host the Toronto Raptors tonight.
Head to head, the Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Sacramento while the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in last 5 meetings. The Kings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors on the other hand are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games, 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
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Could this be the ultimate coin toss game? Seriously, I don’t think their is any way of splitting these two teams. Just look at their recent against the spread stats above, both teams have been lights out in that respect. Now, the Sacramento Kings did just snap a seven-game losing streak by demolishing the Chicago Bulls by a lazy 29 points on Monday night, but you can’t look into that too much because they were without Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins for a big chunk of those games. All three are now back and healthy.
What have the Toronto Raptors done lately you ask? Well, they have only covered the spread in 22 of their last 28 games overall, that’s all. What’s even more impressive, they have also covered in 21 of their last 28 games away from home, just super impressive numbers. They currently in the midst of a five-game road trip, having already won in Denver and Utah while narrowly falling in Portland.
Can we safely say that the trade between these two teams a couple of months ago has worked out well for both parties? The Raptors have been the third best team, albeit in a very weak Eastern Conference, since shipping Rudy Gay off to Sacramento back near the start of December. As far as the Kings are concerned, they now have their own big three in Gay, Thomas and Cousins and when they are on, they can beat any team in the league by double-digits.
I would expect a big game from Gay tonight, but I can’t look past what the Raptors have done since shipping him away. Since that time, they have easily been the best team when it comes to covering the spread and while the Kings are a very dangerous team, they are still too inconsistent for my liking....
Dan’s Pick: Toronto -1