Sacramento Kings vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/2/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (13-4) at Sacramento Kings (9-8)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
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The Sacramento Kings hope to have DeMarcus Cousins back in the lineup tonight when they host the Toronto Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors started the season 13-2 and were on a six-game winning streak before losing their last two, including a 129-122 overtime loss against the struggling Lakers on Sunday. Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with a big night of 29 points and nine assists, Terrence Ross added 20 points and Louis Williams added 19, but this night just belonged to Kobe Bryant who compiled a big triple double on a milestone night. DeMar DeRozan tore a tendon in his left groin during Friday's loss to Dallas, so the Raptors will suffer a few more defeats while they adjust, but no one wants to lose to this Lakers team. Still, despite the loss, Toronto is still an impressive 13-4 on the season and 4-2 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings had won three straight and three of four before losing their last three straight. On Sunday, the Kings were faced with the tough task of battling the league-leading Grizzlies without DeMarcus Cousins and it wasn't pretty. Without an inside presence, the Kings looked very one-dimensional and got absolutely run over by the Grizzlies in the first half. The Kings ramped up the defense in the second half and looked like maybe they could pull off an upset, but they were always running uphill after falling behind 58-42 at halftime. Cousins is listed as questionable for tonight as he continues to deal with his illness but he isn't expected to be out too much longer.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss, while the Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double digit loss at home and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Sacramento.
Cousins is expected to play tonight which is a major boost for the Kings so I'm thinking upset tonight.