Raptors vs. Kings Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 08, 2021

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The Raptors look to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the young season when they make their only visit of the year to the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Toronto
27-45
AT
January 08, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Golden 1 Center
Sacramento
31-41
Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +226

53%

Betting Action

47%

Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +226

53%

Betting Action

47%

The Raptors are favoured on the NBA odds.

Sacramento will make the trip to Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 29 to wrap up the season series. The Dinos have won six straight in the series.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

On Wednesday, the Raptors opened their Western Conference trip with a visit to Phoenix, which has the second-longest playoff drought in the NBA. The Kings have the longest, last playing extra basketball in 2006. That’s also the last time the team finished with a winning record. It’s doubtful they finish with one in 2021.

Arguably, there has been no franchise mismanaged more over the past 15 years west of New York City (i.e. the Knicks) than the Kings. Sacramento set itself back additional years in the 2018 NBA Draft. Sitting at No. 2 overall, the Kings could have taken Luka Doncic or Trae Young – now two of the brightest young stars in the league – but instead chose Duke forward Marvin Bagley. He’s not an outright bust, but he’s not close to a star, either, and can’t stay healthy.

Toronto swept Sacramento last year – both high-scoring games and both close – but is just 6-17 all-time at the Kings and 21-26 overall against them. Kyle Lowry averaged 27.0 points and 7.0 assists in the series a year ago and Pascal Siakam 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. D’Aaron Fox (a very good player) averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds for Sacramento. Harrison Barnes 17.5 points.

The Raptors are 4-1-1 against the spread in the past six meetings. The total has gone under in four of the previous five in Sacramento.

Toronto Raptors

We projected the Raptors to lose by eight points in Phoenix on Wednesday and that’s exactly what happened, 123-115. The Dinos have allowed at least 120 points in each of their three-game slide. The Suns drained 21 three-pointers and shot 52.5 per cent from deep. Toronto was outscored by 21 points behind the arc but did dominate in fast-break points (28-10) and points in the paint (48-24).

Siakam had perhaps his best game of the season with 32 points and nine rebounds. Lowry had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Aron Baynes, though, had his second straight scoreless game. Nick Nurse may have no recourse but to bench Baynes perhaps for Chris Boucher, who for some reason only played 15 minutes Wednesday. Toronto is 0-7 ATS in its past seven after scoring at least 100 points in the previous game.

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento ended a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 128-124 home win over Chicago, but Fox suffered a hamstring injury early in the game and didn’t return. It would be a huge break if the Raptors avoid facing him and it does seem likely Fox would miss Friday at a minimum. He leads the team in scoring (20.6 ppg), assists (6.3 apg) and steals (1.9 spg).

The Kings do have an impressive rookie point guard in Tyrese Haliburton, who would surely take on a much bigger role with Fox out. Haliburton started the second half Wednesday and had finished with a career-high 17 points along with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Bagley had his best game of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kings guard Cory Joseph played for the Raptors from 2015-17. Joseph is a key reserve on this year’s team. Sacramento is 11-5 ATS in its past 16 at home vs. teams with a losing record.

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