Josh Weinstein

Zach Randolph looks to continue his incredible stretch of basketball on Sunday, when his Sacramento Kings (8-17) take on the Toronto Raptors (16-7) at Golden 1 Center. Tip-off of the matinee matchup is 3:30 PM ET.

The 36-year-old Randolph has been playing as if he was still in his prime of late, averaging 25 points and nearly 11 rebounds over his last four games. With Sacramento’s young front-court of Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein still ways away from being above-average rotation players, especially on the offensive end, Randolph has fit in seamlessly as a veteran leader on this Kings team. The long-time member of the Memphis Grizzlies doesn’t provide much on the defensive end, but his offence is more than welcome on a Kings team that scores a league-low of 96.4 points per game. Randolph earns his bread and butter in the post, so stopping him down low should be Toronto’s top priority in this one.

The Kings are going to have a tough time containing the Raptors high-powered offence. During Toronto’s five-game winning streak, the team has averaged a whopping 120 points per game. Against a Sacramento team that owns the second-worst defensive rating in the league at 109.5, Toronto should have another field day on the offensive end.

The Kings have been pretty awful for the past decade or so, yet against the Raptors, they’ve actually fared pretty well. In 41 all-time meetings, the Kings have a 26-15 record against Toronto. Sacramento has played well of late against the Raps, too, entering today’s tilt riding a four-game winning streak that dates back to 2015. We’ll see if Toronto can snap its funk against Sacramento and win its sixth straight contest.

Projected starting lineups:

Toronto Raptors

  • PG Kyle Lowry
  • SG DeMar DeRozan
  • SF OG Anunoby
  • PF Serge Ibaka
  • C Jonas Valanciunas

Sacramento Kings

  • PG De’Aaron Fox
  • SG Buddy Hield
  • SF Garrett Temple
  • PF JaKarr Sampson
  • C Zach Randolph