Josh Weinstein

The Toronto Raptors (19-8) host the Sacramento Kings (9-19) in the second and final matchup between the two teams this season. Just last week, Toronto snapped its four-game losing skid that dated back to 2014 against the Kings. Today, they look to earn a second straight victory against the club.

Fresh off his 11th career triple-double, Kyle Lowry looks for another strong outing against Sacramento. He put up 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 dimes against them on December 10, so expect another strong performance from him today.

A duo that should also feast on the Kings is Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka. Both players have been on fire lately, which has only made the Raptors offence even more lethal. More shots are available on the perimeter when those two are wreaking havoc inside, which is a scary prospect for opposing teams, especially outmatched ones like the Kings.

Zach Randolph, who leads the Kings in scoring at 15.2 points per game, will not play today (rest). He joins De’Aaron Fox (right thigh bruise) on the team’s list of inactive players.

For Toronto, C.J. Miles (shoulder) is questionable, while Lucas Nogueira (calf) remains out of the lineup.

Projected starting lineups: 

Toronto Raptors

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

Sacramento Kings

  • PG George Hill
  • SG Garrett Temple
  • SF Vince Carter
  • PF Kosta Koufos
  • C Willie Cauley-Stein