Toronto Raptors vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-5)
The Toronto Raptors (1-6) are headed to Golden 1 Center on Friday where they'll take on the Sacramento Kings (4-4). The odds on this game have Toronto as 5-point favorites. The total opens at 226.5.
The Toronto Raptors took the court against the Phoenix Suns and took a loss by a final of 123-115 in their last contest. Toronto finished the game with a 49.4% field goal percentage (39 of 79) and made 14 out of their 35 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Raptors made 23 of 32 attempts for a rate of 71.9%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 42 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 18 assists for the matchup as well as having 6 steals and 5 blocks. Regarding defending, Toronto let their opponent shoot 48.2% from the floor on 40 of 83 shooting. Phoenix distributed 30 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Furthurmore, the Suns pulled down 41 rebounds (8 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Phoenix finished the contest at 91.7% from the free throw line by burying 22 of their 24 tries. They made 21 out of their 40 shots from beyond the arc.
Pascal Siakam is one player who came through for the contest. He had 32 points on 11 out of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 38:09 minutes and grabbed 9 rebounds. Siakam ended up going 52.4% from the field and earned 3 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He snagged 9 boards and also totaled 6 dimes. He finished shooting 60.0% from the field in this matchup by going 9-of-15 (24 points). Overall, Lowry was on the court for 38:26 minutes.
Toronto comes into this one with a mark of 1-6 this year. They average 107.3 points per contest (23rd in the league) while hitting 42.2% from the field. The Raptors are connecting on 34.2% from downtown (104 of 304) and 78.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Toronto is pulling down 42.9 boards per contest and has totaled 159 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 27th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 24.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Raptors are forcing their opponents into 17.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 13th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 183 conceded so far this season. The Raptors defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 44.7% (124 of 143) and they surrender 49.6 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 37.6% on 3-point shots and they are 19th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (112.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Sacramento Kings took home the win by a final score of 128-124 against the Chicago Bulls. The Kings recorded 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in the game. They stuffed 3 tries while recording 8 steals for the game. The Bulls committed 21 fouls for this game which took the Kings to the charity stripe for 27 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throws for a rate of 74.1%. In relation to 3-pointers, Sacramento knocked down 14 out of 37 tries (37.8%). When all was said and done, the Kings went 47 out of 91 from the field which had them sitting at 51.6%. The Kings permitted the Bulls to bury 49 out of their 93 attempts from the field which had them shooting 52.7% in this game. They went 35.0% from three-point range by hitting 14 out of 40 and ended up shooting 12 of 15 from the charity stripe (80.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Sacramento allowed Chicago to pull down 43 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Richaun Holmes pitched in for the Kings for this contest. He converted 10 out of 11 in this contest giving him a rate of 90.9%, which had him sitting at 24 points. Holmes snagged 8 rebounds in his 29:41 mins of time on the court and had 5 dimes in the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Sacramento was Marvin Bagley. He racked up 21 points in 29:04 mins on the court by going 8 out of 14 shooting in this matchup. Bagley wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the field and also totaling 2 dimes and 12 boards.
Sacramento has a record of 4-4 so far this year. As an offense, the Kings are connecting on 45.1% from the floor, which is ranked 18th in the league. Sacramento has accounted for 902 pts for the year (112.8 per contest) and they grab 46.1 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.1 times per game (22nd in the league) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Kings commit 21.3 fouls every game and they shoot 73.4% from the charity stripe. The Kings are ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per game with 117.6. They have given up 27.9 assists and 44.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 27th and 12th in the NBA. The Sacramento defense allows 36.1% on three-point shots (107 of 296) and their opponents are connecting on 80.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 49.3% from the field (27th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento (+5)
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