Sacramento Kings vs Toronto Raptors game 26 preview

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The Sacramento Kings host the Toronto Raptors in a regular season game on Dec. 10.  This article previews that game from a Kings’ perspective.

The Sacramento Kings host the Toronto Raptors tonight.  The Kings begin a brief two-game homestand against Toronto.  The contest also starts at 12:30 local time, so do not miss out on the action.

Last time out, the Kings traveled to New Orleans for battle against Boogie and the Pelicans.  Sacramento rode a 35 point performance from Zach Randolph to a 116-109 victory on Friday.  Below is a highlight video of that game.

Without further ado, here is the top thing I am watching for this afternoon and some final thoughts on the contest between the Sacramento Kings and the Toronto Raptors.

Riding Z-Bo

Zach Randolph may be 36 years old, but he is still a force on the NBA court.  During the month of December, Z-Bo has been showing his vintage form.  In those four games, Randolph is averaging 25.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal, 1.8 3-pointers made and 1.3 turnovers per game.  Now it is mostly fueled by unsustainably hot shooting, but ride the hot streak as long as you can.  Z-Bo should be a difficult matchup for the Raptors big man especially when Jonas Valanciunas is off the court.

The Kings did recall Skal Labissiere from the G-League, but that should not even slow down Randolph.  Expect 32 minutes today and a 20 and ten double-double.

Final thoughts

The Sacramento Kings return home to face the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 10.  The Raptors are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings and have the sixth-best record in the NBA.  Expect a stern test for the Kings.  Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan figure to be difficult matchups for Sacramento.  Monitor the Raptor reliance on their two All-Stars this afternoon and how well the Kings guards are defending the pair.

Monitor the status of Willie Cauley-Stein before tipoff.  Cauley-Stein injured his back last week against the Bucks and missed the previous two games.  The original word was he could miss at least two games.  Expect at least a status update before today’s game on Cauley-Stein.

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