Raptors won't be bowing to Kings in Sacramento

The Raptors look to start their road trip right in the valley of the sun

However, this one game in November was a microcosm of why sources around league front offices believe the Lakers are an increasingly longer shot to land Leonard - way more think the Clippers are a likely destination - and the Raptors have a chance to keep him.

Here's why the Raptors shouldn't sleep on the Kings and try to finish off what has been a very successful mini west coast road swing strong.

Before Sunday's game, the Lakers surprisingly didn't have a game where they didn't trail by over 20 points. As a team, the Kings are shooting a second-best in the National Basketball Association 39.9% from behind the arc which will clearly be Toronto's defensive focus tonight.

The offence comes primarily from the one-two punch of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox. "And my experience, unfortunately, most of the time that the player like Kawhi sits out, that team ends up winning or at least goes on a hell of a run".

If so, it's possible his cheap one-year deal and three-point shooting could come in handy at the trade deadline if teams are looking for veterans like Beasley to round out a playoff roster. "You don't look too much into it, you always stay even keel". The Raptors can't afford to ignore these two Wednesday night.

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.

Walton hopes his team will take the game against the Raptors as a learning experience as this was the first game they lost this season with a double-digit margin. The truth, however, is the Raptors only boast the 14th highest pace in the league, averaging just 102.05 possessions per game, meaning it isn't that their playing incredibly fast, it's more they're playing incredibly efficiently.

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Jamal Murray scored a career-high 48 points in the Nuggets' 115-107 victory over the Celtics. And they got into a comfort zone.

The Raptors win each game by an average of nine to 10 points.

Zach LaVine tallied 41 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Bulls' 116-115 double-overtime win over the Knicks.

The Raptors on the other hand are shooting 35.1 per cent from outside and 49.2 per cent from the field.

You know the Raptors, a team that LeBron has owned in the past.

Sacramento Kings have a 6-4 record (7-3 against the spread) so far this season and are now tied with the Clippers in the 5place of the West. But Nick Nurse, Toronto's first-year head coach, has switched Ibaka to playing center full time this season, and the move has paid immediate dividends.

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