The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of something special. Nick Nurse’s team look destined to go close in their pursuit of claiming the top spot in the Eastern Conference ahead of what could be a memorable playoffs run for the team.
With a 19-4 record at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto have been simply sublime in front of their own fans this year. The Raptors will be quietly confident of claiming yet another victory this weekend – Sacramento Kings shouldn’t offer too much resistance.
The Kings have failed to inspire confidence for most of the campaign. One of the NBA’s most inconsistent teams this year, Sacramento face an uphill struggle to reach the playoffs. Now languishing way down the Western Conference ladder, a convincing defeat is expected.
Toronto’s last defeat to Sacramento came back in November 2016. Since then, the Raptors have been dominant against the Kings and plenty of punters will be backing the hosts to run riot. Without further ado, let’s get down to the contest…
Raptors Looking Very Strong After Recent Run
Toronto have been incredible in recent weeks, winning eight of their last 10 NBA games. On paper, the Raptors are starting to look like the number one team in the Eastern Conference and perhaps only the Golden State Warriors stand in their way of a first NBA title.
Kawhi Leonard continues to set franchise records and the former San Antonio Spurs man is primed for a huge 2019. He could end up being Toronto’s main difference maker come the postseason and plenty of basketball punters will be backing the Raptors based on his form.
10Bet are now 6/4 for the Raptors to claim the Eastern Conference crown and that price is getting shorter by the week. Toronto look destined to go all the way this year and you’d be hard pressed to find many punters writing Nurse’s side off at this moment in time.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers are capable of challenging but consistency remains an issue for both teams. Toronto are the real deal in the East and Canadian basketball fans will be excited at the thought of a first NBA crown.
Kings Slipping Down The Playoffs Pecking Order
Sacramento are slowly but surely slipping out of playoff contention. The Kings are lacking on confidence right now but a huge win at Scotiabank Arena would certainly lift the mood. You won’t find too many punters expecting the road team to emerge victorious though.
The Kings have lost their last five NBA road games – another omen that suggests Toronto may have everything their own way this weekend. With a 9-12 record on the year, it is hard to put too much faith in this struggling Sacramento side.
Furthermore, the Kings have two matches this weekend before they face the Raptors. With that in mind, fatigue could play a big part in the outcome of this one and Sacramento may choose to channel all of their efforts on the other two fixtures. Writing this game off may be the best way to go.
Expect the Raptors to put on a show here. Toronto will head into this contest fresh after an entire weekend off and that bodes well for a convincing home win. Nurse will have his side ready to go for a big push as they look to send out a statement to their Eastern rivals.
Sacramento will probably take a defeat here if they win both games at the weekend. The Kings are difficult to support in the betting and punters should opt for a convincing home win rather than taking Sacramento to keep this one close.
TIP: Toronto (-10.5) to win
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto Raptors 126-109 Sacramento Kings