NBA Betting Preview (March 20): Kings Vs. Raptors Odds

The Toronto Raptors will take an ugly seven-game losing streak into Wednesday’s contest with the Sacramento Kings at Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto, missing several key starters, fell 111-96 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday and will now play two home games against tough Western Conference opponents. The Oklahoma City Thunder are scheduled to visit Toronto on Friday and they’re currently tied for the best record in the West.

Bet on Kings vs. Raptors

SAC -11.5
TOR +11.5

The Kings have won three of their last four games and are coming off a 121-111 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. They’re holding down the sixth seed in the West but the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are hot on their heels for that coveted final guaranteed playoff spot in the conference.

Let’s dive into the odds for this matchup courtesy of bet365:

Kings vs. Raptors odds

Kings Moneyline Odds-650
Raptors Moneyline Odds+475
Over/Under231 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadKings -11.5 (-110)
Time/DateMarch 20, 7:30 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN
Stream: NBA League Pass
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Betting Sacramento Kings (39-28 SU, 33-33-1 ATS, 35-32 o/u)

The Kings took the only previous meeting between the teams this season, 135-130, at home on Jan. 5 led by a triple-double from big man Domantas Sabonis, who recorded 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists in the victory.

Sabonis has been outstanding this season for the Kings and he enters this contest with a streak of 50 consecutive games with at least a double-double, becoming just the 10th player in NBA history to achieve the feat. Since Dec. 1, Sabonis is averaging 20.6 points (61.6 FG%), 14.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per outing. He leads the NBA in rebounds per game (13.7) and total rebounds (717). Sabonis also ranks sixth in assists per game (8.3) while tallying the third-most total assists (438). He’s the only player since the 1975-76 season to average 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists per game on 60.0% shooting over a 50-game span.

Unfortunately, there’s no value in betting on a Sabonis double-double in this one at -2200 odds.

Betting Toronto Raptors (23-45 SU, 31-37 ATS, 34-34 o/u)

The Raptors are plummeting down the standings thanks to their current seven-game losing streak, but they still have a long way to go to reach the basement in the Eastern Conference with the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards.

Winning games isn’t a priority for the hobbled Raptors right now, and the emphasis will continue to be on letting some of the younger, unheralded players on the roster eat up minutes and audition for roles in the future.

At least five Raptors have scored in double figures in a season-high 12 straight games, including Sunday evening in Orlando where Jordan Nwora led the way recording a team-best 18 points. Nwora has now scored in double digits in four of the last five games, averaging 11.8 points, while shooting 56.1% from the field and 40% (8-20) from three-point range.

Toronto is averaging 8.2 steals this month (ranked fifth in the NBA and highest among Eastern Conference teams in March), while Sacramento currently sits fourth (8.4). Kelly Olynyk leads the Raptors with 15 steals over Toronto’s nine games this month.

Kelly Olynyk over 1.5 steals


Kings vs Raptors Injury concerns

Guard Kevin Huerter (shoulder) is out for the Kings. Forwards Trey Lyles (knee) and Sasha Vezenkov (ankle) are also still out.

The injury report for the Raptors is quite lengthy, with four starters currently on the shelf:

  • Immanuel Quickley (personal) is out.
  • RJ Barrett (personal) is out.
  • Chris Boucher (knee) is out.
  • Jakob Poeltl (finger) is out.
  • Scottie Barnes (finger) is out.
  • D.J. Carton (ankle) is out.
  • The under is 12-3 in Toronto’s last 15 home games.
  • Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last five home games.
  • The under is 4-1 in Sacramento’s last five games.
  • Sacramento is 0-6 ATS in its last six games against opponents with a record under .500.
  • Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has recorded seven or more assists in four straight games, averaging 8.25 during that span. He’s -115 to record over 6.5 dimes. However, Fox has been cold from beyond the arc, draining two or fewer three-pointers in 15 of his last 20 games. He’s -120 to record under 2.5 three-pointers.
  • Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. has been a sneaky source of rebounds recently, grabbing four or more boards in three straight games and seven of his last 10. He’s -120 to record over 3.5 rebounds.

NBA Bets to consider

  • Sabonis under 46.5 PRAs: -125. This matchup is so lopsided that it’s very probable that the Kings jump out to a big lead and don’t require big minutes from their star player. He’s played 40 minutes in back-to-back games so the Kings will seize the opportunity to get him some rest, if the score allows it for it. He should come in well under this number if he only plays 25-28 minutes.
  • Kings first-half spread -6.5: -110. Look for the Kings to pound the undermanned Raptors into submission early so they can rest some of their key starters in the second half. Sacramento has also been a decent bet on the first-half spread this year, recording a 36-30-1 ATS record (fifth in the NBA) to this point.