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Kings vs. Raptors Preview: O Canada, I hope we actually guard thee

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Boy, does it feel like forever since the last Kings game.  Due to Monday night's postponement, the Kings have had four full days off before today's game against the Toronto Raptors.  Today's action tips off at 4:30 pm on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1.  As I noted above, the Kings have had a lot of rest since playing last.  The Raptors meanwhile are on the second night of a back to back.  This is something the Kings have to be able to use to their advantage.  Breaks of that length are almost never seen in the NBA aside from the All-Star break.  The break also seemingly allowed Carl Landry to get back healthy, as he's been upgraded from out to questionable for tonight's game.

2. Toronto is fully healthy once more as DeMar DeRozan came back earlier this month.  The Raptors backcourt rotation of Lowry, DeRozan, Vasquez and Lou Williams is a very high octane one, combining to average 62.2 points and 15.3 assists a game.  A lot of the responsibility for containing them will fall upon Darren Collison and Ben McLemore, and I'm a bit worried about what will happen if Sacramento has to rely heavily on their bench.

3. The Raptors are an incredibly good offense, but their defense is only average, particularly on the interior.  DeMarcus Cousins should be looking to post up as much as possible, as should Rudy Gay and even Jason Thompson.  If the Kings can get the Raptors main big men in foul trouble, even better.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Jonas Valanciunas vs. DeMarcus Cousins

PREGAME LIMERICK

We're on a six game losing streak!
Kings fans have rarely been so bleak.
But maybe tonight,
we'll do alright
and make us happy this week.

PREDICTION

Kings 116, Raptors 115 as Nik Stauskas hits the game winning three in his hometown off of an assist by Rudy Gay.  Resident Raptors fans are more shocked about the assist.