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  • The Toronto Raptors (12-20) seek their fourth straight win, and sixth in a row at home against the Sacramento Kings (12-20) on Friday night. Despite only winning two games on the road this season, the Kings have played well of late, winning five of their last eight. Sacramento also took the first match versus the Raptors earlier this season, 107-100 on December 5th.
  • The Kings ended a seven-game road skid with a 97-94 victory over Cleveland on Wednesday, while the Raptors have won eight of their last nine, defeating Portland 102-79 on Wednesday.
  • Far from a distraction, DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 16.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals in the four games since he was suspended for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.
  • Out of the lineup for the Kings: Marcus Thornton, (ankle) and Tyreke Evans, (knee). For the Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas, (hand) Andrea Bargnani, (wrist) and Linas Kleiza (knee).

– Duane Watson

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