It's a battle of celler dwellers on this Wednesday evening, as the Raptors face off against James Johnson and the Sacramento Kings.
There's some good news, and some bad news for the Raptors heading into this late night match up. Let's start off with the good news.
Good news: The Sacramento Kings are a very bad team. They have arguably the NBA's worst bench, and due to their lack of scoring depth, have struggled to put up points throughout this season. They currently sit at 4-12, good enough for dead last in the Western Conference, and fourth in the #FailForShabazz rankings (Raptors are third).
As for the bad news: Tyreke Evans is back. After missing two games with a bruised left knee, the Kings SG is back tonight against our Raptors. Tyreke is one of Sacramento's three legitimate scoring options, along with DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thorton, therefore his absence was a big part of the Kings two most recent losses. His addition will undoubtedly boost Sacramento's play offensively, which is not what a struggling Raptors defense wants to hear.
The Kings are one of the few NBA teams that are actually less talented than the Raptors. This is a game the Raptors should win, but whether they will win, is all about whether they continue the trend of playing to the level of their opponent. This has been a recurring theme for this Raptors team; for example they played just as well as the Spurs and Grizzlies, and just as badly as the Bobcats and Pistons. This trend has defined the Raptors season thus far, and if it is to continue, the Raptors will be in tough tonight in Sacramento.
This is the lone soft spot in an otherwise brutal schedule, so the Raptors need to take advantage and get the win tonight in Sacramento.