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Raptors go for three wins in a row, look to dethrone Kings in Sacramento

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The Toronto Raptors kick off their road trip in Sacramento against the Kings, who have won back-to-back games.

The Toronto Raptors take on Rudy Gay (right) and the Sacramento Kings
The Toronto Raptors take on Rudy Gay (right) and the Sacramento Kings
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As has seemingly become the norm, the Sacramento Kings are the NBA's biggest source of drama early in 2015-16.

Reports surfaced last week of all-star DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento head coach George Karl feuding, with the latter rumoured to be on his way out of town.

Since then, the Kings have calmed the storm (somewhat) by putting together back-to-back wins and now welcome the Toronto Raptors to California's capital. Toronto has also recorded consecutive victories, so something's got to give.

It's the first of a five-game Western Conference road trip for the Raptors, so we'll see if they can get it started on a winning note. The undefeated Golden State Warriors loom on Tuesday, so it's key for DeMar DeRozan and company to get this one.

As a side note, Raptors 905 have dropped their first two games, both of which have come on the road against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. If you're thinking that team sounds familiar, yes, that was the Raptors' former D-League affiliate. At least Bruno is getting buckets, though.

Pre-game reading material:

James Park tees up tonight's game in detail with his game preview.

Akis Yerocostas sets up the contest from the Kings' perspective over at SacTown Royalty.

Doug Smith's Weekend Mailbag.

Now let's to the comments on a Sunday night.