Kings vs. Raptors watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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SACRAMENTO -- After a tough loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings draw another top tier Eastern Conference opponent Wednesday evening when the Toronto Raptors roll into Golden 1 Center.

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Despite the loss to the Bucks, the Kings finished their four-game road trip 3-1 and sit at a surprising 6-4 on the season. They have reinforcements on the way with shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic getting cleared for action Wednesday morning.

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 pm.

The Kings continue their four-game homestand Friday with a visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves. They'll face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers the next night and then finish off the set with a visit from the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Line: Raptors by 8.5

Projected Starting Lineup


PG De'Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein


PG Kyle Lowry
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Pascal Siakam
C Jonas Valanciunas 

Injury Report


No injuries to report


SF Kawhi Leonard (foot) QUESTIONABLE, F Norman Powell (shoulder) OUT.

Rotation Outlook


Coach Dave Joerger is on the brink of getting back one of his biggest offensive cogs. The imminent return of Bogdanovic will have a ripple effect on the rest of the rotation, although he's likely to see short bursts of time for the next few games. Once healthy, expect the second-year wing to see 30-plus minutes per night, seeing action at the one, two and the three.

The players most likely affected by his return are Frank Mason, Yogi Ferrell and Justin Jackson. It's uncertain if Joerger will use Bogdanovic as a starter or off the bench early in his return, but he's an impact player for the Kings.


Nick Nurse has a veteran squad that is playing at an extremely high level early in the season. He's been forced to go deep into his rotations as of late with the absence of two-way star, Kawhi Leonard, but as of shootaround, the two-time All-Star is expecting to suit up.

If Leonard returns to action, O.G. Anunoby slides back to the bench, joining a strong second unit that includes veteran Serge Ibaka, C.J. Miles and Fred VanVleet. 

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