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Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) questions referee Eric Lewis after being called for a technical foul in the third quarter, Feb. 5, in Toronto’s loss at Sacramento. DeRozan had 18 points in the loss.

Pregame notes: Raptors’ guards a concern for the Kings

Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 4:04 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 - 12:10 am

Kings coach Michael Malone said the Raptors’ backcourt is his biggest concern heading into tonight’s game.

“It all starts with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan,” Malone said. “They set everybody else up.”

DeRozan might be the bigger concern of the the two.

It will be another tough defensive assignment for rookie Ben McLemore, who has had his problems lately keeping up with some of his counterparts.

DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points, but 27.2 over his last 10 games. Malone said Isaiah Thomas has done a better job defensively lately. He’ll have Lowry to start the game.

Lowry is still a solid player who was one of the players considered an All-Star snub. Lowry is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 assists.

I think you can still expect to see Ray McCallum at shooting guard at some point.

Prediction time: The Raptors have been off since Sunday. They might be rusty, but they should be focused considering they need to keep winning to hold off Chicago and Brooklyn in the standings.

Also, beating up on Milwaukee is one thing, beating a solid Raptors team is another.

Raptors 102, Kings 100

My record (minus the game I missed my pregame prediction due to travel issues): 36-24

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