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December 5, 2012
Kings vs. Raptors: Five things to watch

The struggling Kings host another struggling team, the Toronto Raptors, tonight at Sleep Train Arena.

Below are five things to pay attention to when the Kings look to end their three-game losing streak.

1. Toronto's shooting percentage: The Raptors have shot 48 percent or better in three of their last four games. If the Kings allow that to happen again, it will put pressure on an offense that has not been efficient lately.

2. Reke's rhythm: After missing two games the Kings have to hope Tyreke Evans doesn't need much time to find his flow on the court. Before sitting out with a bruised left knee, Evans was playing his best basketball of the season.

3. Pressure the ball: The Kings have forced just 14 turnovers in their last two games after forcing nine and five, respectively. The Kings need to force turnovers to create fast break opportunities.

4. Cousins' mojo: DeMarcus Cousins has not been himself most of this season and admits his confidence is gone. If Cousins doesn't find his game, the Kings will struggle to win.

5. Spacing and ball movement: When the Kings struggle on offense, the lack of both are usually the reasons.



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