Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Avoid but lean under
Even though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason may be deemed a positive since they were able to retain Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were exchanged away to fresh locations, which places much more pressure on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Fortunately, they ought to be able to.
Joseph was not especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And after Carroll proved a bust on his new arrangement, Miles should match with his spot-up art and willingness to do the little things so well.
All these are powerful but largely lateral motions, containing high floors but more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 final year, and that was an accurate representation of their skills.
However, regression is arriving –not because of roster moves, but instead gamers sliding down at the leaguewide pecking order. Lowry is another year removed from his 30th birthday (terrible news for a point guard), Ibaka is no spring chicken and the team is relying on much more youth for its thickness, which could lead to some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end towards the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins may be asking a bit much.
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