Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Even though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason may be deemed a positive since they managed to retain Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they did not escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to fresh locations, which puts a lot more pressure on Delon Wright and new registering C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the departed contributors.
Fortunately, they should have the ability to.
Joseph wasn’t particularly successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s main backup. And after Carroll proved a separation on his new arrangement, Miles should match with his spot-up art and willingness to do the little things so well.
These are strong but largely lateral motions, including high floors but little more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was an accurate representation of their skills.
However, regression is coming–not due to roster moves, but instead gamers slipping down at the leaguewide pecking order. Lowry is another year removed from his 30th birthday (bad news for a point guard), Ibaka is no spring chicken and the group is relying on even more youth for its thickness, which could result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end towards the top of this Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But pushing for 50 wins may be asking a bit much.
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