Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Even though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason could be deemed a favorable because they were able to keep Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to new places, which puts a lot more pressure on Delon Wright and new registering C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the departed contributors.
Luckily, they ought to have the ability to.
Joseph was not especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And following Carroll proved a bust on his new contract, Miles should match with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the little things well.
These are powerful but largely lateral motions, containing high floors but more than hints in loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was an accurate representation of the abilities.
However, regression is coming–not due to roster moves, but instead players sliding down at the leaguewide pecking order. Lowry is just another year removed from his 30th birthday (bad news for a point guard), Ibaka is no spring chicken and the group is relying on much more childhood for its thickness, which could result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish towards the top of this Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins may be asking a bit much.
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