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 new locations, which places much more strain on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the departed contributors.
Luckily, they ought to be able to.
Joseph was not especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has significantly more upside as Lowry’s main backup. And following Carroll proved a bust on his new arrangement, Miles should fit in with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the small things so well.
These are strong but largely lateral motions, including high floors but more than hints in loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was a true representation of their skills.
But regression is arriving –not due to roster moves, but rather gamers slipping down in the leaguewide pecking order. Lowry is just 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 depth, which might lead to some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end near the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But pushing for 50 wins may be asking a bit much.
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