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 favorable since they were able to keep Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were exchanged away to new places, which puts a lot more strain on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Fortunately, they ought to 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 bust on his new contract, Miles should match with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the little things well.
All these are powerful but largely lateral moves, containing high floors but little more than hints in loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was a true representation of the abilities.
However, regression is arriving –not due to roster moves, but instead players sliding 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 group is relying on much more childhood for its thickness, which could result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end near the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins might be asking a bit much.
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