Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Avoid but lean under
Though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason could be deemed a favorable because they were able to retain Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to fresh locations, which places a lot more pressure on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the departed contributors.
Luckily, they should be able to.
Joseph was not especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has significantly more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And after Carroll proved a bust on his new contract, Miles should fit in with his spot-up art and willingness to do the little things well.
These are strong but largely lateral motions, containing high floors but more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 final year, which was a true representation of their skills.
But regression is arriving –not due to roster moves, but instead gamers slipping down at 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 childhood for its thickness, which might lead to some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish towards the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But pushing for 50 wins might be asking a bit much.
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