Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Avoid but lean under
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 traded away to new places, which places much more strain on Delon Wright and new registering C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Fortunately, they should be able to.
Joseph wasn’t particularly successful in Toronto, and Wright has significantly more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And after Carroll proved a separation on his new contract, Miles should match with his spot-up art and willingness to do the small things so well.
These are powerful but largely lateral moves, containing high floors but little more than hints at 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 rather players sliding 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 youth for its depth, which might result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish near the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins may be asking a little much.
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