Toronto Raptors

Vegas Over/Under: 48.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Even though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason may be deemed a positive since they managed to keep Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they did not escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were exchanged away to new locations, which places a lot more pressure on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Luckily, they should have the ability to.
Joseph wasn’t particularly successful in Toronto, and Wright has significantly more upside as Lowry’s main backup. And following Carroll proved a bust on his new contract, Miles should match with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the small things so well.
All these are powerful but largely lateral motions, including high floors but more than hints in loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 final year, and that was an accurate representation of their skills.
However, regression is coming–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 (bad news for a point guard), Ibaka is no spring chicken and the group is relying on much more youth for its thickness, which might result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish towards the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But pushing for 50 wins might be asking a bit much.

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