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 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 strain 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 was not particularly successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And after Carroll proved a separation on his new contract, Miles should match with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the little things so well.
These are powerful but largely lateral moves, containing 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.
However, regression is coming–not because of roster moves, but rather players 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 group is relying on much more childhood for its thickness, which could result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish towards the top of this Eastern Conference; our projections have them at No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins may be asking a bit much.
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