Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason could be deemed a positive because they were able to retain Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they did not escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to new locations, which places much more strain on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Fortunately, they ought to be able to.
Joseph was not particularly successful in Toronto, and Wright has 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 little things so well.
All these are powerful but largely lateral motions, including high floors but more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 final year, and that was an accurate representation of their abilities.
But regression is arriving –not because of roster moves, but rather gamers sliding down in the leaguewide pecking order. Lowry is another year removed from his 30th birthday (terrible news for a point guard), Ibaka is no spring chicken and the group is relying on even more youth for its thickness, which could lead to some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end towards the top of the Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins might be asking a little much.
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