Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Avoid but lean under
Even though the Toronto Raptors’ offseason could be deemed a positive since they managed to retain Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to new locations, which places much more pressure on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the departed contributors.
Luckily, they ought to be able to.
Joseph was not especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s primary backup. And after Carroll proved a separation on his new arrangement, Miles should fit in with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the little things so well.
All these are strong but largely lateral moves, containing high floors but more than hints in loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 final year, and that was an accurate representation of their abilities.
But regression is coming–not because of roster moves, but rather gamers 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 could 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 little much.
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