Vegas Over/Under: 48.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 48-34
The Bet: Avoid 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 didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were traded away to new places, which puts a lot more pressure on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Luckily, they should be able to.
Joseph wasn’t especially successful in Toronto, and Wright has more upside as Lowry’s main backup. And following Carroll proved a separation on his new arrangement, Miles should fit in with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the small things well.
These are powerful but largely lateral motions, containing high floors but more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was an accurate representation of their skills.
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 group is relying on even more childhood for its depth, which could result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still finish near the top of this Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But compelling for 50 wins might be asking a little much.
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