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 favorable because they were able to keep Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, they didn’t escape scot-free.
Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll were exchanged away to new places, which puts much more strain on Delon Wright and new signing C.J. Miles to fill the shoes of the deceased contributors.
Luckily, they should be able 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 arrangement, Miles should fit in with his spot-up prowess and willingness to do the small things so well.
These are strong but largely lateral motions, including high floors but more than hints at loftier ceilings.
The Raptors went 51-31 last year, and that was a true representation of their abilities.
However, regression is arriving –not because of roster moves, but rather gamers slipping 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 team is relying on even more childhood for its depth, which might result in some inconsistent showings.
Toronto should still end towards the top of this Eastern Conference; our projections have them in No. 4. But pushing for 50 wins might be asking a little much.