2017-2018 NBA Previews – Raptors Odds
Looking for 2017 Toronto Raptors Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Toronto Raptors are hoping that continuity is a virtue this season. Vegas set the over under at 48.5 games for 2017-2018 but while many are expecting them to be good none are predicting them to disrupt the hierarchy in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto Raptors Season Preview
Head Coach: Dwayne Casey
2016-17 Record: 51-31
Raptors Odds to NBA Title: +7500
Raptors Odds to Win Conference: +2000
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The Raptors have become a playoff mainstay the last few season. Unfortunately they have consistently found Cleveland in their way.
This season they have not tinkered with the formula too much but there are a lot of young players who will have come through if they want exceed expecations.
Toronto Raptors Strengths:
Other than the Warriors the Raptors might be the most familiar team to NBA fans with 4 of the 5 starting spots filled by returning players.
That is because they have doubled down on the group that finished the season by resigning Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
Toronto still has one of the best backcourts in the NBA with Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. They are among the most productive in the league.
DeRozan may be a throw back but it is hard to argue with the results. He averaged 27ppg last season but that number could grow if the Raptors do pick up the pace.
Lowry is the team’s best three point shooter and when he went down last season they really missed that part of his game. They have made moves to add shooting this season.
He takes his share of abuse but I am a fan of Jonas Valanciunas. I know the game is evolving and making big men less relevant but he can score and rebound. They need to give him more touches in my opinion.
That being said it is very nice to have a guy like Ibaka around. He has always been a good defensive player and rebounder and he can spread the floor.
The roles on the Raptors are pretty defined. I see that as a good thing, now it is just time to play.
Toronto has the luxury of using the season to figure out how it can play best. There will not likely be a lot of drama until April.
Toronto Raptors Weaknesses:
The Raptors essentially have two units, an experience group of starters and an inexperienced group of promising backups.
The season is probably going to be all about combinations there of in the middle parts of games so that the starters get the rest they need throughout the season.
Delon Wright is the new backup point guard and the expectations are high. He has great length but is still developing his offensive game. Corey Joseph was more limited but knew how to run the offense. The more Wright develops the more they can give Lowry the rest he needs.
Up front they are hoping that one of their two top picks from a year ago emerge.
Jacob Poetl has some offensive polish but is very slight. Sometimes you need a guy to come off the bench and bang for boards and the Raptors do not have that.
If the second unit develops an identity it could be a huge factor.
Toronto Raptors Betting Prediction: 53-29
I do not know if it will help advance to the NBA Finals for the first time but I like this team to have a great regular season.
I think continuity is often overrated and they have talent too, especially in the backcourt.
If the “bench mob” can win them some games along the way they can win the division over Boston.
Coach Casey is a defensive guy but he is being pushed to open things up a little. They have some personnel to do this but they are not going to be the Warriors.
It will be interesting to see what this change really means because old habits die hard. The Raptors might have a few more overs this season but it might be hard to choose the right spot. Love the over on the win total.
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