The Raptors topped 50 wins for a fifth straight year last season, with their record ranking 53-19 behind only the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. However, the team have been forced to make tough decisions during the offseason, including letting veterans Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka leave town as free agents.
Despite tempered expectations, Raptors fans still have a lot to look forward to this season. With veteran Kyle Lowry and a freshly signed Fred VanVleet anchoring the roster, the Raptors are posting -165 chances to win over 42.5 games in the next 72-game season, and remain a strong -400 bet on the online betting sites to return to the NBA playoffs. for the eighth consecutive year.
However, Toronto currently ranks sixth among Eastern Conference teams in projected win totals. In addition to falling behind Milwaukee, the Raptors were also passed by Boston, Brooklyn, Miami and Philadelphia.
Winners in 48 games last season, the Celtics ended the Raptors playoffs with a second round victory in the series in seven games and a return to action sport with over 100 chances to win in 45.5 games. . Kevin Durant’s highly anticipated return after missing all of last season with injury has given the Nets a huge boost; after finishing better than .500 just once in the past six years, Brooklyn is bet -120 to win over 45.5 games this time around.
Defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat will only play seven dates against lightweight rivals from the Southeast Division in the first half of the season, while playing 14 total games against the teams. from Milwaukee, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Toronto and Los Angeles. However, that intimidating schedule hasn’t dampened the Heat’s position on the win totals, where they sit as a bet of -105 to surpass last season’s 44 wins.
And the Bucks have a lot to prove after making another early exit from the playoffs last season, and superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo should be highly motivated as he approaches unrestricted free agency. However, Milwaukee remains a short bet of -160 on those NBA odds to fall short of their expected total of 51 wins.
Fresh off their first NBA championship win in a decade, the Lakers follow Milwaukee with -125 chances of 47.5 wins, just ahead of rival Clippers, who is favored with -120 chances to win over 46.5 games. Lower in NBA win totals, the 76ers and Denver Nuggets join Miami at 44.5, while the Dallas Mavericks sit alongside the Raptors at 42.5.