How Will The Toronto Raptors Perform In 2018-19?
The Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with 59 wins during the 2017-18 regular season, but LeBron James swept The North out of the second round of the playoffs with ease. GM Masai Ujiri made drastic changes, firing coach Dwane Casey before trading DeRozan and Poeltl for Kawhi and Green. These risks place the Raptors in a championship or bust situation. Toronto's a better team on paper before the 2018-19 NBA season begins, capable of breaking through the eastern conference.
- 01Toronto Raptors Division Odds
- 02Will The Raptors Make The Playoffs?
- 03Toronto Raptors Wins Over/Under
- 04Will The Raptors Win The Eastern Conference?
- 05Toronto Raptors NBA Championship Odds
- 06NBA MVP Odds
Toronto Raptors Division Odds
- Boston Celtics -130
- Toronto Raptors +260
- Philadelphia 76ers +300
- Brooklyn Nets +15000
- New York Knicks +20000
The Atlantic Division features all three favorites to win the east. Brooklyn and New York are in the middle of a rebuild, non-competitive in 2018-19. Boston nearly won the division without Kyrie and Hayward. Sports betting sites rightfully list the Celtics as NBA futures betting favorites in the division.
Will The Raptors Make The Playoffs?
Yes -5000 :: No +2000
The Raptors missing the playoffs is unthinkable in the weak east. Toronto’s lineup is deep enough to qualify without Kawhi and Kyle.
Toronto Raptors Wins Over/Under
Over 55.5 Wins -125 :: Under 55.5 Wins -105
Over the past three years, the Raptors earned 56, 51 and 59 wins, outperforming expectations. Toronto improved in the offseason with Kawhi and Danny Green. If healthy, Toronto has a legitimate shot at joining the 60-win club, the first time an eastern team has done so since the 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks.
Will The Raptors Win The Eastern Conference?
- Boston Celtics -130
- Toronto Raptors +400
- Philadelphia 76ers +375
- Milwaukee Bucks +2000
The Atlantic Division dominates eastern conference odds, with the Bucks as longshots to contend out of the central. Boston’s the favorites, as expected, but playoff basketball changes the competitive equation. Philly’s young stars didn’t have the same impact in the playoffs compared to Boston’s rookies and sophomores, suggesting that the 76ers may need another year of experience before they excel in the playoffs.
GM Masai Ujiri pulled the string on the Leonard-DeRozan swap because of LeBron’s sweep, but the Raptors front office also wanted Leonard and Green because of how well the Pacers and the Celtics competed in the post season. Kawhi’s an NBA Finals MVP, while Green’s an NBA Champion. A seven-game series between Boston and Toronto could be closer than expected, with Leonard pushing Toronto over the top.
Toronto Raptors NBA Championship Odds
- Golden State Warriors -196
- Boston Celtics +500
- Houston Rockets +850
- Los Angeles Lakers +1000
- Toronto Raptors +1400
- Philadelphia 76ers +1600
LeBron James will not tarnish his reputation by losing to the Raptors in the NBA Finals, if the King and the Lakers manage to win the west. A healthy Houston Rockets features an unstoppable offense lead by a two-headed dragon comprised of Harden and Paul, a matchup which doesn’t favor Toronto in a seven-game series.
LeBron James will not tarnish his reputation by losing to the Raptors in the NBA Finals
The most likely winner of the west is the Warriors, who will be heavily favored to defeat whoever emerges from the eastern conference. Toronto’s lost 16 of the last 18 meetings against the Warriors, including eight in a row against the current version of Golden State. Even with Kawhi, the Raptors will be unlikely to win a ring.
NBA MVP Odds
- LeBron James +333
- Anthony Davis +450
- Giannis Antetokounmpo +500
- James Harden +650
- Kawhi Leonard +950
- Kevin Durant +1000
- Kyle Lowry +32500
The Raptors have their first legitimate MVP candidate since Vince Carter at the turn of the millennium. Kawhi Leonard’s considered the fifth most likely candidate to win an MVP award this season. A 60-win season should land Kawhi in the top three. Kyle Lowry’s the heart of the franchise, but he’s an extreme longshot against the NBA elite.
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