Raptors Special Report: Four Betting Trends that Summarize Toronto's Season
The Raptors Four Key Betting Stats (So Far)
Stats are often misused by casual fans and overanalyzed by some analysts. For bettors, stats are a necessity but with countless ones out there, it's crucial to determine which ones to focus on.
The Raptors are in the top-ten in most major NBA statistics like offensive rating (108.2, fifth) and effective field goal percentage (53.2 per cent, sixth).
On defense, they are literally in the middle, ranked 15th with a 103.8 rating. So the Raptors are one of the NBA's premier offensive teams and a decent defensive team. But let's dig deeper and look at four key betting stats that highlight the Raptors' 2017-18 season as of today:
Toronto's against the spread (ATS) record at home this season; the Raptors are 4-1 straight-up (S/U) but are only 2-3 and failed to beat the spread in their last three home games. The Raptors opened the season with two convincing wins at home against Chicago and Philadelphia but struggled in their return losing to Washington and barely beating Chicago and New Orleans.
Your winning record if you bet the "over" in Toronto's last five home games; Toronto averages 116.4 points a game at home up from their 110.1 overall average. They also allow an average of 106.6 points from their opponents. In these five games, Toronto has only failed to score over 100 once (the loss against Washington) and this was the only game the over failed to cash.
The Raptors' S/U record against winning teams this season; Toronto is 2-4 overall when it played NBA teams with a winning record as of today. They defeated Philadelphia (6-5) and Portland (6-5) but have lost to Golden State (9-3), San Antonio (7-4), Denver (7-5), and Washington (6-5). Worth noting, all the Western teams were played on the road meaning Toronto has a 1-3 record versus winning teams as a visitor.
Toronto's S/U record as a favourite; their only loss came against Washington when they were -250 to win. Their average size as a favourite is -476. Their lowest line came in their home opener against Chicago where they were -1100 and their highest line as a faves was against New Orleans at -193.
What's Next for the Toronto Raptors?
The Raptors get two-days' rest and will again embark on a road trip visiting Boston on Sunday, Houston on Tuesday, and New Orleans on Wednesday.
The Celtics' game will only be Toronto's second divisional game this season. The Celtics are on top of the NBA with a 10-2 record and have won ten straight despite losing star acquisition Gordon Hayward to injury. Houston is tied for first in the West with a 9-3 record.
Toronto will likely be the underdog against Boston and Houston but could be a slight favourite against New Orleans, who they already hold a win over, albeit at home. The Celtics have a 6-2 conference record while the Rockets have a 5-1 record against the NBA East.
Betting on the Toronto Raptors
Check here to get updated on what's happening with your favourite dinos. The NBA season is nearing the midseason as the Raptors and other teams start to warm up. Expect the Raptors to pick up the pace and head to these online sportsbooks to wager on them.
Signup offers are aplenty making it encouraging to sign up for more than one sportsbook. Read on what makes each site good and what each lacks to make an informed decision before depositing your money. One thing is for sure: if you do the research and bet wisely, you'll come out on top.
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