Toronto Raptors Over/Under: 46.5 Wins
The defending NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors, are coming off of a celebratory summer after winning the franchise’s first-ever world championship. After winning 58 regular season games in the 2018-2019 season, Vegas is projecting that the Raptors will take a slight dip and has them winning just over 46 games this upcoming NBA season. Toronto has put up solid regular-season performances over the past four years, with an average of 56 regular season wins per year over that span of time, but much has changed in a short amount of time. After losing two major factors in their Finals run in the form of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the Raptors will need to be creative with their lineup as they develop their young talent.
The Departure of an MVP
Arguably one of the most anticipated free-agent moves this past summer was the departure of 2-time Finals-MVP, Kawhi Leonard, who opted for the Los Angeles Clippers after learning of their trade to acquire Paul George from Oklahoma City. Kawhi’s departure is sure to be the major factor behind the win-projection dip, with Vegas and others wondering what the future of this franchise will look like. Since Leonard’s move to LA, the defending NBA champions are now +3300 to defend their title in 2020, with their playoff odds still at a respectable -300 to make it for the seventh straight year. For Raptors fans, however, this is the norm as they entered the 2018-2019 season with +1850 odds to win the championship, only to prove the league wrong and go all the way. Nonetheless, Raptors fans will still have bittersweet feelings as they start their new season without their Finals-MVP.
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