Toronto Raptors Betting
You will find the Toronto Raptors consistently one of the more underrated teams per their NBA odds from the BetUS sportsbook. Toronto has been known to overachieve and do better than their basketball futures indicate. Their NBA conference odds and NBA Championship odds suggest a team that is a longshot.
Toronto Raptors Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +8000
- Conference Odds: +4000
- Division Odds: +3300
The post-Kyle Lowry era is supposed to be a rocky one. Toronto missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. More notably, the team went under its projected win total of 42.5, winning 27 games in what was an injury-plagued season with no home court advantage.
Bettors are bullish on Toronto and have already steamed their regular season win totals at over 36.5. This is a franchise that has gone over its win totals for nine straight seasons prior to 2020-21. Now the team returns to Toronto and could once again beat its totals.
But to do so, the Raptors will need to play better on offense. Guard Fred VanVleet will need to continue ascending as a playmaker and a leader while all the new faces will need to acclimatize to coach Nick Nurse’s system. Toronto is a big but young team with a high upside. But as the saying goes, “it might get worse before it gets better.”
Raptors 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 38-44
- Conference Standing: 11th
- Division Standing:
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Toronto Raptors Team Leaders
VanVleet will be the heart and soul of the Raptors. The 6-foot-1 point guard is the smallest team member but the grittiest. His “bet-on-yourself” mentality has inspired players to put in their best effort every night. “Steady Freddy” posted 19.6 posts and 6.3 assists last season. If he continues to improve, he may just make his first All-Star appearance.
Speaking of All-Stars, Pascal Siakam will need to shake off the bad juju from the last two seasons. He led the Raptors in scoring for both seasons but has come under fire for his inability to play at a high level consistently, particularly with his iffy jump shot. Siakam has no shortage of motivation so he should bounce back. But he will need plenty of help outside of VanVleet.
Then there is the prized rookie, Scottie Barnes. The fourth overall pick came to Toronto as a surprise as most fans and pundits expected the Raptors to select Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs. Instead, Barnes has slowly won fans over thanks to his basketball smarts and leadership qualities. Even as one of the new Raptors, expect him to be a leader on the court.
It was a grueling season for the Raptors as they lost plenty of key players from 2019-20. They got off to a poor start, winning just one of their first six games. But true to their character, Toronto battled close to a .500 record by the All-Star break. Then that’s when things took a turn for the worse.
The Raptors would be ravaged by injuries and would win 10 games for the rest of the season to finish 12th in the Conference, their worst finish in the Masai Ujiri era. Toronto’s once dominant defense finished just 15th in the league while the offense struggled. Toronto finished 21st in the NBA in effective field goal percent.
Toronto also felt the absences of Marc Gasol and Ibaka as they had poor play at center for most of the season. The Raptors had the third-fewest rebounds and the third-most fouls. Toronto finished 31-40-1 against the spread (ATS), the fourth-worst spread record.
Goran Dragic, guard, Miami Heat
Precious Achiuwa, forward, Miami Heat
Sam Dekker, forward, Turk Telekom
Kyle Lowry, guard, Miami Heat
DeAndre’ Bembry, forward, Brooklyn Nets
Aron Baynes, center, free agent
Scottie Barnes, forward, Florida State
Dalano Banton, guard, Nebraska
David Johnson, guard, Louisville
Nick Nurse enters his fourth season as the Raptors’ head coach. In his rookie season with the team, he led them to a championship. In his sophomore season, he won Coach of the Year.
Now, Nurse is in the middle of a quasi rebuild for Toronto. Regardless of the expectations or makeup of his roster, Nurse will find a way to squeeze every bit of effort and talent from the team. Look out for Toronto to remain a relevant team regardless of what their record is.