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Tips For Betting On Toronto Raptors – Raptors Remain Optimistic About Solid Young Core

Posted by Craig Parsons on 11/4/2012 5:34:20 PM

The Toronto Raptors enter this season without a ton of expectation, but that hasn’t taken away from the optimism around this team. With several new faces including 2011 first round draft pick Jonas Valanciunas and free agent Kyle Lowry, the Raptors feel they aren’t very far away from contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern conference once again. The last few years have been very tough on the Toronto franchise and its sports betting fans, but with the right head coach for the job in Dwane Casey, a strong young roster with tons of potential, and a commitment to improvement throughout the organization, it may not be long before the Raptors are playing playoff basketball once again.

It didn’t take long for Toronto to give an idea of what to expect this season, as nearly taking out one of the top-three teams from last season in the Eastern conference on opening night was enough to get fans excited. Valanciunas wasted little time filling up the stat sheet despite admittedly being nervous, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his first-career double double. A force at both ends of the floor, Valanciunas held his own against one of the better centers in the conference in Roy Hibbert, a good sign considering it was only his first NBA game. As for Lowry, a team-high 21 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds was a statement in his Raptors’ debut. It’s hard to ignore those numbers when they come from a player that is playing his first game for a new franchise, and Lowry looked poised, confident, and under control throughout the game. The end result wasn’t what Toronto wanted as they lost by two, but there were a lot of positives that the team could take from the game.

The one area that the Raptors will need to address going forward is their secondary scoring, as outside of Valanciunas, Lowry, and Andrea Bargnani there just wasn’t enough. Demar DeRozan managed just 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting, and Jose Calderon had 15 off of the bench, but the percentages just weren’t there. Add to that the fact that Landry Fields was held without a point despite 24 minutes of playing time and six field goal attempts, while Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, and Aaron Gray compiled 14 points off the bench, and it is easy to understand why Toronto couldn’t finish off a game that they led most of the way. Finishing strong will be an issue for the Raptors this  online betting season, and they will need more from their secondary scoring.

The majority of online sportsbook sites predicted that Toronto would not be a playoff team this season, and while they may not have what it takes to contend, there is every reason to be optimistic about what they have on the floor. The Raptors have spent the past couple of years rebuilding to the point where they can be legitimate contenders in the Eastern conference, and judging by their performance in the season opener, they aren’t that far away anymore.

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