Toronto Raptors: 2020 NBA Restart Prediction and Picks

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The Toronto Raptors will be looking to restart their momentum heading down the stretch.  The Raptors sit at (46-18), which is atop the Atlantic.  The Raptors are collecting 113 points per contest, while allowing 106.5 per contest. Toronto is allowing the fewest points per contest thus far.  The Raptors have been led by Pascal Siakam.  Let’s take a closer look at the Raptors roster, upcoming schedule, and postseason odds. 

Roster Breakdown:  Siakam is leading the way for Toronto, as he is collecting almost 24 points per game, while also grabbing 7.5 boards per contest. Kyle Lowry has started all 52 games that he has played in, averaging 19.7 points and 7.7 assists per contest.  Fred VanVleet has been just as important as Siakam and Lowry, as the former Wichita State product is totaling 17.6 points and 6.6 assists.  VanVleet is knocking down almost 39 percent of his 3-point attempts.  The Raptors have one of the most balanced offenses, as Toronto has 5 players recording more than 16 points per contest.  Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka are the other two collecting at least 16 points per game. 

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Remaining Schedule: vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic. 

Help or Hurt: The Raptors were on a 4 game win streak when the break happened, but this long break still plays to the Raptors favor.  Why?  Toronto, who is the defending champions, were not able to have as long of an offseason as other NBA organizations.  While the Raptors got off to a great start this year, there was always that possibility of running out of gas down the stretch. However, with this long break, this gave the Raptors some extended rest to give the players that were on the championship team last year.  

Odds: The Raptors have odds of +800 to win the Eastern Conference Finals and +2400 odds to win the NBA Finals Championship.  There are currently 5 teams that have been given better odds to win the championship.  The Raptors don’t have an easy schedule once play resumes, but unless Toronto completely collapses, the Raptors should find themselves with a good seed in the Eastern Conference. With the Raptors having the best defense right now, look for Toronto to try and wear out opponents and win a few low scoring contests down the stretch.   

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