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Raptors Expected to Regress Next Season, Oddsmakers Say

The Toronto Raptors have been given a win total of 45.5 for next season, suggesting the team may take a step back next year, oddsmakers say
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The Toronto Raptors have spent the better part of the last decade proving the doubters wrong.

Every year Vegas oddsmakers will set a line for Toronto's total wins, usually somewhere between the low-40s to low-50s, and almost every year the Raptors have gone over that number. Save for the 'Tampa Tank' season in 2020-21, Toronto has eclipsed its pre-season win total every season since 2011-12. At this point, it's become a tradition.

As things sit with just over a month to go before training camp, Toronto's win total for the 2022-23 season is 45.5 at most sportsbooks with the odds leaning in favor of the Raptors going over that number. At DraftKings, for example, Toronto is -120 to go over 45.5, conveying a 54% chance the Raptors top that total.

That number, however, suggests sportsbooks are thinking Toronto may regress next season. The Raptors won 48 games last year while battling injuries, a COVID-19 outbreak, and the toughest pandemic restrictions of any NBA city. The organization was forced to play without fans for large swaths of the season and began the year without its All-NBA forward, Pascal Siakam.

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In the East, that 45.5 total is the sixth highest, behind the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Atlanta Hawks, respectively. The Brooklyn Nets may end up with a higher win total, though they remain unlisted while the Kevin Durant situation lingers.

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