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NBA 2021-22 November Picks: Bet the Raptors Road Trip
With 15 games in the books, we look at what the Toronto Raptors have done so far. As most expected, Toronto is struggling with a 7-8 record and has alternated between being a frustrating team to a promising one. We break down the Raptors’ 2021-22 NBA season so far and pick their next three games.
The Raptors opened the 2021-22 NBA season at 50-1 to win the NBA Championship per the NBA basketball betting odds. They have since seen their odds grow longer (per the odds below) thanks to a losing record one month into the season. Toronto remains a longshot but the team has shown plenty of signs that it can be a contender in the future.
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Toronto Raptors Odds: An Update on The “New” Squad
It has been anything but a smooth ride for coach Nick Nurse and the Raptors. The team opened to a blowout loss against the Washington Wizards but beat them again in the rematch. Toronto has also destroyed Boston then had the favour returned.
The Raptors have not been predictable at all for this season, having a 5-5 record as an underdog but only 2-3 as a favourite and are 6-9 record against the spread (ATS). Toronto has had a tough opening schedule as ten of their 15 games have been against teams with a record of .500 or better.
The team is young and it explains why it struggles on the defensive end, being ranked 19th overall. But on offence, Toronto is ranked eighth and has scored over 100 points in 11 of its 15 games. Forward OG Anunoby has taken the next step to his development by leading the team in scoring with 20.1 points a game.
Point guard Fred VanVleet is also making a strong case to be an All-Star, averaging 19.4 points and 7.1 assists (career-high), and 1.6 steals. Prized rookie Scottie Barnes is also proving the naysayers wrong by leading all rookies with 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Toronto has had some injuries, namely to Pascal Siakam who has missed 11 games and is slowly just re-entering the rotation. With him back, the team should have an improved offence. The defence will come as the young players gain experience.
But if Toronto is to contend for a playoff spot, it will need the likes of Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn to play better. Toronto is still deep into its developmental stage. But there is no reason to think that this team cannot, at least, grab a spot in the play-in.
The Next Raptors Games: Road Trip
Toronto is currently in the middle of a six-game road trip, which has started off slowly with a loss to the Trail Blazers. But overall, Toronto is 5-2 on the road on both the moneyline and the point spread. The Toronto Raptors have betting odds that put them as underdogs. But if they continue being a great road team, they may just be a lucrative bet.
Toronto Raptors at Utah Jazz (9-5) (Thu, Nov. 18)
Toronto heads to Salt Lake City as a nine-point underdog (5.00 straight-up). This is a hefty price the sportsbooks are placing on Utah. But the Jazz, the team with the best regular-season record last season, is 5-2 at home. The Raptors have played well in the Vivint Arena, however, having covered their last five spreads here.
Utah owns the second-best net rating in the NBA and are a prolific three-point shooting team. As great as Toronto has been in Utah, the streak may end as the Jazz could put a beat down here. SBR’s Pick – Utah Jazz (-9 (1.87)).
Toronto Raptors at Sacramento Kings (6-8) (Fri, Nov. 19)
The Kings are quite similar to the Raptors in that they are a young team that is great on offence but poor on defence. The difference is that this team has been a losing team for 15 seasons. Star player DeAaron Fox is struggling and Sacramento is just 2-4 at home.
This will be a solid opportunity for Toronto to get their first win in this road trip and they should be slight favourites. The Raptors have won their last four games in Golden 1 Center, not having lost since the 2016-17 season. SBR’s Pick – Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors (12-2) (Sun, Nov. 21)
Like their game against Utah, expect the Raptors to be sizable underdogs against the league’s top team: the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry is once again playing like an MVP frontrunner and the Warriors have their best start since the 2016-17 season where they set an NBA record with 73 wins in the regular season.
The Raptors have won five of their last six games at the Chase Center. But Golden State has only lost here once this season and Toronto only has three players remaining from the core that kicked the Warriors’ asses for the past seasons. SBR’s Pick – Golden State Warriors.
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