Toronto Raptors Best Bets For Hectic Schedule

Toronto Raptors Best Bets For Hectic Schedule

The Toronto Raptors will have ample opportunity to rebound from Wednesday night’s 98-83 season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards when they kick off a stretch of three games in four days on Friday. The Raptors face a struggling divisional rival when they visit the Boston Celtics on Friday, before returning home for a Saturday night date with the Dallas Mavericks at Scotiabank Arena. The club closes out their busy weekend on Monday when they welcome the Dallas Mavericks to town.

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Raptors Point Spreads - Week 2Sports InteractionBet99BodogBetway
Friday October 22
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Saturday October 23
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Monday October 25
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Raptors Stumble in Return to Scotiabank Arena

The Toronto Raptors received a warm welcome from a packed house at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday when they hit the hardwood for their first true home game in 19 months. However, the Raptors came well short of rewarding their fans for their loyalty while tallying a 98-83 Opening Night loss to Washington while pegged as 2.5-point favourites.

While the team fell well short of earning their first victory of the new season, there were plenty of reasons for optimism. Most notable among those was the play of Scottie Barnes in his NBA debut. After enthusiastically soaking in the buzz while being introduced to loud cheers during pre-game ceremonies, the Raptors’ top pick, and fourth overall, in the 2021 NBA Draft enjoyed a memorable start to his career.

In addition to leading the team with 12 points, including a silky smooth skyhook that brought the crowd out of their seats, Barnes also added nine rebounds. That performance should help further boost Barnes’ odds of claiming NBA Rookie of the Year honours at Betsafe, which are currently pegged at an attractive 11.00.

While the future may look bright for the Raptors, already low expectations will no be helped by Wednesday’s loss. Toronto already sits at the bottom of the odds to win the Atlantic Division at Betsafe as 41.00 longshots, and have seen their NBA championship odds at Sports Interaction dip to 86.30 in the wake of their loss to the Wizards.

Celtics Home Opener a Daunting Matchup

Things get no easier for the Raptors when they open their road schedule on Friday against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics saw the swoon that marked the end of last season carry over into their first outing of the new campaign, dropping a 138-134 road decision to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Overall, the Celtics have now fallen to defeat in 13 of 20 overall outings since mid-April, a run that features a middling 4-5 SU record on their home court at TD Garden. That slide has also fueled tempered expectations on the NBA futures at Bet99, where Boston sits well off the pace as a lengthy 35.00 bet to claim their first NBA championship since 2008. However, the Celtics have dominated Toronto in recent meetings, winning all three of their matchups last season, and eight of 10 overall since 2018 including five of six home clashes.

The Celtics are also looking increasingly likely to have Al Horford back in the lineup on Friday after he missed Wednesday’s opener while adhering to COVID-19 protocols, as well as Josh Richardson, who has been sidelined by migraines. Considering the Celtics’ recent success in home openers, posting three straight wins, they are well-positioned to extend that streak against Toronto on Friday night.

Can Raptors Slow Down Doncic?

Fresh off their first divisional title win last season, the Mavericks will be eager to take the next step this time around. Listed as a 29.00 NBA championship bet at Bet99, the Mavericks kick off their schedule with a visit to Atlanta on Thursday as an attractive 2.20 underdogs at Betsafe.

Indeed, Dallas was one of the NBA’s top road teams last season while racking up a 21-15 record. The Raptors should expect to face a challenge in their bid to contain Luka Doncic when the Mavericks visit on Saturday. The two-time NBA All-Star was key to the Mavericks’ success last season, racking up 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game, and returns to action as a 5.00 favourite on the odds to be named NBA MVP at Betsafe. However, it is the Raptors, who have held the upper hand in recent dates with the Mavs, winning SU in nine of their past 12, including six straight wins on home court.

Raptors Dominant in Home Dates with Bulls

Monday night will mark the return to Toronto of former Raptor Demar Derozan as the Chicago Bulls come to town. Derozan landed in Chicago during the offseason as part of a sign-and-trade deal after spending the past three seasons in San Antonio. The 32-year-old had an immediate impact in his Windy City debut, draining 17 points and adding eight rebounds in the Bulls’ 94-88 win in Detroit on Wednesday night.

That’s good news for the Bulls, who have enjoyed regular success in recent dates with Toronto. Chicago has posted SU and ATS wins in each of its past three clashes with the Raptors but has not recorded a win at Scotiabank Arena in seven visits since 2016.