Toronto Raptors Betting and Team Guide
This Toronto Raptors team guide covers the franchise’s past and present. We share important facts and stats about the organization, but also keep an eye on the latest news and developments. Our main goal is to help you spot profitable Toronto Raptors betting opportunities, so you can take full advantage of them.
Toronto Raptors Betting in 2019-20
Let’s start with the latest Toronto Raptors betting options for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Latest Toronto Raptors Odds for 2019-20
Toronto Raptors to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+2000
Toronto Raptors to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference+800
Toronto Raptors to Win the 2020 NBA Atlantic Division+350
Toronto Raptors Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction:52-55 wins, win at least one round in the playoffs
- Current Pick: Win the Atlantic Division
- Last Updated: January 16th
Even though I like the 76ers at +175 to win the Atlantic Division, I’m also in favor of a wager on the Raptors at +350. If you lock both of these NBA futures bets in now, you’re home free with a secured profit so long as Boston doesn’t emerge.
Taking a stab on Toronto to win the East at +800 probably isn’t the worst idea in the world either. Remember, the Raptors roster is going to look a whole lot better when the playoff push arrives.
- Previous Toronto Raptors Predictions
- Prediction: A middle seed for the playoffs
- Pick: No recommended bets
The 76ers might be the favorites to win the Atlantic Division, but the fact that we can back the Raptors at +350 has “green-light special” written all over it. After winning the Most Improved POY award a season ago, one could argue that Pascal Siakam could win the same award again in 2020.
- Prediction: A middle seed for the playoffs
- Pick: No recommended bets
The Toronto Raptors might have lost their leader in Kawhi Leonard, but they still have loads of talent in the roster and the NBA Championship should boost the confidence of many of their guys. The franchise can rely on a good blend of youth and experience.
If you add the positive influence of head coach Nick Nurse and the strong defense of the team, it should be enough to see Raptors in the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. Not only that, the team could fight for a decent seed too.
Most bookmakers offer a line of around 46-47 wins for the regular season and I think this is about right. We might see more, but I don’t think that betting on that is a good idea, until we see how the Raptors cope without Kawhi.
The defending NBA champions will find it hard to compete once again. The driving force behind the success of this team was Kawhi Leonard and, now, he’s gone. The roster of the Canadian franchise is still strong enough to earn a place in the playoffs, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be a contender for the championship again.
Even the conference and division titles look a step too far for the Raptors at this point, so we don’t see any bets that provide good value.
Toronto Raptors News and Updates
January 16th, by Michael Wynn
Talk about a team that has been decimated with injuries, the Raptors don’t have a single player who has started each of their 40 games played thus far. Fortunately, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell all have returned within the last week.
Fred Vanvleet has been out the past four games nursing a hamstring injury, but Toronto expects to have him back in the next couple of days.
- Previous News and Updates
December 6th, by Michael Wynn
As dependable as Toronto’s roster is, I expect team president Masai Ujiri to be aggressive at the Trade Deadline. In order to feel confident going up against the likes of Milwaukee and Philadelphia, he’ll likely have to add another bonafide piece to the lineup.
Other than Siakam and Fred VanVleet, nobody I wouldn’t consider anybody else on the squad as indispensable.
October 10, by Jerry Summer
The first preseason game of the Raptors was solid, as the team registered a close loss against the Houston Rockets. It must be mentioned that the champions played without Kyle Lowry who’s among their best players on both ends of the court.
In his absence, the offense was run by VanVleet, Siakam, and Powell who all looked great. The Raptors might lack a bit of star power, but they have the depth and the quality to be one of the better teams in the East.
July 7, by Jerry Summer
The saga’s done, and the Toronto Raptors didn’t manage to keep Kawhi Leonard on the roster for the upcoming season. We all knew the star was thinking of leaving, and he chose to join the LA Clippers.
According to the rumors, the Raptors did their best to keep him, but Leonard’s mind was set on returning to his native Los Angeles. This is also the new home of Danny Green, as the free agent decided to join the Lakers. Green’s absence is another loss for the Raptors.
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The Toronto Raptors in 2019-20
Toronto Raptors Roster in 2019-20
Let’s start our analysis of the 2019-20 Toronto Raptors with the team roster.
- Kyle Lowry – Guard
- Fred VanVleet – Guard
- Cameron Payne – Guard
- Jordan Loyd – Guard
- Matt Thomas – Guard
- Lindell Wigginton – Guard
- Patrick McCaw – Guard
- Jodie Meeks – Guard
- Norman Powell – Forward
- OG Anunoby – Forward
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Forward
- Stanley Johnson – Forward
- Malcolm Miller – Forward
- Pascal Siakam – Forward
- Serge Ibaka – Forward
- Eric Moreland – Forward
- Chris Boucher – Forward
- Terence Davis – Forward
- Dewan Hernandez – Forward
- Marc Gasol – Center
- Tryggvi Hlinason – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
Here’s the Toronto Raptors lineup we expect to see on the court the most often in the 2019-20 season.
- Kyle Lowry Point – Guard
- Norman Powell Shooting – Guard
- OG Anunoby Small – Forward
- Pascal Siakam Power – Forward
- Marc Gasol – Center
The biggest question regarding the starting lineup is the small forward position. In the absence of Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby seems the most likely candidate for that role. He’s an athletic young forward with loads of potential, and he can provide on both ends of the court.
Pascal Siakam, last season’s most improved player, and Kyle Lowry are expected to bring in a lot of points and also lead the defense. Veteran center Mark Gasol is useful in pretty much everything, but he might be on the decline considering his age.
Finally, the starting lineup is completed by Norman Powell, who can do a little bit of everything. Unfortunately, he’s not particularly good at one thing.
In a way, that last sentence could be used to describe the whole starting lineup. The team is decent, but hardly good enough to compete for the highest NBA honors.
Depth and Bench
One of the strong sides of the Toronto Raptors last year was the bench. There are two guys that are especially useful in Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka. Both provide a huge boost from the bench, although the center is a bit streaky in his performances.
Other team members that are expected to play include Patrick McCaw, Cameron Payne, Jodie Meeks, and Stanley Johnson. While none of them will set the world on fire, each player contributes to the second unit and adds depth to the Raptors roster.
The overall impression is that the bench has both the quality and the numbers.
Toronto Raptors Staff in 2019-20
After exploring the guys on the court, it’s time to look at the rest of the key personnel.
- Head Coach: Nick Nurse
- Coaching Staff: Patrick Mutombo (Asst. Coach), Jim Sann (Asst. Coach), Eric Khoury (Asst. Coach), Nate Bjorkgren (Asst. Coach), Jeremy Castleberry (Asst. Coach), Alex McKechnie (Asst. Coach), Sergio Scariolo (Asst. Coach), Adrian Griffin (Asst. Coach) Scott McCullough (Trainer)
- Ownership: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
- General Manager: Bobby Webster
Nick Nurse was the assistant of former head coach Dwane Casey. When he was fired in 2019, Nurse took the role and led the Raptors to their only NBA Championship to date. He is known for building fluid offensive systems that rely on a lot of ball movement and shooting from the outside.
The hard work is just starting, though, as Nurse won’t have Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in his second season at the helm.
Toronto Raptors Schedule in 2019-20
The schedule certainly impacts the performance of each team throughout the NBA season. Once we know the dates of the Raptors games, we’ll share them here and try to find situations that might be interesting from a betting perspective.
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Toronto Raptors Overview and Key Info
The Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies joined the NBA in 1995 to facilitate the league’s expansion into Canada, but the Raptors are the last one standing.
Canada’s only NBA team, since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001, has set attendance and season ticket sales records for several years. Their loyal fans were finally rewarded with an NBA title in the 2018-19 season.
Since their inaugural campaign in the ‘90s, the Raptors have featured the talents of players like Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMar DeRozan. After only five playoff appearances in the team’s first 18 years, the Raptors have been on a six-season streak from 2013-19, with two first-round wins and one conference semifinals win, before going all the way in 2019.
Let’s take a look at the most important information about the Toronto Raptors as an organization.
Toronto Raptors – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since 1995
- Eastern Conference – Atlantic
- Scotiabank Arena
- G League Team
- Raptors 905
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.4 billion
Toronto Raptors History
The Toronto Raptors along with the Memphis Grizzlies are the two second-youngest franchises, next to the Charlotte Bobcats, who joined the NBA in 2004.
The Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies were established in 1995 to accommodate the NBA’s expansion into Canada. The Grizzlies, however, moved to Memphis in 2001, leaving Toronto with the only current franchise.
The Raptors name resulted from a nationwide contest and was inspired by the book and film adaptation of Jurassic Park.
For the first four seasons, the Raptors shared quarters with the Toronto Blue Jays at the SkyDome. But in 1999, their brand-new Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena) was unveiled for the Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Playoffs and Leaders
The Toronto Raptors didn’t achieve much in their first two decades in the NBA, but the last six seasons have been a different story. The team earned division titles in five of them, reached the finals of the conference, and even lifted the NBA Championship in 2018-19 under head coach Nick Nurse.
The main man of this team was Kawhi Leonard who only joined for one season before leaving for the LA Clippers. Many were skeptical about his arrival in Canada, but the Klaw brought the Raptors a maiden title.
As the Raptors are a young franchise, they don’t have as many Hall of Famers as most of their competitors.
Both Hakeem Olajuwon (2001-2002) and Tracy McGrady (1997-2000) are Raptor players who were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Lenny Wilkens was elected in 1998 as a coach then held the head coaching position in Toronto after that from 2000-2003.
Toronto Raptors Championships and Playoffs
- 1 NBA Championship: 2019
- 1 Conference Title: 2019
- 6 Division Titles: 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2007
Home Court – Scotiabank Arena
- Inaugurated: 1999
- Renovated: 2003, 2015
- Capacity: 19,800
- Former Names: Air Canada Centre
For the first four Toronto Raptors seasons, the team shared space with Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome (Rogers Centre). After construction started in 1997, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of the Raptors and Maple Leafs, purchased the arena and modified the original plans.
The former Air Canada Centre was built on the side of a Canada Post Delivery Building, and it’s connected to Toronto’s underground PATH transportation system.
Scotiabank Arena has luxury suites that can be accessed from the ground floor. It also has a scoreboard that’s split into multiple sections to allow rotating sponsor advertising. It’s the busiest and most photographed arena in Canada.
- Venue Address: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2 Canada
- Mailing Address: Toronto Raptors, c/o Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street, Suite 500, Toronto, Ontario M5J2X2 Canada
- Phone: 416-815-5982
Toronto Raptors Head Coaches
There have been nine Toronto Raptors head coaches hired since 1995. While none of them can, as yet, claim a championship, both Sam Mitchell and Dwane Casey were named NBA Coach of the Year for one season each in Toronto.
Sam Mitchell led the 2006-2007 team to a first-place finish in the Atlantic division after four seasons of no playoff activity. The Raptors finished the regular season at 47-35 but then lost to the Nets in the first round.
Dwane Casey’s first two seasons were fourth-place finishes. But things changed in 2013. The Raptors finished first for three consecutive seasons, were second in 2016-17, and back at the top again in 2017-18. During Casey’s last three years in Toronto, the Raptors recorded two first-round wins and a conference semifinals win against the Heat in 2015-16.
Casey currently holds the franchise record for highest winning percentage (.573) and 320 wins.
Lenny Wilkens was at the helm for the Raptors from 2000-2003 and is a Hall of Fame inductee as both a player and a coach. He’s one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.
|Toronto Raptors Head Coaches|
|9 || 2018 – ||Nick Nurse||58-24||.707|| 16-8 || .667||2019|
Nick Nurse has coached since 1989. Most recently, he spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach with the Raptors before taking the top spot for the 2018-19 season. Under Dwane Casey, Nurse was in charge of the offense that helped the Toronto team win a franchise-record 59 games in 2017-18.
With the addition of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the Toronto Raptors managed to win the NBA title in Nurse’s debut season.
Toronto Raptors Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||Nick Nurse ||1st||58-24||.707 ||Champions||Kawhi Leonard (26.6)|
|2017-18||Dwane Casey||1st||59-23||.720||Lost Conf. Semifinals||DeMar DeRozan (22.7)|
|2016-17||Dwane Casey||2nd||51-31||.622||Lost Conf. Semifinals||DeMar DeRozan (22.4)|
|2015-16||Dwane Casey||1st||56-26||.683||Lost Conf. Finals||DeMar DeRozan (20.9)|
|2014-15||Dwane Casey||1st||49-33||.598||Lost First Round||DeMar DeRozan (20.1)|
Toronto Raptors All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game || Kawhi Leonard||26.6|| 2018-2019|
DeMar DeRozan has been a consistent point leader for the Raptors, with the highest average per game season after season. The shooting guard is also the franchise’s all-time points leader with 13,296 in nine seasons from 2009-2018. DeRozan was Toronto’s round-one pick (9th overall) in the 2009 NBA draft out of USC where he spent one season with the Trojans as a First-Team Parade All-American, McDonald’s All-American, Pac-10 tournament MVP, and Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
He’s a four-time NBA All-Star and 2018 All-NBA Second Team pick, as well as the NBA’s All-Star Rising Star for 2011. DeMar has represented the US in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Despite DeRozan being a fan favorite in Toronto, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2018.
Before moving on to six other NBA teams, Vince Carter spent his first professional years on the court with the Raptors from 1998-2004. The Golden State Warriors selected Carter in 1998 as their first-round, 5th overall pick in the NBA draft out of the University of North Carolina.
Vince was immediately traded to Toronto, though, where he was named the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First Team. Carter was an NBA All-Star every year from 2000-2007 and All-NBA Second Team in 2001.
The shooting guard and small forward was traded to the Nets in 2004 and has played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, and Memphis. In 2017-18, he signed with the Sacramento Kings and was named the Most Influential Veteran by the NBA Players Association.
José Calderon is from Spain where he played professionally from 1998 until signing with the Toronto Raptors in 2005. In his home country, he was the 2004 Spanish King’s Cup winner. He was also on the All-Spanish League Team in 2005, which is the top-tier league.
Calderon represented Spain in three Olympic games in 2008, ‘12, and ‘16 as well as the 2006 FIBA World Cup in Japan. While he started out his rookie NBA season a bit shaky, he picked up speed and finished with 11 starts and 64 games, averaging 5.5 points, 4.5 assists, and a 2.85 assist-per-turnover ratio.
Calderon was on the Raptors roster from 2005 through 2013 and is the franchise’s all-time career leader in assists with 3,770. He’s currently a member of the Detroit Pistons, 20 professional seasons into his career.
Power forward and center Chris Bosh has spent 14 seasons in the NBA, making his start in 2003 with the Toronto Raptors. Bosh was Toronto’s first-round pick in 2003 after he spent one season at Georgia Tech and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
In 2004, Chris was an NBA All-Rookie First Team and an All-NBA Second Team in 2007. For 11 straight seasons (2006-2016), he was on the NBA All-Star team, and in 2008, he was on the US’s Olympic Team at the games in Beijing. Bosh was Toronto’s first player to reach 10,000 points.
In addition to holding the franchise’s top spot for rebounds with 4,776, he’s also the all-time leader in rebounds per game, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, blocks, free throws made, and double-doubles. Bosh played for the Raptors through the 2010 season and then spent the 2010-17 seasons with the Miami Heat.
In 2013, multi-platinum rapper and singer Drake was named the Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador.
Not only were the Raptors named as an homage to the book and film Jurassic Park, but Maple Leafs Square is also now referred to as Jurassic Park and accommodates enormous crowds during Raptors playoff games.
Jay Triano, the Raptors’ interim head coach from 2009-2011, is the first Canadian coach in the history of the NBA.
The Raptors (through Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) launched Raptors NBA TV, which is now the Canadian version of NBA TV. It features repeat telecasts of previous games as well as commentary and analysis on the team as well as the league.
While the Raptors television coverage is not rated nearly as high as most of the other Toronto-based professional teams, attendance at the games is record-setting. Toronto set NBA attendance records in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2007-08, the Raptors were one of the top NBA teams for season ticket sales.