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Sports Raptors trail 76ers, Celtics on odds to win Atlantic Division

15:36  17 october  2019
15:36  17 october  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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While the Raptors lag, the Philadelphia 76 ers lead the way as strong -160 chalk to win the Atlantic Division , well ahead of the Boston Celtics Further down the Atlantic Division odds at online sports betting sites the Nets closely follow Toronto with +650 odds , while the New York Knicks trail as

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With the start of the NBA season less than a week away the Toronto Raptors continue to lag on the odds to claim a third straight Atlantic Division title, where they sit third at +550 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Raptors have enjoyed a summer of celebration follow their first NBA championship win in franchise history, but after failing to fill the void left by the departure of Kawhi Leonard the club faces tempered expectations as they prepare to open their schedule next Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans at Scotiabank Arena.

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The Toronto Raptors have overtaken the Boston Celtics for the best odds to win the NBA's Atlantic Division . We examine Toronto's chances and compare the two teams thus Are the Celtics still the better bet? With all due respect to the Philadelphia 76 ers , it’s a two-horse race in the Atlantic Division .

Winners of 58 games last season, the Raptors enter the new campaign listed as a +105 wager to win UNDER 46.5 games this season, and also sit off the pace with +1100 odds of repeating as Eastern Conference champions.

While the Raptors lag, the Philadelphia 76ers lead the way as strong -160 chalk to win the Atlantic Division, well ahead of the Boston Celtics, who trail as +400 second favourites on those NBA odds.

The Sixers have re-emerged as playoff contenders over the past two seasons, ending a stretch of four straight losing seasons. The team enjoyed their best divisional finish in a decade last season, posting 51 wins to finish second to the Raptors, and took steps to bolster their lineup with the offseason addition of five-time All-Star power forward Al Horford.

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Odds to Win the Atlantic Division : Raptors Eclipse Celtics as New Favorites. Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Raptors as -260 faves to win their fifth division title in the last six seasons, followed by the Celtics at +410, the Philadelphia 76 ers at +420, the Brooklyn Nets at +25000 and the New

BetOnline recently released odds on which team will win each division in the NBA, and gave the Raptors shorter odds than the 76 ers in the Atlantic . Photo by Michal Kajzerek (Flickr) [CC License]. The Raptors have better odds than the Sixers to win the Atlantic Division after acquiring Kawhi

However, the 76ers’ success this season is likely to hinge on the continued development of point guard Ben Simmons, and centre Joel Embiid’s ability to stay healthy. Dogged by injuries since being selected third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, Embiid has not seen action in more than 64 games in three NBA seasons. The 25-year-old, though, reportedly slimmed down over the summer, showing up at training camp 20 pounds lighter.

With Kyrie Irving leaving town for Brooklyn over the summer, the Celtics made a splash by signing point guard Kemba Walker to a rich four-year contract valued at over $140 million. Walker is coming off a career year in his final season in Charlotte, averaging 25.6 points and 5.9 assists per game, and will likely need to duplicate that effort if Boston is to claim its first Atlantic Division title in three years.

Further down the Atlantic Division odds at online sports betting sites the Nets closely follow Toronto with +650 odds, while the New York Knicks trail as distant +15000 longshots. The addition of Irving should help Brooklyn improve on last season’s 42-40 record, but Kevin Durant’s long-term absence is likely to have an impact on the club’s fortunes this season.

Pascal Siakam’s new role as Raptors’ go-to guy comes with ups and downs .
Even as Pascal Siakam has gotten off to a quick start in averaging over 28 points per game to start the season for the Toronto Raptors there have been some rough patches along the way. The post Flames’ Lindholm still adjusting to spotlight ahead of Carolina return appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.The fate of the Toronto Raptors this season and beyond will depend on how efficiently Pascal Siakam can navigate the sometimes-choppy waters that lie between theory and practice.

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