Raptors 2015-16 Schedule: Top Games, Championship Odds and Record Predictions

August 12th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

The Toronto Raptors have made the playoffs the past two seasons and won back-to-back Atlantic Division titles. Barring a big leap forward this upcoming season, Toronto can't be considered a legitimate threat to come out of the Eastern Conference. 

Wednesday marked the release of the Raptors' 2015-16 schedule, which can be viewed in full at NBA.com. Odds Shark has Toronto's championship odds long at 50-1, feeding the notion this squad isn't ready to threaten for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

One major offseason addition came in the form of former Atlanta Hawks swingman DeMarre Carroll. Not only did it weaken the East's reigning regular-season champion, but it also helps the Raptors immensely on defense.

Toronto ranked fourth in scoring despite having the 11th-slowest pace in the Association in 2014-15, per NBA.com, providing an idea of how well the Raptors execute in the half court. It's not as though the team plays an uptempo style that lends itself to getting beat on defense, yet Toronto was 23rd in defensive rating.

The adage of defense winning championships is something coach Dwane Casey's bunc ...

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