The Toronto Raptors have battled their way to relevance throughout the NBA betting community these past few years. They now find themselves on the precipice of an elite tier of basketball clubs. In order to continue their ascent, they’ll need to beat other teams who’ve already been there.
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The Raptors will face Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls this Thursday. The game will give Toronto an opportunity to prove that their hot start is no fluke. A solid 2013-2014 season put the franchise on the map, but a pedestrian showing against No. 6 Brooklyn Nets cost them a chance to deal damage last postseason.
With DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry back in town leading the show, the former averaging 22.7 and the latter 17.9 points per game, Toronto is imposing from many angles. Their early 6-1 mark in the Atlantic Division is proof of that.
Still, despite the highly intriguing backcourt, successful previous season and relatively weak division, the Raptors are only 25/1 to win the NBA Championship. A big win over Central Division force Chicago (6/1 third favorite to win championship) will prove that the team is capable of taking the next step.