On February 7th, 2019, Masai Ujiri made the decision to trade for former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol. The package to get the veteran Spaniard involved talented young big man Jonas Valanciunas, solid defensive guard Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second round pick. The move was risky, not only did Gasol have to develop chemistry with the rest of the roster quickly, but there was a genuine debate whether he, at the age of 34, could stay on the floor at the highest of levels.
Toronto is currently 16-8 overall and sports a league average offense and a top-5 defense. After losing the reigning Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard and also one of the best 3-and-D players in the league in Danny Green, expectations for the 2019-20 Raptors weren’t very high. There were valid questions about how the offense would operate without a surefire go-to player, but Pascal Siakam (who I will discuss in part two) has alleviated those concerns.
The NBA season is finally back. It was a very eventful offseason; we saw superstars change teams, LaVar Ball come out of hiding, and Boban Marjanovic become a movie star. This will begin my series of sharing my bets I like, once or twice a week. Today we will be looking at the first two days of the NBA regular season. Enough chit-chat. Let’s talk money.
Are you a degenerate gambler but just a casual NBA fan? Do you refuse to let yourself bet on the preseason NBA games where you have no idea how many minutes the starters will actually play? Well, you have come to the right place. This is the start of my series of previewing every team in the NBA compared to their Vegas over/under win total bets.