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Odds Outlook: Raptors are Right Where They Should Be in the Playoffs

Here’s a look at what sports books are expecting to see out of the 2017 Raps in the playoffs

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

It’s playoff time in Toronto. Getcha popcorn ready.

If you’re someone who likes to occasionally sprinkle some money on basketball like me, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be providing odds updates on the Raptors’ (hopefully lengthy) playoff run to help you put some extra cash in your pocket. Gamble responsibly, folks. Don’t be a dummy.

When it comes to championship futures, the Raps have the sixth-best odds to go all the way at Bovada. The book has the Raps’ chances at +3000, with Golden State (-175), Cleveland (+350), San Antonio (+600), Houston (+1600) and Boston (+1600) ahead of them. That’s right about where I’d expect them to be, and unlike years past, they haven’t been disrespected in this regard.

For Eastern Conference futures, the Dinos are tied with the Washington Wizards at +900. Cleveland (-275) and Boston (+425) lead the way in oddsmakers’ eyes, but Atlanta (+5000), Milwaukee (+5000), Indiana (+6600) and Chicago (+6600) are way back of the pack.

As for their first-round series with Milwaukee, the Raptors are heavy -400 favourites with the Bucks tabbed as big +300 underdogs. That’s not very surprising considering the playoff-tested Raps are coming off a run to the Eastern Conference Finals and the young Bucks are a team that’s shaping up to be a serious contender in the future but will likely be in tough to make a push right now. As much as I love Toronto, their rocky postseason history makes it simply too risky to wager $100 to win a meagre $40 in my eyes.

For the series-opener on Saturday, Bovada opened the Raps as 7-point home favourites with an over/under of 201. If you’re a fan of this team you already know this, but the Raptors franchise has been downright brutal in Game 1s. Since their first playoff appearance in 2000, Toronto has won only one Game 1 while losing 10. When it comes to covering the spread, they’ve done so just twice in that span. Woof.

Here’s a look at the shop’s full list of NBA title, Eastern and Western Conference futures:

NBA championship futures

Golden State Warriors -175
Cleveland Cavaliers +350
San Antonio Spurs +600
Houston Rockets +1600
Boston Celtics +1600
Toronto Raptors +3300
Washington Wizards +4000
Los Angeles Clippers +4000
Utah Jazz +10000
Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
Memphis Grizzlies +15000
Atlanta Hawks +25000
Milwaukee Bucks +25000
Indiana Pacers +25000
Chicago Bulls +25000
Portland Trail Blazers +30000

Eastern Conference futures

Cleveland Cavaliers -275
Boston Celtics +425
Washington Wizards +900
Toronto Raptors +900
Atlanta Hawks +5000
Milwaukee Bucks +5000
Indiana Pacers +6600
Chicago Bulls +6600

Western Conference futures

Golden State Warriors -250
San Antonio Spurs +300
Houston Rockets +750
Los Angeles Clippers +2500
Utah Jazz +3300
Oklahoma City Thunder +4000
Memphis Grizzlies +6600
Portland Trail Blazers +10000