Finally, something fresh to talk about, without Arsenalist needing to dig deep into the nether regions. IF there is a season, than this is how the year will play out:

Raptors Schedule – Rest Analysis

  • 4 games in 5 nights; one day rest between back-to-backs: 2 times
  • 3 games in 4 nights; 2nd night of a back-to-back: 9 times
  • Back-to-backs; 17 times
  • Back-to-backs; 2nd night on the road: 15 times
  • 3 games in 4 nights; rested the day before: 14 times
  • 1 day of rest: 33 times
  • 2 days of rest: 14 times
  • 3 days of rest: 4 days

Opponents Schedule against Raptors – Rest Analysis

  • 4 games in 5 nights; play Raptors on 2nd night of back-to-back with one day rest between back-to-backs: 0 times
  • 3 games in 4 nights; play Raptors on 2nd night of a back-to-back; 13 times
  • Play Raptors on 2nd night of a back-to-back: 22 times
  • Back-to-backs; play Raptors on 2nd night at ACC: 13 times
  • 3 games in 4 nights; play Raptors after 1 day off: 8 times
  • Play Raptors after 1 day of rest: 39 times
  • Play Raptors after 2 days of rest: 6 times
  • Play Raptors after 3 days of rest: 7 times

December always seems to be the killer month for the Raptors; it even unfairly cost Smitch his job, and surprisingly spared Triano his. Quick recap from last few years:

  • 2010-2011; 5-10
  • 2009-2010; 9-6 (Bosh’s last season)
  • 2008-2009; 4-12 (Smitch lost his job after losing to Denver 132-93)

This year, it looks as bad as any I can remember. While there isn’t a killer road-trip to look forward too, the Raptors only play 5 teams who look to be sub .500 based on nothing but my gut feeling (Bobcats are .500 next season if you ask me). I’m thinking they go 4-12 (beating the Nets, Warriors, Pistons and Cavs); 5-11 if they can sneak a win against the Kings on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, something they haven’t done since Dec 4/5 2009 when they beat the Wizards then Bulls.

The killer part of the schedule doesn’t happen until January 16th when the Raptors play 9 of 12 games on the road against the: Hawks, 76ers, Clippers, Suns, Jazz, Nuggets, Boston, Heat, and Hawks again; with home games against the Hawks, Magic and the Wizards sandwiched between.

I’m just happy there aren’t any Thursday night games. I have Greys Anatomy, and between: Meredith and Shepherd looking like they could be splitsville: the fact that Teddy and Henry seem to actually being in love; I could do without Lexie (little Grey), don’t see what Mark sees in her; and Cristina wearing on my last nerve, how he eff can one person be so flaky, I don’t want to have to decide to watch Raps or Greys, and now I don’t have too :)

Here’s the full schedule for the ones who missed it:

November Opponent
Wed 02 vs Philadelphia
Fri 04 @ Cleveland
Sat 05 @ Minnesota
Mon 07 vs Dallas
Wed 09 vs LA Clippers
Sat 12 @ Memphis
Sun 13 @ Oklahoma City
Wed 16 vs Phoenix
Fri 18 vs Milwaukee
Wed 23 @ Boston
Fri 25 @ Miami
Sat 26 @ Orlando
Tue 29 vs Boston
Wed 30 @ Milwaukee
December Opponent
Fri 02 vs Miami
Sun 04 vs New York
Mon 05 @ New Jersey
Wed 07 vs Oklahoma City
Sat 10 @ Golden State
Sun 11 @ Sacramento
Tue 13 @ LA Lakers
Wed 14 @ Portland
Fri 16 vs Charlotte
Sun 18 vs New Orleans
Wed 21 vs Detroit
Fri 23 vs Memphis
Mon 26 @ Cleveland
Wed 28 vs Indiana
Fri 30 @ Dallas
Sat 31 @ San Antonio
January Opponent
Mon 02 @ New York
Wed 04 vs Cleveland
Fri 06 vs New Jersey
Sun 08 @ Washington
Wed 11 vs Sacramento
Fri 13 vs Indiana
Mon 16 @ Atlanta
Wed 18 @ Philadelphia
Fri 20 vs Atlanta
Sun 22 @ LA Clippers
Tue 24 @ Phoenix
Wed 25 @ Utah
Fri 27 @ Denver
Tue 31 vs Orlando
February Opponent
Wed 01 @ Boston
Fri 03 vs Washington
Sun 05 @ Miami
Mon 06 @ Atlanta
Wed 08 vs Milwaukee
Fri 10 vs San Antonio
Sun 12 vs LA Lakers
Tue 14 @ Chicago
Fri 17 vs Charlotte
Sun 19 @ Detroit
Wed 22 vs Cleveland
Tue 28 @ Houston
Wed 29 @ New Orleans
March Opponent
Fri 02 vs New York
Sun 04 vs Golden State
Tue 06 @ Detroit
Wed 07 vs Houston
Fri 09 @ Charlotte
Sun 11 vs Portland
Tue 13 @ Orlando
Wed 14 @ New Jersey
Sat 17 @ Chicago
Tue 20 @ New York
Wed 21 vs Boston
Fri 23 vs Chicago
Sun 25 vs Utah
Wed 28 vs Orlando
Fri 30 vs Denver
April Opponent
Sun 01 vs Washington
Tue 03 vs Minnesota
Wed 04 @ Philadelphia
Fri 06 vs Chicago
Sat 07 @ Milwaukee
Mon 09 @ Indiana
Wed 11 vs Philadelphia
Fri 13 vs New Jersey
Mon 16 vs Atlanta
Wed 18 @ Washington

I’ll save the meaningless game-by-game prediction of wins and losses for when there is actual activity, and we know what each team will look like. However, and I’m just putting this out there, I’m thinking 28-30 wins, give or take 2 games, depending on what happens once the millionaires and billionaires come to terms.