In all honesty, appreciated the OP. Only 12 games against +.500 teams is crazy. I'm really interested in seeing if the Raps stay focused and keep developing good habits, or if they start to relax and play down to the competition. They need to be firing on all cylinders for the playoffs.
One advantage is maybe they can pace their minutes a bit and focus on staying healthy. Are they officially good enough to do that?
12 games remaining against teams over .500.
26 home, 22 away
leave their own timezone only 4 times
8 back-to-back sets (6 through first 34 games)
3 road games against +.600 teams (7 in first 34 games)
The schedule shapes up really nicely in a lot of ways. Still need to play the games, but I don't see .667 (32 and 16) being unrealistic.
Based on the Hollinger scale you linked, the raptors have 100% chance of making the playoffs and 13% chance of making the finals. We have more of a chance of making the finals than Miami and more of a chance of being the champs than Miami does.
You never know, and I think it's very unlikely, but teams can make an inspired playoff run and I think these guys just may have it in them
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the easy schedule seems easier since most of the eastern conference is below .500. What it doesn't tell us is how some of the Eastern conference teams are improving play and making pushes for the playoffs,.. they won't all continue to play sub .500 ball. Still, easier schedule regardless
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