Are the Toronto Raptors Getting Respect from Las Vegas?

The narrative has been that the Raptors don't get enough respect from US media and analysts. But what really matters is what Las Vegas thinks of them.

Given the Raptors are a slight favorite tonight against the 2015-undefeated Atlanta Hawks, and that they themselves have lost 5 of 7, I thought I’d look at how the Raptors have fared against the spread. Here are the results:

DateOpponentLineTotalFinal ScoreResult
10/29/2015Atlanta Hawks-4.5199Won 109 – 102Win  / Over
11/1/2015@ Orlando Magic-6195Won 108 – 95Win  / Over
11/2/2015@ Miami Heat2197Lost 102 – 107Loss  / Over
11/4/2015Oklahoma City Thunder-11.5192Won 100 – 88Win  / Under
11/5/2015@ Boston Celtics2203Won 110 – 107Win  / Over
11/7/2015Washington Wizards-4195Won 103 – 84Win  / Under
11/9/2015Philadelphia 76ers-13.5205Won 120 – 88Win  / Over
11/11/2015Orlando Magic-11198Won 104 – 100Loss  / Over
11/13/2015Chicago Bulls-2.5196Lost 93 – 100Loss  / Under
11/15/2015Utah Jazz-11.5202Won 111 – 93Win  / Over
11/19/2015Memphis Grizzlies-6192Won 96 – 92Loss  / Under
11/21/2015Milwaukee Bucks-9199Won 124 – 82Win  / Over
11/22/2015@ Cleveland Cavaliers3204Won 110 – 93Win  / Under
11/24/2015Phoenix Suns-4.5210Won 104 – 100Loss  / Under
11/26/2015@ Atlanta Hawks-3.5204Won 126 – 115Win  / Over
11/28/2015Dallas Mavericks-3.5211Lost 102 – 106Loss  / Under
11/30/2015@ Los Angeles Lakers-7209Lost 122 – 129Loss  / Over
12/2/2015@ Sacramento Kings-2.5204Won 117 – 109Win  / Over
12/3/2015@ Utah Jazz-3.5201Won 123 – 104Win  / Over
12/5/2015Cleveland Cavaliers-4.5209Lost 91 – 105Loss  / Under
12/8/2015Denver Nuggets-10214Won 112 – 107Loss  / Over
12/9/2015@ Cleveland Cavaliers6206Lost 101 – 105Win  / Push
12/12/2015Indiana Pacers-9196Won 106 – 94Win  / Over
12/14/2015@ New York Knicks-6.5200Won 95 – 90Loss  / Under
12/15/2015Orlando Magic-7198Won 95 – 82Win  / Under
12/17/2015Brooklyn Nets-12.5198Won 105 – 89Win  / Under
12/19/2015@ Detroit Pistons-7.5198Won 110 – 100Win  / Over
12/21/2015New York Knicks-12.5196Won 118 – 108Loss  / Over
12/22/2015@ Chicago Bulls4201Lost 120 – 129Loss  / Over
12/27/2015@ Los Angeles Clippers4.5214Won 110 – 98Win  / Under
12/28/2015@ Denver Nuggets-2.5213Won 116 – 102Win  / Over
12/30/2015@ Portland Trail Blazers3.5209Lost 97 – 102Loss  / Under
1/2/2015@ Golden State Warriors4.5216Lost 105 – 126Loss  / Over
1/4/2015@ Phoenix Suns1217Lost 109 – 125Loss  / Over
1/8/2015Charlotte Hornets-12.5197Lost 95 – 103Loss  / Over
1/10/2015Boston Celtics-11.5209Won 109 – 96Win  / Under
1/12/2015Detroit Pistons-5.5208Lost 111 – 114Loss  / Over
1/14/2015Philadelphia 76ers-18202Won 100 – 84Loss  / Under

Overall, they’re 20-18 against the spread – 10-11 at home and 10-7 on the road. They’ve been the favorites 29 times out of their 38 games, which is 76% of the time.  The Raptors are getting plenty of respect from Vegas, so the inferiority complex that we so confusingly crave isn’t there.

If you’re picking over/under, the ‘over’ is winning 22-16.  In the two wins against the Hawks this season, the Raptors have covered the spread and the point total has been over. So, bet your house on the Raptors winning?

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