Toronto fans have to be happy with the start that their team is off to. With Monday night’s win over the Charlotte Hornets, they are off to a 4-0 start. They are scoring at an incredible pace so far having scored at least 113 points in every game this season with a season-high 127 against the Hornets.
Some may find the number of points they are allowing alarming; every opponent has scored over 100 so far this season. But defence is one of those things that can take time to build. But they did play good defence against the Hornets. Charlotte entered Monday’s game leading the league in three-pointers with 49.
The Raptors held them to just nine of 28 from behind the arc while making 15 of 39 themselves.
Despite all the Jimmy Butler drama, the Timberwolves are off to a good start so far. They won just their second game of the season Monday night with a 101-91 victory over the Pacers at home. It was the best defensive effort by the T-wolves, this season, who have allowed 112, 123, and 140 in their first three games.
The went 1-2 in their first three with the lone win coming against the Cavaliers, 131-123.
So—who’s going to win?
If Minnesota can play defence as they did against the Pacers, this one could get interesting. But at this point in the season, there is no reason to believe that they will. Toronto will easily be the best all-around team that they have played to date.
Fans should expect an entertaining, high-scoring game, but the Raptors will come out on top in the end.
Take Toronto (-325) to win over Minnesota (+295) and cover the spread (7.5). As for the over/under—take the over (226.5).