Raptors: Stanley Johnson era ends as Bulls sign former Toronto big

Raptors: Stanley Johnson era ends as Bulls sign former Toronto big

The Toronto Raptors were willing to give Stanley Johnson a chance to make it in the regular rotation last year. After a solid freshman year at Arizona, Johnson was picked eighth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Pistons. In both Detroit and New Orleans, Johnson hasn’t really performed like a No. 8 overall […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Oilers vs Maple Leafs 01/22/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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Something has to give between the Toronto Maple Leafs’ trend of flushing a bad home-ice loss and the Edmonton Oilers’ road-warrior ways in what seems likely to be a low-scoring game.
The Maple Leafs are -145 home favourites against the +125 underdog Oilers with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The teams played two nights ago, with Edmonton winning 3-1. But Toronto is 9-3 in its last 12 games as a home favourite (regular season only) with the total going UNDER in eight of those games.
Oilers vs Maple Leafs | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Oilers are an identical 9-3 in their last 12 games as an away underdog, and the total has also gone UNDER at betting sites in 13 of their last 20 games as an away underdog. The total has also gone UNDER in the Maple Leafs’ last three games.
The Oilers are 2-3-0, but as their 27th-place ranking in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage of 45.5 indicates, they are adopting a defensive posture in order to cover for their lack of a true No. 1 goaltender. Such a system will likely limit the number of attacking opportunities for star centers Connor …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Channing Frye says the Toronto Raptors give James Harden the best opportunity to win

Channing Frye says the Toronto Raptors give James Harden the best opportunity to win

Frye says the Toronto Raptors would give James Harden the culture and the focus on player development he needs to succeed in this league. As of right now, it looks like James Harden is as good as traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Saying that it is also being reported that the Houston Rockets are willing […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Leafs trying to win isn’t making us happy. Maybe they should become trade deadline sellers instead

Is it too early to give up the season? Statistically no, but of course in the world where we have a defending Stanley Cup Champion that was the worst team in the league last January, well, it’s a bit of a hard sell.
I love Freddie Andersen, but I am not expecting a Jordan Binnington-esque run. I’m excited for what Sheldon Keefe will do, but it seems like he might be working through some team issues that Craig Berube didn’t have to. Also, he doesn’t have Jordan Binnington. The reality is the Leafs are in an uphill battle that never really looks as bad as it seems because of the fact that the Leafs have a number of games at hand on their conference rivals which inflates their standings.
Wildcard Race by Points
GP
Pts
Atlantic Division

Boston
28
45
Florida
27
31
Buffalo
28
31
Metro Division

Washington
30
47
New York Islanders
26
38
Philadelphia
28
37
Wildcard

Pittsburgh
28
34
Carolina
28
33
Montreal
28
30
Toronto
30
30
Look at that. Only one point behind second in the division? How can you give up now?
Wildcard Race by Pts%
GP
Pts
Atlantic Division

Boston
28
80.4%
Tampa Bay
25
58.9%
Florida
27
57.4%
Metro Division

Washington
30
78.3%
New York Islanders
26
73.1%
Philadelphia
28
66.1%
Wildcard

Pittsburgh
28
60.7%
Carolina
28
58.9%
New York Rangers
26
55.8%
Buffalo Sabres
28
55.4%


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors are making a mistake with the Championship ring fiasco

The Toronto Raptors have elected not to give Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, and Delon Wright a championship ring. That is a decision that should be viewed as a mistake. As NBA organisation’s go, the Toronto Raptors are good at being different. Masai Ujiri has built the Toronto Raptors up from the ground since his arrival […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Hot Takes From the Farm: End of Season Edition (Part One)

While I’ll be trying to give you creative farm related content semi-regularly (as work obligations permit) through the off-season, this will be the wrap up edition for the regularly weekly game notes format. I won’t spend a lot of words on preamble but i do want to put one disclaimer out there not just for this but for all the content going forward to the spring: I’m not going to mention or recognize very late season “cup of coffee” promotions because that can tend to distort the level of achievement for a given player. For example, I’m not calling Miguel Hiraldo a Lansing Lugnut because he played one came for them in the last week of the season. On the other hand, players that moved up a few weks abo, for example Cullen Large or Reggie Pruitt, that’s legitimate.
In these notes my main focus will be on players who finished strong, although there will be exceptions and what constitutes “finished” will vary in length depending on circumstances. Also, it only make sense to comment on any team member who is/was a highly regarded prospect.
Buffalo
Fun thing about this Buffalo offense – only five …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation