The Toronto Raptors are heading into the all-star break atop the Eastern Conference standings, but their strong play of late has failed to elevate them on the odds to win the NBA Championship. Toronto sits back at +2200 on the title odds at sportsbooks monitored by

Toronto opened the campaign amid tempered expectations after getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a second-round playoff matchup last spring. The Raptors were subsequently pegged as a long +5000 bet to claim their first-ever NBA championship, and have been slow to gain ground despite having a league-leading home record and boasting a high-powered offence that ranks third in the NBA in points per game.

However, with the Celtics and Cavaliers both enduring recent struggles, Toronto has vaulted to a strong +400 wager on the odds to win the Eastern Conference, well ahead of the +2000 odds it sported on opening night.

Over in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets have emerged as a real threat to Golden State’s dominance during their current tear and have been rewarded on the NBA championship odds, where they now trail only the Warriors as a +400 wager.

Like Toronto, the Rockets opened the season …read more



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