First win of the season for the Raptors
After a slow start and getting quite close to a win against Indiana, Raptors played Minnesota at Air Canada Center. I was thinking taking the Raps for a NBA betting tip, but I like to study the first 5-6 games before considering a betting opportunity.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Toronto Raptors earned their first victory of the season Sunday night, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-86 at home.
Lowry had help from a solid bench, led by the inspired minutes of Anderson and Amir Johnson, and DeMar DeRozan, who had 22 points. Lowry and DeRozan each had seven rebounds, too, or six more than the Raptors’ three other starters — two of whom are 7-feet tall. The Timberwolves helped, too, showing blatant disregard for the basketball and turning it over 24 times. But Lowry was the root cause of a few of those turnovers, and was a monster himself. He has had at least 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in each of the first three games this season.
Near the end of the second quarter, Lowry had a stint that absolutely changed the game. He gave the Raptors a lead with a 22-foot jumper, the first two points of a 12-5 run to end the half. Also in there: three free throws, a layup after he sat on the right passing lane — as he so often does — and an assist on an Andrea Bargnani three-pointer. The Raptors never trailed again. Lowry also pulled up from well beyond the arc in the third quarter, drilling a shot that doubled the Raptors’ dwindling lead from three to six.
Andrea Bargnani scored 10 points as the Raptors extended Minnesota’s miserable record against Toronto. The Raptors have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including nine straight at home. Minnesota has not won in Toronto since Jan. 21, 2004.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points and Nikola Pekovic had 15 for the Timberwolves, who were outscored 26-13 in the fourth quarter, making just four of 16 field goal attempts.
Derrick Williams had nine points and eight rebounds for Minnesota, who are without injured forward Kevin Love (broken hand) and guard Ricky Rubio (left knee).The Raptors scored 27 points off of 16 Minnesota turnovers in the first half, and got seven points from Lowry in a 12-4 run over the final 3:10 of the second quarter to open a 56-47 lead at the intermission.
Is this going to be enough to put up a fight for the 8th seat in the East for the NBA playoffs ? Probably , not.
Will maintain the opinion the Raps won’t be able to make it over 30 wins this season, consider this a good NBA bet.