Where Will the Toronto Raptors Play Their Home Opener?

If you haven’t been paying attention, the NBA plans on starting the 2020-21 season on December 22nd 2020, which would likely mean we’re going to have NBA action on Christmas Day!

I know I’d miss the NBA on Xmas Day, so let’s hope this plan works out.


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The NBA is planning to play a 72-game NBA regular season. The NBA and NBAPA have agreed to the deal, so unless something big happens with COVID-19, I expect this date to be firm.

Where Will the Toronto Raptors Play in 2020/21?

One thing that hasn’t been figured out yet is where the Toronto Raptors will play this season.

The topic has been garnering so much attention that BetOnline has released a couple markets on where the Raptors will play their home opener when the NBA regular season begins.

The first betting market is on whether the Raptors will play their home opener at home.


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Here are the odds:

Will the Toronto Raptors play their home opener at home? Yes (+275) vs. No (-450).

Is there value on YES (+275)?

Masai Ujiri had an op-ed published in the Toronto Star last Friday you can check out, but in it he said he hopes the Raptors can play at home and that playing at home remains the goal.

Ujiri also discussed the proposals made by the Raptors to the Canadian government.

One major obstacle is that the Canada-US border is closed for non-essential travel and that would be a problem that needs to be overcome or else teams won’t be able to travel to Toronto.

With time running out, it’s looking like the Raptors may open the season playing outside of Canada, so while the NBA betting value is definitely on betting “YES” at +275 odds, it’s going to be a tough bet to cash.

What City Will the Toronto Raptors Play Their Home Opener In?

This next market only has action if the Raptors don’t open the season at home. If they open up the season at home then this second market will be voided and stakes will be returned.

Here are the current cities listed, along with the betting odds:

Tampa Bay (+110)

Buffalo (+300)

Nashville (+350)

Las Vegas (+500)

New Jersey (+500)

Seattle (+600)

Louisville (+700)


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The city emerging as the most likely place for the Raptors is Tampa Bay.

If you’re going to bet on this market, I recommend betting Tampa Bay now at plus money. Keep in mind, if news breaks, this betting market will be taken down immediately.

There was a rumor the Raptors were considering Louisville, but it appears to be false. While the 7/1 odds might look great, I wouldn’t recommend betting on any city other than Tampa Bay.

I’m sure the players have had some say and who wouldn’t want to be stationed in Tampa Bay during the Canadian winter? If the Raptors can’t play at home, why not go somewhere sunny?

Buffalo could make some sense due to the proximity to Toronto, but I’m not sure it makes a lot of sense because anyone crossing the border needs to self-isolate for 14 days.

Best Bet: Raptors Will Play Home Opener in Tampa Bay (+110) at BetOnline

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Scott is one of our newest writer and handicapper here at ScoresAndStats.com, but he has been writing sports betting content for more than a decade online. His work has been featured on many websites.

 

Scott is a millennial (born in 1989) who grew up in Toronto, Canada and he has never left the big city. He grew up playing a few sports (hockey, soccer and baseball) when he was younger. His favorite sport was hockey and he played goalie. He still likes to get out to the rinks to play some pick-up with his buddies.

 

Growing up in Toronto, Scott is a huge fan of all Toronto teams.

 

He watches the Maple Leafs and Raptors religiously. Scott also enjoys watching the Blue Jays, Argonauts and TFC.

 

His best sports memory was when the Raptors were crowned the 2019 NBA Champions. Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for the Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup during his lifetime.

 

Scott may be a diehard fan of Toronto sports teams, but he loves watching all sports. He’s a huge UFC fan (look for his UFC betting articles for most events) and he’ll watch just about anything, including tennis, golf, soccer and cricket.

 

Scott is a numbers guy and he likes digging deep into the statistics when handicapping games. He also likes to identify value bets in markets most bettors overlook, including player/team props.

 

When he’s not handicapping and watching sports, he enjoys golfing in the warmer months. He also loves burgers and poutine. Not only is that his favorite meal, but he has tried over 100 burgers in Toronto and he’s constantly looking for the best new burgers in the city.