Oh come on, you can just as easily spin it like this,
The NBA favors the Raptors
because they knew they were going to have a lot of new faces on the team so they put them opn the road against harder teams for the start to get those out of the way early. Win or lose, they will build team unity by being on the road, as well, they can spend time to gel. Once the stretch is done, and they are gelled, and they are ready to go, the schedule will ease up just in time and they will cruise into the playoffs a fine tuned machine.