NBA Basketball Power Rankings - National Basketball Association - ESPN
Everyone obviously wants to start well, but it's particularly critical for Toronto if it has any hope of living up to all the talk about how a run at No. 8 in the East is within reach. Let's see first how the young Raps cope with playing 15 of their first 22 games on the road.
Yeah, the schedule isn't very friendly early on for us. We're playing pretty much all teams that should either be in the playoffs or just on the outside looking in for the first nine games. (Here's the list: Toronto Raptors
2013 Schedule - Raptors
Home and Away - ESPN) Maybe the only positive is that going in as underdogs, people will underestimate us... But a 1-9 start isn't that far-fetched and would be most demoralizing.
We also have 6 (!) back-to-back game sets in November, compared to 2/3 per month for the rest of the season.