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What they’re saying about us: Raptors picked by U.S media as heavy favourite to beat Nets in NBA playoffs

The Raptors begin their defence of their NBA championship on Monday afternoon (4 p.m., Sportsnet), taking on the Brooklyn Nets in the first game of the NBA playoffs. What does the U.S. media think about the Raptors’ chances? Here’s a sample of what the experts down south are writing:

The Athletic’s John Hollinger picks the Raptors to win in five games in his Eastern Conference playoff preview:

“The Raptors were the best defensive team in the bubble by a wide margin, and watching them it’s not hard to see why.