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Can the Toronto Raptors surprise NBA bettors like MLB's San Francisco Giants?

Don't be shocked if rookie Scottie Barnes and the Raptors are contenders. Evan Buhler/The Canadian Press via AP

In the recently concluded MLB season, the San Francisco Giants opened the season as 100-1 longshots to win the World Series with an over-under of 74.5 wins, but finished with the best record in baseball (107-55) to win the National League West division and put a scare into the sports books.

In the first half of the NFL season, it's been the Cincinnati Bengals that have played their way up from 100-1 odds into contention and drawn attention from the betting world. This begs the question: what team(s) might go from rags to riches and unexpectedly contend during the NBA season?

Many signs point to it being the Toronto Raptors.