The Toronto Raptors might be the scariest team in the East

Raptors finish on 19-5 run to defeat Wizards (0:47)

The Raptors put away the Wizards with a 19-5 run in the fourth quarter for a 137-115 victory. (0:47)

The Toronto Raptors are battling for one of the last playoff spots in the NBA's Eastern Conference, with only 1.5 games separating them from a top-six seed or falling out of the postseason entirely.

The Raptors have more losses than wins and only the 19th-best record in the NBA. But ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI) still gives Toronto the third-best overall rating in the Eastern Conference and the sixth best in the league.

Why is BPI so high on the Raptors' upside? Is this team actually an underrated East contender? And what does Toronto need to do to start translating this potential into wins?