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What the Toronto Raptors' First 10 Games Will Prove About Their 2012-13 Season
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Toronto Raptors have a challenging first 10 games of their NBA schedule. If they survive, it could go a long way in validating their 5-1 preseason performance to date. The level of competition will be a serious upgrade from the Raptors' preseason schedule, though.

It is a schedule that includes four vital games within the very tough Atlantic Division in addition to stops at Oklahoma City and Dallas—not to mention facing the Pacers on opening night in Toronto and again back in Indiana later in November.

They also see a playoff team from the West in the Jazz visiting the ACC and a team that would like to be in that postseason mix in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Injuries to Kevin Love from those T-Wolves and Dirk Nowitzki for the Mavericks have made the road a little easier for the Raptors. Still, it is going to be a true test of if the Raptors can really make some noise this season in the Eastern Conference.

So let’s run you through the first 10 games and examine if the Raptors can get off to a solid start by building off an impressive preseason.

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