Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NBA Predictions - 16 Apr

Upset picks are in italics.

Chicago at Charlotte - Bobcats by 2
Indiana at Orlando - Pacers by 2
Dallas at Memphis - Grizzlies by 4
Atlanta at Milwaukee - Hawks by 3
Utah at Minnesota - Timberwolves by 12
Houston at New Orleans - Rockets by 5
Detroit at Oklahoma City - Thunder by 14
LA Lakers at San Antonio - Spurs by 18
Washington at Boston - Wizards by 3
Brooklyn at Cleveland - Cavaliers by 3
Philadelphia at Miami - Heat by 18
Toronto at New York - Raptors by 1
LA Clippers at Portland - Trail Blazers by 1
Golden State at Denver - Warriors by 6
Phoenix at Sacramento - Suns by 1

Prediction Results

NBA: 1-1 (.500) 809-406 overall (.666)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NBA Predictions - 15 Apr

Upset picks are in italics.

New York at Brooklyn - Nets by 4
Denver at LA Clippers - Clippers by 12

Prediction Results

NBA: 4-6 (.400) 808-405 overall (.666)
Upsets: 1-3 (.250) 118-115 overall (.506)

Monday, April 14, 2014

NBA Predictions - 14 Apr

Upset picks are in italics.

Boston at Philadelphia - Celtics by 3
Milwaukee at Toronto - Raptors by 12
Miami at Washington - Wizards by 1
Charlotte at Atlanta - Hawks by 1
Orlando at Chicago - Bulls by 11
San Antonio at Houston - Spurs by 1
Oklahoma City at New Orleans - Thunder by 4
LA Lakers at Utah - Jazz by 5
Memphis at Phoenix - Suns by 5
Minnesota at Golden State - Warriors by 4

Prediction Results

NBA: 5-2 (.714) 804-399 overall (.668)
Upsets: 1-0 (1.000) 117-112 overall (.511)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NBA Predictions - 13 Apr

Upset picks are in italics.

Oklahoma City at Indiana - Thunder by 3
Toronto at Detroit - Raptors by 4
Orlando at Brooklyn - Nets by 9
Chicago at New York - Knicks by 1
Golden State at Portland - Trail Blazers by 2
Minnesota at Sacramento - Timberwolves by 3
Memphis at LA Lakers - Grizzlies by 6

Prediction Results

 NBA: 6-2 (.750) 799-397 overall (.668)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NBA Rankings - 12 Apr

With only 4 days left in the regular season, there are still 3 playoff spots open, with 5 teams still in contention to grab them. Phoenix, Dallas, and Memphis, the 3 teams going for 2 spots in the West, happen to have a round robin this week, and any team that loses twice will most likely be out. If all three win once against the others, Phoenix will be the odd team out, thanks to a 1-4 record against the other two so far this season, so the Suns may need to go 3-0 just to make the playoffs. Here are my full current rankings:

Rank
LW
Team
Record
Rating
Predic
Ch
Seed
1
1
San Antonio
62-18
-8.49753
63-19

1W
2
2
LA Clippers
55-24
-6.60435
57-25
-1
3W
3
3
Oklahoma City
58-21
-5.80789
60-22
+1
2W
4
6
Golden State
49-30
-4.33492
51-31

6W
5
4
Houston
52-27
-4.31461
54-28
-1
4W
6
5
Miami
54-25
-4.13606
56-26

1E
7
8
Portland
52-28
-2.60923
53-29

5W
8
9
Dallas
48-32
-2.35329
49-33

7W
9
13
Chicago
47-32
-2.3307
49-33
+2
3E
10
10
Memphis
47-32
-2.2729
49-33
+1
8W
11
7
Toronto
46-33
-2.15125
48-34
-1
4E
12
11
Phoenix
47-32
-1.95349
49-33
+1

13
12
Minnesota
40-39
-1.40082
42-40


14
16
Charlotte
40-39
-0.26155
42-40
+1
7E
15
14
Washington
41-38
-0.07589
43-39
-1
6E
16
15
Brooklyn
43-36
0.10929
45-37

5E
17
17
Indiana
54-26
1.032625
55-27
-1
2E
18
18
New York
34-45
1.109701
35-47


19
20
Atlanta
36-43
2.386141
38-44
+2
8E
20
21
Cleveland
32-48
2.886051
33-49
-1

21
22
Denver
35-44
2.890603
36-46
+1

22
19
Sacramento
27-52
3.150539
28-54
-1

23
23
New Orleans
32-47
4.357665
33-49
-1

24
24
Detroit
29-51
5.839729
29-53


25
25
Orlando
23-56
6.146827
24-58
+1

26
27
Boston
24-55
6.434302
25-57


27
26
LA Lakers
25-54
7.642185
26-56


28
28
Utah
24-55
7.745239
25-57
-1

29
29
Milwaukee
15-64
8.373287
16-66


30
30
Philadelphia
17-62
12.30255
18-64



This week's hottest team was Chicago, which won three times to extend their win streak to 7 games, allowing them to pass Toronto for the 3rd seed in the East. They won 2 road games this week that were likely losses, in Washington and Minnesota, but won both by over 15 points, and they could repeat the feat this week in New York and Charlotte.

Atlanta was also hot this week, right when they had to be, because they are still fighting to hold on to the last playoff spot in the East, with New York surging as well. Atlanta won big in Indiana to open the week, and closed it out with another big win in Brooklyn, which kept them 2 games ahead of the Knicks with 3 games left. It's not a must-win against Miami tonight, but it sure would be nice to lock up that spot tonight.

A 2-1 week doesn't usually qualify as cold, but Toronto's two wins this week came against the two worst teams in the league, by an average of only 7.5 points, and they followed those up with a home loss to New York, which is fighting for its playoff life. That loss may have cost the Raptors the 3-seed, meaning they'll have to face Brooklyn in the first round rather than the Wizards or Bobcats.

Predictions

Upset picks are in italics.

Sacramento at LA Clippers - Clippers by 13
Philadelphia at Charlotte - Bobcats by 16
Milwaukee at Washington - Wizards by 12
Miami at Atlanta - Heat by 1
Boston at Cleveland - Cavaliers by 7
New Orleans at Houston - Rockets by 10
Phoenix at Dallas - Mavericks by 6
Utah at Denver - Nuggets by 10

Prediction Results

NBA: 9-4 (.692) 793-395 overall (.668)
Upsets: 2-0 (1.000) 116-112 overall (.509)

Friday, April 11, 2014

NBA Predictions - 11 Apr

Upset picks are in italics.

Washington at Orlando - Wizards by 2
New York at Toronto - Raptors by 7
Charlotte at Boston - Bobcats by 4
Atlanta at Brooklyn - Nets by 6
Indiana at Miami - Heat by 8
Detroit at Chicago - Bulls by 11
Philadelphia at Memphis - Grizzlies by 17
Houston at Minnesota - Timberwolves by 1
New Orleans at Oklahoma City - Thunder by 13
Phoenix at San Antonio - Spurs by 8
Cleveland at Milwaukee - Cavaliers by 2
Portland at Utah - Trail Blazers by 6
Golden State at LA Lakers - Warriors by 6

Prediction Results

NBA: 1-1 (.500) 784-391 overall (.667)