Wednesday, May 12, 2021

NBA Predictions - 12 May

Upset picks are in italics.

Washington at Atlanta - Hawks by 4.5

San Antonio at Brooklyn - Nets by 5

Boston at Cleveland - Celtics by 7.5

New Orleans at Dallas - Mavericks by 3

Portland at Utah - Jazz by 8

Houston at LA Lakers - Lakers by 10.5


Results

NBA: 6-5 (.545) 625-408 overall (.605)

Upsets: 0-2 (.000) 76-117 overall (.394)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

NBA Predictions - 11 May

Upset picks are in italics.

Denver at Charlotte - Nuggets by 5

Minnesota at Detroit - Pistons by 2.5

Miami at Boston - Celtics by 2.5

LA Clippers at Toronto - Clippers by 5.5

Philadelphia at Indiana - 76ers by 5

Brooklyn at Chicago - Nets by 3.5

Dallas at Memphis - Mavericks by 1

Orlando at Milwaukee - Bucks by 13

Phoenix at Golden State - Suns by 3.5

Oklahoma City at Sacramento - Kings by 6.5

New York at LA Lakers - Lakers by 1.5


Results

NBA: 4-2 (.667) 619-403 overall (.606)

Upsets: 76-115 overall (.398)

Monday, May 10, 2021

NBA Predictions - 10 May

Upset picks are in italics.

Indiana at Cleveland - Pacers by 7.5

Washington at Atlanta - Hawks by 5

New Orleans at Memphis - Grizzlies by 1.5

Milwaukee at San Antonio - Bucks by 5.5

Utah at Golden State - Jazz by 6.5

Houston at Portland - Trail Blazers by 9.5


Results

NBA: 5-3 (.625) 615-401 overall (.605)

Upsets: 1-1 (.500) 76-115 overall (.398)

Sunday, May 9, 2021

NBA Predictions - 9 May

Upset picks are in italics.

Miami at Boston - Celtics by 2.5

New York at LA Clippers - Clippers by 5

New Orleans at Charlotte - Pelicans by 0.5

Dallas at Cleveland - Mavericks by 8.5

Minnesota at Orlando - Timberwolves by 0.5

Chicago at Detroit - Bulls by 1.5

Phoenix at LA Lakers - Suns by 2.5

Oklahoma City at Sacramento - Kings by 6


Results

NBA: 4-3 (.571) 610-398 overall (.605)

Upsets: 0-3 (.000) 75-114 overall (.397)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

NBA Rankings - 8 May

The hottest team over the past two weeks has been the Portland Trail Blazers, who have won 6 of 7 to move up into 6th place in the West, which would keep them out of the playin tournament, and gave them the tiebreaker over the Lakers, who are projected to end up tied with Portland. Those Lakers have been one of the coldest teams lately, winning only twice in their past 10 games, one of which was over Orlando, who gave up on the season long ago. Another cold team has been Utah, who were somehow swept by Minnesota in their season series, but are still the top team in the rankings because of the huge lead they had built up from their long hot streak earlier in the season. Here are my current rankings and playoff picks:

 

 

 

 

Record

Proj

 

Rank

LW

Team

Rating

W

L

W

L

Seed

1

1

Utah

-8.248

49

18

53

19

W1

2

2

LA Clippers

-5.933

45

22

49

23

W3

3

3

Phoenix

-5.272

48

19

51

21

W2

4

5

Philadelphia

-5.007

46

21

50

22

E1

5

4

Milwaukee

-4.867

43

24

47

25

E2

6

6

Denver

-4.493

44

23

47

25

W4

7

7

Brooklyn

-3.263

43

24

46

26

E3

8

8

LA Lakers

-2.026

37

30

40

32

W7

9

12

Dallas

-1.973

39

28

42

30

W5

10

9

Atlanta

-1.937

37

31

40

32

E5

11

13

New York

-1.657

37

30

40

32

E4

12

10

Boston

-1.32

35

32

38

34

E6

13

19

Portland

-0.758

38

29

40

32

W6

14

14

Golden State

-0.439

34

33

37

35

W8

15

11

Memphis

-0.357

33

33

36

36

W9

16

18

New Orleans

0.217

30

37

32

40

 

17

15

Toronto

0.285

27

40

29

43

OUT

18

17

Miami

0.419

36

31

38

34

E7

19

16

Indiana

0.735

31

35

34

38

E9

20

20

San Antonio

1.023

32

34

34

38

W10

21

21

Chicago

1.267

28

39

30

42

 

22

22

Charlotte

1.667

33

34

35

37

E8

23

23

Washington

2.044

31

36

33

39

E10

24

25

Sacramento

3.39

29

38

31

41

 

25

24

Detroit

3.563

20

47

22

50

 

26

27

Minnesota

5.839

20

47

22

50

 

27

26

Cleveland

7.199

21

46

22

50

 

28

28

Orlando

7.203

21

46

22

50

 

29

29

Houston

7.508

16

51

17

55

 

30

30

Oklahoma City

8.149

21

46

22

50

 

Playoff Picks

Play In

(7) Lakers over (8) Warriors

(9) Grizzlies over (10) Spurs

(8) Warriors over (9) Grizzlies

(7) Heat over (8) Hornets

(10) Wizards over (9) Pacers

(8) Hornets over (10) Wizards

First Round

(1) Jazz over (8) Warriors in 5

(2) Suns over (7) Lakers in 5

(3) Clippers over (6) Trail Blazers in 5

(4) Nuggets over (5) Mavericks in 7

(1) 76ers over (8) Hornets in 4

(2) Bucks over (7) Heat in 6

(3) Nets over (6) Celtics in 6

(4) Knicks over (5) Hawks in 6

Second Round

(1) Jazz over (4) Nuggets in 6

(2) Suns over (3) Clippers in 7

(1) 76ers over (4) Knicks in 5

(2) Bucks over (3) Nets in 6

Conference Finals

(2) Suns over (1) Jazz in 7

(2) Bucks over (1) 76ers in 7

NBA Finals

(2) Suns over (2) Bucks in 7


NBA Predictions - 8 May

Upset picks are in italics.

Washington at Indiana - Pacers by 2.5

Detroit at Philadelphia - 76ers by 9.5

Memphis at Toronto - Raptors by 0.5

Brooklyn at Denver - Nuggets by 2

Houston at Utah - Jazz by 16.5

Oklahoma City at Golden State - Warriors by 9.5

San Antonio at Portland - Trail Blazers by 2.5


Results

NBA: 8-2 (.800) 606-395 overall (.605)

Upsets: 0-1 (.000) 75-111 overall (.403)

Friday, May 7, 2021

NBA Predictions - 7 May

Upset picks are in italics.

New Orleans at Philadelphia - 76ers by 6

Boston at Chicago - Celtics by 2.5

Orlando at Charlotte - Hornets by 6

Minnesota at Miami - Heat by 6

Houston at Milwaukee - Bucks by 13.5

Cleveland at Dallas - Mavericks by 9.5

Denver at Utah - Jazz by 4.5

New York at Phoenix - Suns by 4

LA Lakers at Portland - Lakers by 0.5

San Antonio at Sacramento - Spurs by 1.5


Results

NBA: 2-5 (.286) 598-393 overall (.603)

Upsets: 0-1 (.000) 75-110 overall (.405)