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RandomNBAFan’s Week 1 Prediction Results

I correctly predicted 30 of the 42 games that were played during the first week of the season (Tuesday, October 28 through Sunday November 2).  Although all three of my predictions for the Portland Trail Blazers were wrong, I did correctly predict each game for the Atlanta Hawks (2), Dallas Mavericks (3), Denver Nuggets (2), Detroit Piston (3), Indiana Pacers (3), Miami Heat (3), Minnesota Timberwolves (3), New Orleans Pelicans (2), Orlando Magic (3), Philadelphia 76ers (3) and Toronto Raptors (3).

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Result
10/28/2014 Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Pelicans
10/28/2014 Dallas Mavericks San Antonio Spurs Spurs Spurs
10/28/2014 Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Rockets
10/29/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Charlotte Hornets Hornets Hornets
10/29/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Pacers Pacers
10/29/2014 Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics Nets Celtics
10/29/2014 Washington Wizards Miami Heat Heat Heat
10/29/2014 Atlanta Hawks Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
10/29/2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
10/29/2014 Chicago Bulls New York Knicks Bulls Bulls
10/29/2014 Detroit Pistons Denver Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
10/29/2014 Houston Rockets Utah Jazz Rockets Rockets
10/29/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Suns Suns
10/29/2014 Golden State Warriors Sacramento Kings Warriors Warriors
10/29/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Portland Trail Blazers Thunder Trail Blazers
10/30/2014 Washington Wizards Orlando Magic Wizards Wizards
10/30/2014 Detroit Pistons Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Timberwolves
10/30/2014 New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Knicks
10/30/2014 Utah Jazz Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
10/30/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Clippers
10/31/2014 Memphis Grizzlies Indiana Pacers Grizzlies Grizzlies
10/31/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls Bulls Cavaliers
10/31/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks Bucks Bucks
10/31/2014 San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns Spurs Suns
10/31/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings Trail Blazers Kings
10/31/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Clippers Clippers
11/1/2014 Dallas Mavericks New Orleans Pelicans Mavericks Mavericks
11/1/2014 Memphis Grizzlies Charlotte Hornets Hornets Grizzlies
11/1/2014 Toronto Raptors Orlando Magic Raptors Raptors
11/1/2014 Miami Heat Philadelphia 76ers Heat Heat
11/1/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Washington Wizards Bucks Wizards
11/1/2014 Indiana Pacers Atlanta Hawks Hawks Hawks
11/1/2014 Brooklyn Nets Detroit Pistons Nets Nets
11/1/2014 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets Rockets Rockets
11/1/2014 Chicago Bulls Minnesota Timberwolves Bulls Bulls
11/1/2014 Denver Nuggets Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Thunder
11/1/2014 Phoenix Suns Utah Jazz Suns Jazz
11/1/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
11/2/2014 Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Kings
11/2/2014 Toronto Raptors Miami Heat Heat Heat
11/2/2014 Charlotte Hornets New York Knicks Knicks Knicks
11/2/2014 Golden State Warriors Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Warriors
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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Preview

Based on my predictions for all 1,230 regular-season games for the 2014-2015 NBA season, here is my predicted order of finish for the Eastern Conference:

1. Chicago Bulls (60-22)

The return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol should help the Bulls address their shortcomings on the offensive side of the ball.

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (58-24)

LeBron James’ return will make Cleveland relevant in the Eastern Conference for the first time since James’ infamous departure back in 2010.

3. Brooklyn Nets (48-34)

Lionel Hollins, task master that he is, will get the most out of the Nets no matter how many games Brook Lopez misses or plays this season.

4. Miami Heat (46-36)

Despite the departure of LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra should be able to lead an experienced Heat squad with the likes of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade supported by Luol Deng and Danny Granger to a spot in the top four of the weak East.

5. Toronto Raptors (41-41)

After a surprising Atlantic Division title last season, opponents will pay a little bit more attention to the Raptors this season.

6. New York Knicks (40-42) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 29-23 in Conference

Although they will likely struggle early on and will probably have their ups and downs as they adjust to the triangle offense, the Knicks will probably get enough out of the Carmelo Anthony and company to squeak into the postseason.

7. Washington Wizards (40-42) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 28-24 in Conference

Can the Wizards, who remained relatively healthy—for them—last season, get another 155 games out of Bradley Beal and John Wall this season?  With Beal likely to miss the first few weeks of the season with a wrist injury, it seems unlikely.

8. Atlanta Hawks (39-43)

Atlanta has made the playoffs an Eastern Conference high seven straight times and despite a tumultuous offseason, the return of Al Horford should help the Hawks push that streak to eight.

9. Charlotte Hornets (37-45)

10. Detroit Pistons (30-52)

11. Indiana Pacers (26-56) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 10-19 against predicted playoff teams in East

12. Boston Celtics (26-56) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 10-20 against predicted playoff teams in East

13. Milwaukee Bucks (23-59)

14. Orlando Magic (20-62)

15. Philadelphia 76ers (18-64)

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2014 NBA Playoffs: Day 15 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
5:30 PM Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers Pacers
8:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder
10:30 PM Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Clippers

Things to Watch For

The Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Indiana Pacers, who fought so hard for the East’s top seed so that Game 7 of a potential Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Miami Heat would be played within the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, find themselves facing a series deciding Game 7 a bit sooner than they expected. If the Pacers want to move on and keep their hopes of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals alive, Indiana will have to find a way to actually take advantage of its home-court advantage against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers, who won an NBA-best 35 home games during the regular season, have dropped two of three at home against the Hawks this postseason. With their season on the line, will the Pacers actually be able to take advantage of their advantage?

What kind of adjustments will the Memphis Grizzlies make to cope with the loss of their leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph? The NBA suspended Randolph for Game 7 for punching Steve Adams late in Game 6. Ed Davis—who will probably start in Randolph’s place—and Kosta Koufos, who have combined to play a total of 62 minutes in this series, will likely get the bulk of Randolph’s minutes and one of them will have to come up big if the Grizzlies are going get a big road win in Oklahoma City tonight. The Thunder will likely be prepared for whatever adjustments the Grizzlies make. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season these teams have met 33 times, including 18 postseason matchups. The results are evenly matched with the Thunder winning 16 games and the Grizzlies winning 17. Nine of the matchups have gone to overtime, including four of the first six games of this series. These teams know each other well, and no matter who takes the floor tonight, this will be a hotly-contested battle and the team that plays to win—and not to lose—will advance to the second round.

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from advancing past the first round in two consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly four decades. To make that happen, the Warriors will have to get a road win over the Los Angeles Clippers, who will be hosting their very first Game 7 in franchise history. After a Game 6 that was decided by a single point, 100-99, look for both teams to give absolutely everything that they have. There is no love lost between these teams and whatever they each have will be left out there on the Staples Center floor.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Toronto Raptors 83 Brooklyn Nets 97 Nets Nets
San Antonio Spurs 111 Dallas Mavericks 113 Spurs Mavericks
Houston Rockets 98 Portland Trail Blazers 99 Rockets Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 23-22

***Unlike my regular-season game-by-game predictions, which are made well before the beginning of the season, my game-by-game playoff predictions will be made day-by-day as the playoffs progress. This is mainly to avoid the mess that will be made whenever one of my predictions goes awry.***

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2014 NBA Playoffs: Day 13 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Indiana Pacers Atlanta Hawks Pacers
8:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Memphis Grizzlies Thunder
10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors Clippers

Things to Watch For

The Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Indiana Pacers find themselves behind the eight ball, literally.  Indiana trails the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks three games to two in their first-round playoff matchup and face elimination in tonight’s all-important Game 6.  The Pacers will try to avoid elimination and the embarrassment of a first-round failure in a building where they have done a lot more losing than winning over the past nine years.  Since an 84-79 road win over the Hawks back on February 5, 2005, Indiana has lost 19 of its last 25 visits to Atlanta—including three of five postseason games.  Will the Pacers find a way to play with the determination and drive needed to extend this series to a decisive seventh game back in Indiana?

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Western Conference’s second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder will also be trying to avoid a disappointing first-round elimination when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies for Game 6 of their playoff series tonight.  The tables could have easily been turned with each of the last four games of the series going to overtime and being decided by a total of 13 points—including a one-point, 100-99, overtime decision in Tuesday night’s Game 5.  But the Grizzlies are the team that grinded out three overtime wins and are just now one win from becoming the second seven seed to upset a two seed.  Now it is up to Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder to find a way—any way—to get a win tonight to avoid that fate and push this series to a seventh game.  This series has truly been a battle between two teams that know each other very well and there is no reason for the basketball gods to deny basketball fans a Game 7 in this series.

I predicted the Clippers to win this series in six games, and if Los Angeles defeats the Warriors tonight, this would be the one series where both parts of my prediction would actually come to fruition.  In order for the Clippers to close out this series they will have to get a win in a building where they have lost 16 of their last 19 visits—including a 21-point, 118-97, loss in Sunday’s Game 4.  One of the three wins came in Game 3 of this series, and if Los Angeles closes out this series with a victory in Oakland tonight, it would be the first time that the Clippers would get two road wins over the Warriors in the same season in nearly 10 years.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Dallas Mavericks 103 San Antonio Spurs 109 Spurs Spurs
Brooklyn Nets 113 Toronto Raptors 115 Nets Raptors
Portland Trail Blazers 98 Houston Rockets 108 Rockets Rockets


Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games:
2-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 20-19

***Unlike my regular-season game-by-game predictions, which are made well before the beginning of the season, my game-by-game playoff predictions will be made day-by-day as the playoffs progress. This is mainly to avoid the mess that will be made whenever one of my predictions goes awry.***

2014 NBA Playoffs: Day Ten Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Miami Heat Charlotte Bobcats Heat
8:00 PM Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers Pacers
9:30 PM San Antonio Spurs Dallas Mavericks Spurs

Things to Watch For

Look for the Heat to simply finish off the Bobcats.  I thought that Charlotte might be able to steal one game, earn their first playoff victory and put a stop to their long losing streak to Miami at some point during this series.  But, in my opinion, if that were to happen it had to happen in Game 3.  The Heat will not fail to take care of business in a close-out game in the first round.  So although they made their second playoff appearance this season, the Bobcats will finish it off with an eighth consecutive postseason loss and a 20th straight loss to the Heat.

It wasn’t easy, but the Indiana Pacers did regain home-court advantage over the Atlanta Hawks with a 91-88 Game 4 victory in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon.  The series now shifts back to Indiana tied 2-2 and if the Pacers, who were an NBA-best 35-6 at home during the regular season, can simply protect their home court they would take a 3-2 series lead.  Look for Paul George and David West to lead the way for Indiana again as the Pacers work to maintain the home-court advantage that they fought for all season long and fought so hard to regain on Saturday.

The Western Conference’s top-seeded San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a must-win situation as they enter Game 4 of their first-round playoff matchup against their in-state rivals the Dallas Mavericks.  Heading into the series the Spurs had defeated the Mavericks nine straight times and extended that winning streak to 10 with 90-85 victory in Game 1.  But Dallas has won the last two games and holds a 2-1 series lead over the reigning Western Conference champions.  The Mavericks also hold home-court advantage over San Antonio.  To have any chance at winning this series and regaining home-court advantage, the Spurs will have to get a win in Dallas and they know that the sooner they do that the better off they will be.  So look for San Antonio to ramp up its defensive intensity and hold the Mavericks under 100 points for the first time since limiting them to 85 in Game 1.  Also look for Tony Parker, who had just two points and zero assists in the second half of Game 3, to be effective for more than just one half of the game.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Chicago Bulls 89 Washington Wizards 98 Bulls Wizards
Los Angeles Clippers 97 Golden State Warriors 118 Clippers Warriors
Toronto Raptors 87 Brooklyn Nets 79 Nets Raptors
Houston Rockets 120 Portland Trail Blazers 123 OT Rockets Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 0-4
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 15-15

***Unlike my regular-season game-by-game predictions, which are made well before the beginning of the season, my game-by-game playoff predictions will be made day-by-day as the playoffs progress. This is mainly to avoid the mess that will be made whenever one of my predictions goes awry.***

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