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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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Brooklyn Nets 2013-2014 Game-by-Game Predictions

Actual 2012-2013 Record: 49-33; Random NBA Fan’s Predicted 2012-2013 Record: 50-32

The owner of the Brooklyn Nets, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, has made it clear to his organization that money is no issue in his quest to build the Brooklyn Nets into a championship contender. A championship mentality begins at the top, and by shelling out the cash to bring in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Prokhorov has put his money where his mouth is.

When Prokhorov purchased the Nets in 2010, after a 12-win season, he told Nets fans that he expected the Nets to win a championship within five years. By adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko to the mix, the 2013-2014 edition of the Brooklyn Nets have a legitimate chance to make their owner a prophet.

Garnett, Pierce and Terry bring a championship pedigree to Brooklyn that the Nets hope will help them advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since Jason Kidd helped the New Jersey Nets reach the second round back in 2007 as a player. By adding Garnett, Kirilenko, Pierce and Terry to a team that already features Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets have one of the most talented teams in the entire NBA.

It will be up to first-time coach Jason Kidd to meld this talented group into a cohesive unit on both sides of the floor. While trying to build this group into a well-oiled machine, Kidd will have to manage the minutes of his veterans, particularly Garnett and Pierce, to make sure that the team is healthy and firing on all cylinders when the playoffs roll along.

With the talent that they have amassed in Brooklyn, the Nets should have no problem earning their first Atlantic Division title since 2006. But it was an NBA championship to which Prokhorov was referring when he told Nets fans that he expected a championship within five years. So no matter how well the Nets perform during the regular season, the accuracy of their owner’s prophecy can only be determined during the postseason.

Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets:

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Record
October/November
10/30/2013 Brooklyn Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Nets 1-0
11/1/2013 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets 2-0
11/3/2013 Brooklyn Nets Orlando Magic Nets 3-0
11/5/2013 Utah Jazz Brooklyn Nets Nets 4-0
11/8/2013 Brooklyn Nets Washington Wizards Nets 5-0
11/9/2013 Indiana Pacers Brooklyn Nets Nets 6-0
11/13/2013 Brooklyn Nets Sacramento Kings Nets 7-0
11/15/2013 Brooklyn Nets Phoenix Suns Nets 8-0
11/16/2013 Brooklyn Nets Los Angeles Clippers Clippers 8-1
11/18/2013 Portland Trail Blazers Brooklyn Nets Nets 9-1
11/20/2013 Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Nets 10-1
11/22/2013 Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves 10-2
11/24/2013 Detroit Pistons Brooklyn Nets Nets 11-2
11/26/2013 Brooklyn Nets Toronto Raptors Nets 12-2
11/27/2013 Los Angeles Lakers Brooklyn Nets Nets 13-2
11/29/2013 Brooklyn Nets Houston Rockets Rockets 13-3
11/30/2013 Brooklyn Nets Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies 13-4
December
12/3/2013 Denver Nuggets Brooklyn Nets Nets 14-4
12/5/2013 New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets Nets 15-4
12/7/2013 Brooklyn Nets Milwaukee Bucks Nets 16-4
12/10/2013 Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Nets 17-4
12/12/2013 Los Angeles Clippers Brooklyn Nets Nets 18-4
12/13/2013 Brooklyn Nets Detroit Pistons Nets 19-4
12/16/2013 Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets Nets 20-4
12/18/2013 Washington Wizards Brooklyn Nets Nets 21-4
12/20/2013 Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers Nets 22-4
12/23/2013 Indiana Pacers Brooklyn Nets Nets 23-4
12/25/2013 Chicago Bulls Brooklyn Nets Bulls 23-5
12/27/2013 Milwaukee Bucks Brooklyn Nets Nets 24-5
12/28/2013 Brooklyn Nets Indiana Pacers Pacers 24-6
12/31/2013 Brooklyn Nets San Antonio Spurs Spurs 24-7
January
1/2/2013 Brooklyn Nets Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder 24-8
1/4/2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Brooklyn Nets Nets 25-8
1/6/2013 Atlanta Hawks Brooklyn Nets Nets 26-8
1/8/2013 Golden State Warriors Brooklyn Nets Nets 27-8
1/10/2013 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets 28-8
1/11/2013 Brooklyn Nets Toronto Raptors Raptors 28-9
1/16/2013 Brooklyn Nets Atlanta Hawks Nets 29-9
1/20/2013 Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Knicks 29-10
1/21/2013 Orlando Magic Brooklyn Nets Magic 29-11
1/24/2013 Dallas Mavericks Brooklyn Nets Nets 30-11
1/26/2013 Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics Nets 31-11
1/27/2013 Toronto Raptors Brooklyn Nets Nets 32-11
1/31/2013 Oklahoma City Thunder Brooklyn Nets Nets 33-11
February
2/1/2013 Brooklyn Nets Indiana Pacers Pacers 33-12
2/3/2013 Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets Nets 34-12
2/6/2013 San Antonio Spurs Brooklyn Nets Nets 35-12
2/7/2013 Brooklyn Nets Detroit Pistons Nets 36-12
2/9/2013 New Orleans Pelicans Brooklyn Nets Nets 37-12
2/12/2013 Charlotte Bobcats Brooklyn Nets Nets 38-12
2/13/2013 Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Bulls 38-13
2/19/2013 Brooklyn Nets Utah Jazz Jazz 38-14
2/22/2013 Brooklyn Nets Golden State Warriors Nets 39-14
2/23/2013 Brooklyn Nets Los Angeles Lakers Lakers 39-15
2/26/2013 Brooklyn Nets Portland Trail Blazers Nets 40-15
2/27/2013 Brooklyn Nets Denver Nuggets Nuggets 40-16
March
3/1/2013 Brooklyn Nets Milwaukee Bucks Bucks 40-17
3/3/2013 Chicago Bulls Brooklyn Nets Nets 41-17
3/5/2013 Memphis Grizzlies Brooklyn Nets Nets 42-17
3/7/2013 Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics Nets 43-17
3/9/2013 Sacramento Kings Brooklyn Nets Nets 44-17
3/10/2013 Toronto Raptors Brooklyn Nets Nets 45-17
3/12/2013 Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Heat 45-18
3/15/2013 Brooklyn Nets Washington Wizards Nets 46-18
3/17/2013 Phoenix Suns Brooklyn Nets Nets 47-18
3/19/2013 Charlotte Bobcats Brooklyn Nets Nets 48-18
3/21/2013 Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Celtics 48-19
3/23/2013 Brooklyn Nets Dallas Mavericks Nets 49-19
3/24/2013 Brooklyn Nets New Orleans Pelicans Nets 50-19
3/26/2013 Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Nets 51-19
3/28/2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Brooklyn Nets Nets 52-19
3/30/2013 Minnesota Timberwolves Brooklyn Nets Nets 53-19
April
4/1/2013 Houston Rockets Brooklyn Nets Rockets 53-20
4/2/2013 Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Knicks 53-21
4/4/2013 Detroit Pistons Brooklyn Nets Nets 54-21
4/5/2013 Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers Nets 55-21
4/8/2013 Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Nets 56-21
4/9/2013 Brooklyn Nets Orlando Magic Magic 56-22
4/11/2013 Atlanta Hawks Brooklyn Nets Hawks 56-23
4/13/2013 Orlando Magic Brooklyn Nets Nets 57-23
4/15/2013 New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets Nets 58-23
4/16/2013 Brooklyn Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers 58-24
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2013 NBA Playoffs Game of the Day: Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM Chicago Bulls Brooklyn Nets Nets
10:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies Los Angeles Clippers Grizzlies

The regular season and the playoffs are totally different animals. Just ask the Chicago Bulls. During the regular season, Chicago held the Brooklyn Nets to just 87.5 points per game and won the season series three games to one. In Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, the Bulls gave up an uncharacteristic 106 to the Nets. This is my NBA Playoff Game of the Day because it will be interesting to see what kind of defensive intensity the Bulls will play with after their defensive no-show in Game 1.

The tough-minded defense that Chicago has become known for under the tutelage of Tom Thibodeau was nowhere to be found in Chicago’s Game 1 loss on Saturday night. The Nets took an 11-point lead after one and never looked back. Brooklyn extended its lead to 25 points, 60-35, by the half. By the time it was all over and done with, the Nets had shot 55.8 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent beyond the three-point arc. Brooklyn also had six players (Deron Williams-22, Brook Lopez-21, Joe Johnson-16, Gerald Wallace-14, C.J. Watson-14 and Andray Blatche-12) score in double figures.

The Nets appear to be finding their collective offensive groove. Through 10 games during the month of April, including Saturday night’s Game 1, Brooklyn has averaged 103.2 points per game and has missed the century mark just twice.

The Bulls will have to compete much harder on the defensive side of the ball if they want to slow Brooklyn down and give themselves a chance at stealing home-court advantage from the Nets in Game 2.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Atlanta Hawks 90 Indiana Pacers 107 Pacers Pacers
Los Angeles Lakers 79 San Antonio Spurs 91 Spurs Spurs
Milwaukee Bucks 87 Miami Heat 110 Heat Heat
Houston Rockets 91 Oklahoma City Thunder 120 Thunder Thunder

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 4-0
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 7-1

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