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Random NBA Fan’s Week 7 Prediction Results

Before the start of the season, I made predictions for all 1,230 games. Despite correctly predicting each game for the Los Angeles Lakers (3), Memphis Grizzlies (3) and Milwaukee Bucks (2), Week 7 (Monday, December 8 through Sunday, December 14) was a pretty bad week for me.  I failed to correctly predict any games for five different teams—the Atlanta Hawks (4), Brooklyn Nets (4), Houston Rockets (3), New York Knicks (4) and Orlando Magic (3)—which led to my first sub-.500 (23-31) week of the season.

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Result
12/8/2014 Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers Pacers Hawks
12/8/2014 Boston Celtics Washington Wizards Celtics Wizards
12/8/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Brooklyn Nets Nets Cavaliers
12/8/2014 Denver Nuggets Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
12/8/2014 Golden State Warriors Minnesota Timberwolves Warriors Warriors
12/8/2014 Utah Jazz Sacramento Kings Jazz Kings
12/8/2014 Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Clippers Suns Clippers
12/9/2014 Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
12/9/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Detroit Pistons Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
12/9/2014 Dallas Mavericks Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
12/9/2014 New York Knicks New Orleans Pelicans Knicks Pelicans
12/9/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Thunder
12/9/2014 Miami Heat Phoenix Suns Heat Heat
12/9/2014 San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz Spurs Jazz
12/9/2014 Sacramento Kings Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Lakers
12/10/2014 Boston Celtics Charlotte Hornets Hornets Hornets
12/10/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Indiana Pacers Clippers Clippers
12/10/2014 Washington Wizards Orlando Magic Magic Wizards
12/10/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Atlanta Hawks 76ers Hawks
12/10/2014 Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Nets Bulls
12/10/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Minnesota Timberwolves Trail Blazers Timberwolves
12/10/2014 New York Knicks San Antonio Spurs Knicks Spurs
12/10/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
12/10/2014 Houston Rockets Golden State Warriors Rockets Warriors
12/10/2014 Miami Heat Denver Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
12/11/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Oklahoma City Thunder Cavaliers Thunder
12/11/2014 Houston Rockets Sacramento Kings Kings Rockets
12/12/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls Trail Blazers Bulls
12/12/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Washington Wizards Clippers Wizards
12/12/2014 Orlando Magic Atlanta Hawks Magic Hawks
12/12/2014 New York Knicks Boston Celtics Celtics Knicks
12/12/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets 76ers Nets
12/12/2014 Indiana Pacers Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
12/12/2014 Charlotte Hornets Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
12/12/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Thunder
12/12/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Pelicans
12/12/2014 Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns Suns Pistons
12/12/2014 Miami Heat Utah Jazz Jazz Heat
12/12/2014 Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs Lakers Lakers
12/13/2014 Golden State Warriors Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Warriors
12/13/2014 Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Hornets Hornets Nets
12/13/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Indiana Pacers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
12/13/2014 Atlanta Hawks Orlando Magic Hawks Magic
12/13/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Milwaukee Bucks Bucks Bucks
12/13/2014 Memphis Grizzlies Philadelphia 76ers Grizzlies Grizzlies
12/13/2014 Denver Nuggets Houston Rockets Nuggets Rockets
12/13/2014 Detroit Pistons Sacramento Kings Kings Pistons
12/14/2014 Golden State Warriors New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Warriors
12/14/2014 Chicago Bulls Miami Heat Bulls Bulls
12/14/2014 Utah Jazz Washington Wizards Wizards Wizards
12/14/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves Lakers Lakers
12/14/2014 Phoenix Suns Oklahoma City Thunder Suns Thunder
12/14/2014 Toronto Raptors New York Knicks Knicks Raptors
12/14/2014 San Antonio Spurs Denver Nuggets Spurs Spurs
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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 26 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Nets
9:30 PM Portland Trail Blazers San Antonio Spurs Trail Blazers

Things to Watch For

Do the Brooklyn Nets have enough left in them to extend this series? The Nets trail the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat 3-1 and are on the brink of elimination. If the Nets, who defeated the Heat in Miami twice during the regular, can find a way to hand Miami its first postseason home loss since Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Brooklyn will host at least one more game in the Barclays Center this season. If not, Brooklyn’s season will come to an end. The Heat, who had their eight-game postseason winning streak snapped by Brooklyn in Game 3 of this series, will be seeking their eighth consecutive postseason home win tonight. Can the Nets possibly snap two different Heat playoff winning streaks in less than a week?

Finally, after I had been imploring him to do so from the very beginning of the series, Terry Stotts assigned Nicolas Batum the task of defending Tony Parker. The results were favorable for the Trail Blazers. Batum limited San Antonio’s point guard, who averaged 26 points and 8.3 assists in the first three games of the series, to just 14 points and one assist in Portland’s 103-92 Game 4 victory. Since it worked in Game 4, I fully expect Stotts to keep Batum on Parker in tonight’s Game 5. The question is, with the series shifting back to San Antonio for tonight’s Game 5, whether that will be enough to help the Trail Blazers force a Game 6 back in Portland on Friday night.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Washington Wizards 102 Indiana Pacers 79 Pacers Wizards
Los Angeles Clippers 104 Oklahoma City Thunder 105 Thunder Thunder

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 41-27

***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 24 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets
10:30 PM San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers

Things to Watch For

Can the Brooklyn Nets hand the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat consecutive postseason losses since the Boston Celtics defeated them three straight times during the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals?  That Celtics team was led by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.  And although their on-court production in Brooklyn’s Game 3 victory may pale in comparison to the numbers that they put up two years ago, the contributions of Garnett and Pierce were instrumental in Game 3.  The Nets will need to feed off of the leadership and experience of Garnett and Pierce again in Game 4 if Brooklyn wants to tie this series up at two games apiece.

Can the Portland Trail Blazers, who I predicted would win two games in this series, get a home win and avoid the sweep?  The Spurs have thoroughly dominated this series through three games.  San Antonio has won each game by double digits and the average margin of victory has been a whopping 18.7 points per game.  Portland has held the lead in this series for a total of 17 seconds.  Now, it basically comes down to pride for the young Trail Blazers.  No one wants to get swept, and maybe, just maybe, Portland can draw on that pride and find a way to extend this series—and keep my prediction of Spurs in six alive.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Oklahoma City Thunder 99 Los Angeles Clippers 101 Clippers Clippers
Indiana Pacers 95 Washington Wizards 92 Pacers Pacers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 2-0
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 39-25

***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 22 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets
10:30 PM San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers

Things to Watch For

How will Deron Williams respond to his zero-point, 0-for-9-shooting performance in Thursday night’s Game 2? That was Williams’ first postseason donut in 60 career playoff games. The Nets will have to get much more production from their point guard in tonight’s Game 3 if they want to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

Will a change of scenery and a raucous crowd be enough to energize the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal matchup with the reigning Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs? The Trail Blazers suffered two blowout losses in San Antonio to open the series. With the series now shifting to Portland, the Trail Blazers will have an opportunity to defend their home court, where they have defeated the Spurs nine times in 11 games over the past six years. Also, with Mo Williams likely to miss the Game 3 due to a groin injury, Damian Lillard may have to go the full 48 tonight.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Indiana Pacers 85 Washington Wizards 63 Pacers Pacers
Oklahoma City Thunder 118 Los Angeles Clippers 112 Thunder Thunder


Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games:
2-0
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 36-24

***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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