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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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New York Knicks 2013-2014 Game-by-Game Predictions

Actual 2012-2013 Record: 54-28; Random NBA Fan’s Predicted 2012-2013 Record: 44-38

Maybe the 2013-2014 season will be the season that Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks figure out how to be effective on both sides of the ball. Two seasons ago, New York, led by Tyson Chandler’s Defensive Player of the Year performance, finished the 2011-2012 lockout-shortened season ranked fifth in defensive efficiency, but the Knicks finished that season 19th in offensive efficiency. Last season, the Knicks were the third most efficient offensive team in the NBA, but their defensive efficiency dropped to 17th.

Some of New York’s defensive fall between the two seasons can be attributed to Chandler nursing a neck injury that forced him to miss 16 games last season. More of it, in my opinion, was due to the Knicks playing more small ball last season than they did the year prior. Another significant factor in New York’s defensive drop was the 27 games that second-year guard Iman Shumpert missed at the start of the season.

Shumpert will be in the lineup to begin this season and his ability to pressure the ball—and the addition of Metta World Peace—should take some of the pressure off of Chandler on the defensive end.

New York’s offensive efficiency last season was a result of incredible three-point shooting. Last season, the Knicks made an NBA-record 891 threes. However, three guys—Steve Novak, Jason Kidd and Chris Copeland—made 322 of those threes and those three guys are no longer in New York. Without those guys, it may be a difficult challenge for the Knicks to repeat last season’s offensive performance—from an efficiency standpoint.

But Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith are still in New York and they made 312 of those 891 threes. And if Shumpert can shoot 40.2 percent from behind the arc again this season, he could possibly make 100 threes himself. Add the threes that they will get from Metta World Peace and Andrea Bargnani, and the Knicks may still make 10 or so threes a game. Now, how efficiently they convert them remains to be seen.

The New York Knicks will have better balance offensively and defensively this season. No, they will not be in the top five in offensive and defensive efficiency. But they have the talent and the ability to crack the top 10 in both categories and if they do, they will secure their second consecutive 50-win season for the first time in nearly two decades.

Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2013-2014 New York Knicks:

 

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

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Indiana Pacers New York Knicks Knicks
9:30 PM Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Grizzlies

After getting pounded on the boards and dropping home-court advantage in Game 1, the New York Knicks will try to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Indiana Pacers in today’s NBA Playoff Game of the Day. New York was outrebounded (44-30), outshot (48.7 percent to 43.2 percent), and generally outplayed in Sunday’s 102-95 loss to the Pacers. If the Knicks want to avoid falling behind 2-0 in this series, they must play with much more energy and effort than they displayed on Sunday.

New York will also have to get better shooting performances from their offensive catalysts, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. In Game 1, Anthony and Smith combined to shoot an abysmal 14 of 43 from the field and just three of 10 from behind the three-point arc. Anthony and Smith didn’t shoot the ball well, but it was not because they were simply standing around chucking up jumpers. They aggressively attacked the basket—some might say a little too aggressively at times–and shot 16 of New York’s 23 free-throw attempts.

Roy Hibbert’s 7-foot-2-inch frame clogged the paint for Indiana and made it difficult for Anthony and Smith to convert when they attacked the rim. Hibbert, who finished with five blocks—one more than the entire Knicks team, did a great job of protecting the rim on Sunday and thoroughly outplayed his Knicks counterpart, Tyson Chandler.

For the Knicks to head to Indiana with the series tied at one game apiece, New York will have to get more than four points, three rebounds and 28 foul-plagued minutes from the former Defensive Player of the Year. Chandler doesn’t necessarily have to outplay Hibbert for the Knicks to win tonight, but he will have to compete much harder.

If Anthony and Smith can shoot the ball a bit more efficiently, or if Chandler can make an impact on the game, New York may be able to get a much-needed win tonight. But if they can get better shooting from Anthony and Smith and a better performance from Chandler, the Knicks will likely head to Indiana with the series tied 1-1 and an opportunity to regain home-court advantage when the series resumes on Saturday, May 11, for Game 3.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Chicago Bulls 93 Miami Heat 86 Heat Bulls
Golden State Warriors 127 San Antonio Spurs 129 Spurs Spurs

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 34-15

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2013 NBA Playoffs Game of the Day: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM New York Knicks Boston Celtics Knicks
10:30 PM San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers Spurs
10:30 PM Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Nuggets

Eleven days after the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon, the Boston Celtics will try to help a wounded city heal when they return to the TD Garden for their first home game since that fateful day. The Celtics will also be trying to get a much-needed win in their best-of-seven series with the New York Knicks. Boston trails New York two games to zip in their first-round playoff series. A Celtics win in today’s NBA Playoff Game of the Day would bring the city of Boston a little joy amidst the pain. It would also keep Boston from falling into—what has historically proven to be—an insurmountable 3-0 hole in the series.

Including the first two games of this series, the Celtics have dropped five straight to the Knicks. Boston has to figure out a way to score the ball and avoid offensive droughts to keep its chances of making a comeback in this series alive. During their five-game losing streak to New York, the Celtics have averaged an abysmal 81.8 points per game and have fallen short of the 90-point mark all five times. Although Carmelo Anthony is averaging 35 points a game so far in this series, Boston has done a great job of limiting a Knicks team that averaged 100 points a game during the regular season to a more pedestrian 86 points a game over the first two games of this series. As usual, defense has not been Boston’s problem. However, until the Celtics find some offensive cohesion, they will be hard pressed to find any meaningful success against the Knicks.

New York, who has a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since sweeping the Toronto Raptors 3-0 in the first-round of the 2000 NBA Playoffs, is trying to advance past the first round for the first time since making it to the Eastern Conference finals that same season. Since no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history, the Knicks could take a major step towards ending that 13-year series-win drought with a victory tonight. However, if New York loses, the Knicks just might find themselves in a tough battle with a proud, tough, veteran-laden, battle-tested Celtics team that will not just simply roll over and die.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Miami Heat 104 Milwaukee Bucks 91 Heat Heat
Brooklyn Nets 76 Chicago Bulls 79 Bulls Bulls
Los Angeles Clippers 82 Memphis Grizzlies 94 Grizzlies Grizzlies

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 3-0
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 15-4

NBA Game of the Day: Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
1:00 PM Los Angeles Clippers New York Knicks Knicks
3:30 PM Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat Heat
6:00 PM Denver Nuggets Boston Celtics Celtics
6:00 PM Portland Trail Blazers Orlando Magic Trail Blazers
6:00 PM New Orleans Hornets Toronto Raptors Hornets
6:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Memphis Grizzlies Timberwolves
8:00 PM San Antonio Spurs Brooklyn Nets Spurs
8:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Thunder
9:00 PM Houston Rockets Sacramento Kings Rockets

The New York Knicks will be looking for their 20th home win when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden in today’s NBA Game of the Day. This will be the first of just two meetings between the Knicks and Clippers this season.

The Knicks, who are on a five-game home winning streak, have won three of their last four games against the Clippers. Behind Carmelo Anthony’s 12-point fourth quarter, New York (32-16) overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 in its last outing. With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Knicks trailed the Timberwolves 87-76—and then Carmelo Anthony went on a scoring barrage. The league’s second-leading scorer scored 12 points between the 6:26 and 1:09 marks of the fourth as New York outscored the Timberwolves 24-7 to close out the game. The Knicks, who have opened February by winning four of five contests, avoided their third consecutive road loss to a sub .500 team with the win.

Los Angeles, who opened February with a 25-point loss to the Toronto Raptors, is just 1-4 so far this month and has dropped eight of its last 11 games. Six games into their eight-game Grammy road trip, the Clippers (35-17) are just 2-4. If they want to have any chance at pulling off a 4-4 trip, the Clippers need to find a way, any way, to get a win over the Knicks today.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Denver Nuggets 111 Cleveland Cavaliers 103 Nuggets Nuggets
Charlotte Bobcats 76 Philadelphia 76ers 87 76ers 76ers
Golden State Warriors 91 Dallas Mavericks 116 Mavericks Mavericks
Detroit Pistons 105 Milwaukee Bucks 100 Bucks Pistons
Utah Jazz 109 Sacramento Kings 120 Kings Kings

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 4-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 478-273

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