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2014-2015 NBA Western 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 Western Conference:

1. San Antonio Spurs (62-20)

With a refreshed Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker (neither played for their national teams this summer), the Spurs have a legitimate chance to win 60 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (58-24)

Kevin Durant held down the fort early last season while his All-Star teammate, Russell Westbrook, recovered from a knee injury.  Can Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder return the favor this season as Durant recovers from a foot injury.

3. Los Angeles Clippers (56-26) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 34-18 in Conference

Los Angeles has improved its win total in each of the past five seasons which culminated in a franchise high 57 wins last season.  Even if the Clippers cannot improve its win total a sixth straight time, a third consecutive 50-win season is clearly in the cards.

4. Memphis Grizzlies (56-26) 4th tiebreaker, predicted to go 32-20 in Conference

The Grizzlies, who got 50 wins in Dave Joerger’s first season as an NBA head coach despite Marc Gasol missing 23 games last season, should improve on that number with a healthy Gasol, a newly acquired Vince Carter and a full year under Joerger’s system.

5. Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)

Damian Lillard has played all 82 games in each of his first two seasons.  Even if he cannot extend that streak to a third straight season, the stability that veterans like Steve Blake and Chris Kaman will bring to Portland’s second unit will keep the Trail Blazers relevant in the Western Conference this season.

6. Houston Rockets (53-29)

No they didn’t sign Chris Bosh and yes they lost some depth when they traded away Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, but the Rockets still have an All-Star duo in James Harden and Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza fits nicely into the space departed by Chandler Parsons.

7. Golden State Warriors (51-31)

The firing of Mark Jackson and the hiring of Steve Kerr leaves the Warriors in the same relative position in the West—a playoff team in the bottom half of the bracket that will need a favorable matchup to get past the first round.

8. Dallas Mavericks (47-35) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 14-17 against predicted playoff teams in West—includes four games against the Los Angeles Lakers

Although they have reacquired Tyson Chandler, whose mere presence should improve their defense, the Mavericks gave up a reliable point guard in Jose Calderon.  With Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton manning the point, it is unlikely that Dallas’ offense will be as efficient as it was last season and if Chandler, who has missed 43 games in the past two seasons, misses any significant time the Mavericks’ defense will struggle as well.

9. Los Angeles Lakers (47-35) 5th tiebreaker, predicted to go 12-17 against predicted playoff teams in West—includes four games against the Dallas Mavericks

10. Denver Nuggets (44-38)

11. Phoenix Suns (39-43)

12. New Orleans Pelicans (32-50)

13. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51)

14. Sacramento Kings (28-54)

15. Utah Jazz (20-62)

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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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NBA Game of the Day: Detroit Pistons at Miami Heat

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Magic
7:30 PM Denver Nuggets Brooklyn Nets Nets
7:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Boston Celtics Celtics
7:30 PM Detroit Pistons Miami Heat Heat
8:00 PM Phoenix Suns Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies
8:30 PM Charlotte Bobcats Dallas Mavericks Mavericks
10:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Sacramento Kings Thunder
10:30 PM Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors Warriors

The Miami Heat (14-3) will go for their 11th consecutive win when they host the Detroit Pistons (7-10) in today’s NBA Game of the Day. And were it not for a buzzer-beating three pointer by Jeff Green that gave the Boston Celtics a 111-110 road win over Miami back on November 9, the Heat would be seeking their 15th straight win.

Prior to Green’s heroics, the Heat had won their previous three games by an average of eight points. Since that home loss, Miami has strung together 10 consecutive victories by an average of 12.5 points per game. In their last outing, the Heat, behind 13 straight points by Chris Bosh, came from behind to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats for the 14th straight time.

That was Miami’s sixth straight home win and the Heat will try to close out a brief two-game homestand with their sixth consecutive home win over the Detroit Pistons. Since LeBron James and Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Heat have defeated the Pistons five straight times at AmericanAirlines Arena by an average of 17 points a game. In fact, Miami has won nine of the last 10 meetings between these two teams with the only loss coming in Detroit on December 28, 2012.

At 7-10 the Pistons are one of 12 Eastern Conference teams who currently have records below .500. Despite being three games below .500, Detroit is one of the top eight teams in the weak and struggling Eastern Conference and the Pistons would remain among the top eight in the East even if they lose to the Heat tonight.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Orlando Magic 80 Washington Wizards 98 Wizards Wizards
New Orleans Pelicans 131 3OT Chicago Bulls 128 Bulls Pelicans
Atlanta Hawks 100 San Antonio Spurs 102 Spurs Spurs
Houston Rockets 103 Utah Jazz 109 Rockets Jazz
Indiana Pacers 102 Portland Trail Blazers 106 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 3-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 165-95

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NBA Game of the Day: Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Orlando Magic Indiana Pacers Pacers
8:00 PM Chicago Bulls Miami Heat Heat
10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Clippers

My fellow NBA fans, our beloved NBA is back and the two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat will begin their title defense against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Before the game starts, the Heat will get their rings and raise another banner to the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena.

This game will also mark Rose’s return to the hardwood. After suffering a knee injury during the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Rose sat out the entire 2012-2013 campaign and looks to lead the Bulls back to Eastern Conference prominence. Chicago finished the regular season with the best record in the entire NBA in both 2011 and 2012. And since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the Bulls have won seven of the 11 regular season matchups between these two teams. However, the Heat have eliminated Chicago from the postseason two of the past three years.

There is no love lost between these teams; and James and the Heat have something that Rose and the Bulls desperately want. While it may only be the first game of the season, this will be a dramatic and exciting game in which Rose and the Bulls will try to announce that they are indeed back. It is fitting that Rose will make his return and get his first test against the defending champions. A championship is something that Rose covets and he and the Bulls know that at some point or another they will have to go through the Heat to get what they truly desire. And though nothing between these teams can be settled until the postseason rolls along, it will be fun to watch these two Eastern Conference titans do battle and feel each other out.

Random NBA Fan’s Final 2012-2013 Regular-Season Record: 777-452

Miami Heat 2013-2014 Game-by-Game Predictions

Actual 2012-2013 Record: 66-16; Random NBA Fan’s Predicted 2012-2013 Record: 62-20

After a franchise high 66-win season, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat head into the 2013-2014 season with largely the same team in place. Gone from the roster are Juwan Howard (transitioning into an assistant coach with the Heat) and Mike Miller (waived via the amnesty provision of the collective bargaining agreement).  Combined, Howard and Miller played a total of 951 minutes and scored a total of 302 points for the Heat during the 2012-2013 campaign.  So Miami will not miss much in terms of on-court production by their departures.

Besides, the Heat have replaced Howard and Miller with younger players who have the talent to potentially make substantial contributions before the season ends.  Miami signed Greg Oden, the number one overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, to a two-year deal at the veteran’s minimum.  The Heat also reacquired Michael Beasley, who they selected with the second overall pick in 2008, on a non-guaranteed deal.  These two low-risk signings have the potential to bring great rewards to Miami.

When and if Oden (who has been limited to just 82 games during his NBA career due to knee problems) hits the floor for the Heat, his presence will directly address one of Miami’s primary shortcomings.  Last season, the Heat averaged an NBA-worst 38.6 rebounds per game.  If healthy, the seven-foot, 273 pound Oden will give the Heat a skilled rebounder and rim protector who can be an interior presence for them.

If Beasley makes the team—and can be on his best behavior—he can possibly become a dynamic scorer for the Heat.  Beasley could also serve as a potential insurance policy against Dwyane Wade’s aging knees.

Whether Oden or Beasley will pan out in Miami remains to be seen, but both signings were well worth the risks.  Besides, the Heat will have Chris “Birdman” Andersen, last season’s low-risk, high-reward signing, for the entire 2013-2014 campaign.  Last season, Andersen joined the Heat 38 games into the season and his energy and tenacity proved to be beneficial to Miami.  The Heat finished the season a remarkable 40-4 and had a 27-game winning streak with Andersen in the lineup.

Miami’s amazing run had much more to do with the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh than it did with Andersen, but Andersen’s energy probably made a substantial difference in a few of those games.

With James, Wade and Bosh leading the way the Heat will certainly win their fourth consecutive Southeast Division title.  But if the defending champion Miami Heat are to three-peat, it will likely be Andersen’s energy and some positive contributions from either Oden or Beasley that will put them over the top.

Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2013-2014 Miami Heat:

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Record
October/November
10/29/2013 Chicago Bulls Miami Heat Heat 1-0
10/30/2013 Miami Heat Philadelphia 76ers Heat 2-0
11/1/2013 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets 2-1
11/3/2013 Washington Wizards Miami Heat Heat 3-1
11/5/2013 Miami Heat Toronto Raptors Heat 4-1
11/7/2013 Los Angeles Clippers Miami Heat Heat 5-1
11/9/2013 Boston Celtics Miami Heat Heat 6-1
11/12/2013 Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat Heat 7-1
11/15/2013 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat Heat 8-1
11/16/2013 Miami Heat Charlotte Bobcats Heat 9-1
11/19/2013 Atlanta Hawks Miami Heat Heat 10-1
11/20/2013 Miami Heat Orlando Magic Magic 10-2
11/23/2013 Orlando Magic Miami Heat Heat 11-2
11/25/2013 Phoenix Suns Miami Heat Heat 12-2
11/27/2013 Miami Heat Cleveland Cavaliers Heat 13-2
11/29/2013 Miami Heat Toronto Raptors Heat 14-2
December
12/1/2013 Charlotte Bobcats Miami Heat Heat 15-2
12/3/2013 Detroit Pistons Miami Heat Heat 16-2
12/5/2013 Miami Heat Chicago Bulls Bulls 16-3
12/7/2013 Miami Heat Minnesota Timberwolves Heat 17-3
12/8/2013 Miami Heat Detroit Pistons Heat 18-3
12/10/2013 Miami Heat Indiana Pacers Pacers 18-4
12/14/2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Miami Heat Heat 19-4
12/16/2013 Utah Jazz Miami Heat Heat 20-4
12/18/2013 Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Heat 21-4
12/20/2013 Sacramento Kings Miami Heat Heat 22-4
12/23/2013 Atlanta Hawks Miami Heat Heat 23-4
12/25/2013 Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers Heat 24-4
12/27/2013 Miami Heat Sacramento Kings Heat 25-4
12/28/2013 Miami Heat Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers 25-5
12/30/2013 Miami Heat Denver Nuggets Heat 26-5
January
1/2/2013 Golden State Warriors Miami Heat Warriors 26-6
1/4/2013 Miami Heat Orlando Magic Heat 27-6
1/5/2013 Toronto Raptors Miami Heat Heat 28-6
1/7/2013 New Orleans Pelicans Miami Heat Heat 29-6
1/9/2013 Miami Heat New York Knicks Knicks 29-7
1/10/2013 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets 29-8
1/15/2013 Miami Heat Washington Wizards Heat 30-8
1/17/2013 Miami Heat Philadelphia 76ers Heat 31-8
1/18/2013 Miami Heat Charlotte Bobcats Heat 32-8
1/20/2013 Miami Heat Atlanta Hawks Heat 33-8
1/21/2013 Boston Celtics Miami Heat Heat 34-8
1/23/2013 Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat Heat 35-8
1/26/2013 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat Heat 36-8
1/29/2013 Oklahoma City Thunder Miami Heat Heat 37-8
February
2/1/2013 Miami Heat New York Knicks Heat 38-8
2/3/2013 Detroit Pistons Miami Heat Heat 39-8
2/5/2013 Miami Heat Los Angeles Clippers Clippers 39-9
2/8/2013 Miami Heat Utah Jazz Heat 40-9
2/11/2013 Miami Heat Phoenix Suns Heat 41-9
2/12/2013 Miami Heat Golden State Warriors Heat 42-9
2/18/2013 Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks Heat 43-9
2/20/2013 Miami Heat Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder 43-10
2/23/2013 Chicago Bulls Miami Heat Bulls 43-11
2/27/2013 New York Knicks Miami Heat Knicks 43-12
March
3/1/2013 Orlando Magic Miami Heat Heat 44-12
3/3/2013 Charlotte Bobcats Miami Heat Heat 45-12
3/4/2013 Miami Heat Houston Rockets Rockets 45-13
3/6/2013 Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs Spurs 45-14
3/9/2013 Miami Heat Chicago Bulls Heat 46-14
3/10/2013 Washington Wizards Miami Heat Heat 47-14
3/12/2013 Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Heat 48-14
3/14/2013 Denver Nuggets Miami Heat Heat 49-14
3/16/2013 Houston Rockets Miami Heat Heat 50-14
3/18/2013 Miami Heat Cleveland Cavaliers Heat 51-14
3/19/2013 Miami Heat Boston Celtics Celtics 51-15
3/21/2013 Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat Heat 52-15
3/22/2013 Miami Heat New Orleans Pelicans Heat 53-15
3/24/2013 Portland Trail Blazers Miami Heat Heat 54-15
3/26/2013 Miami Heat Indiana Pacers Heat 55-15
3/28/2013 Miami Heat Detroit Pistons Pistons 55-16
3/29/2013 Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks Bucks 55-17
3/31/2013 Toronto Raptors Miami Heat Heat 56-17
April
4/2/2013 Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat Heat 57-17
4/4/2013 Minnesota Timberwolves Miami Heat Heat 58-17
4/6/2013 New York Knicks Miami Heat Heat 59-17
4/8/2013 Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Nets 59-18
4/9/2013 Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies 59-19
4/11/2013 Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Pacers 59-20
4/12/2013 Miami Heat Atlanta Hawks Heat 60-20
4/14/2013 Miami Heat Washington Wizards Wizards 60-21
4/16/2013 Philadelphia 76ers Miami Heat Heat 61-21

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