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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: Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers Nets
7:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers
7:30 PM Sacramento Kings Miami Heat Heat
7:30 PM Charlotte Bobcats Detroit Pistons Pistons
7:30 PM Utah Jazz Atlanta Hawks Hawks
8:00 PM Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers Rockets
8:30 PM Toronto Raptors Dallas Mavericks Mavericks
9:00 PM Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets Nuggets
10:30 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Lakers Lakers

Danny Granger will make his season debut when the Indiana Pacers (20-5) host the Houston Rockets (17-9) in today’s NBA Game of the Day. Granger, who missed all but five games of last season, will return to an Indiana team that sits atop the Eastern Conference and has spent most of the season with the best record in the entire NBA.

Since completing a near perfect November with a 15-1 record, the Pacers have been a much more pedestrian 5-4 so far in December. Indiana, who suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season in its first two games of this week to the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat, will try to get back on track with a victory over Houston tonight.

The Rockets, who have dropped three of their last four road games, have lost three straight games to the Pacers. However, so far this season, Houston is an impressive 8-1 against the East, with the only loss coming in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers on the road back on November 13.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Chicago Bulls 95 Oklahoma City Thunder 107 Thunder Thunder
San Antonio Spurs 104 Golden State Warriors 102 Warriors Spurs

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 232-149

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Indiana Pacers 2013-2014 Game-by-Game Predictions

Actual 2012-2013 Record: 49-32; Random NBA Fan’s Predicted 2012-2013 Record: 48-34

The Indiana Pacers were absolutely stellar on the defensive end of the floor last season.  However, as great as the Pacers were defensively, their offense left much to be desired.  Indiana scored a paltry 94.7 points per game last season and this season, with an improved bench, the Pacers hope to improve upon that number.

Danny Granger, who missed all but five games last season, is expected to return to Indiana’s lineup this season and his presence (when he does return) should give the Pacers a boost offensively.  Granger is a career 18.1 points per game scorer and led Indiana in scoring five consecutive times before sitting out practically all of last season.  Granger’s ability to shoot from distance and spread the floor will free up more space for Roy Hibbert and David West to operate in the post.

In addition to getting Granger back, the Pacers added some scoring punch to their bench.  Chris Copeland, Luis Scola and C.J. Watson will provide some stability and more consistent scoring to Indiana’s second unit.  Watson will be a capable backup to starting point guard George Hill.  Copeland, who shot 42.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc last season with the New York Knicks, will stretch the floor.  Scola will give the Pacers’ second unit a legitimate low-post scorer that they can dump the ball into which should help limit some of the scoring droughts that Indiana was wont to have last season.

Last season, Paul George showed that he is an All-Star in this league.  His continued improvement, the return of Granger and Indiana’s improved bench should help the Pacers improve their offense while maintaining the top-notch defense that has become their calling card.

Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2013-2014 Indiana Pacers:

 

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