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Random NBA Fan’s Week 10 Prediction Results

Before the start of the season, I made predictions for all 1,230 games, and despite incorrectly predicting all of the games that involved the Milwaukee Bucks (4) (for the second consecutive week) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (3), my predictions for Week 10 were pretty solid.  I correctly predicted 31 of the 50 games that were played during the week (Monday, December 29 through Sunday, January 4) and correctly predicted each game for the Boston Celtics (3), Golden State Warriors (2), Los Angeles Clippers (3), Memphis Grizzlies (3), Oklahoma City Thunder (3), Philadelphia 76ers (3), San Antonio Spurs (3) and Washington Wizards (4).

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Result
12/29/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Charlotte Hornets Hornets Bucks
12/29/2014 Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers Bulls Bulls
12/29/2014 Sacramento Kings Brooklyn Nets Nets Nets
12/29/2014 Orlando Magic Miami Heat Heat Magic
12/29/2014 Washington Wizards Houston Rockets Wizards Wizards
12/29/2014 Utah Jazz Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Clippers
12/30/2014 Detroit Pistons Orlando Magic Pistons Pistons
12/30/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks Hawks Hawks
12/30/2014 Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Bulls Nets
12/30/2014 San Antonio Spurs Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
12/30/2014 Phoenix Suns New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Pelicans
12/30/2014 Washington Wizards Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
12/30/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets Nuggets Lakers
12/30/2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Utah Jazz Timberwolves Jazz
12/30/2014 Toronto Raptors Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
12/30/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
12/31/2014 Sacramento Kings Boston Celtics Celtics Celtics
12/31/2014 Miami Heat Indiana Pacers Pacers Pacers
12/31/2014 New York Knicks Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Clippers
12/31/2014 Charlotte Hornets Houston Rockets Rockets Rockets
12/31/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Bucks
12/31/2014 New Orleans Pelicans San Antonio Spurs Spurs Spurs
12/31/2014 Phoenix Suns Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Thunder
1/1/2015 Denver Nuggets Chicago Bulls Bulls Bulls
1/1/2015 Sacramento Kings Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Kings
1/2/2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Charlotte Hornets Hornets Cavaliers
1/2/2015 Brooklyn Nets Orlando Magic Nets Nets
1/2/2015 Dallas Mavericks Boston Celtics Mavericks Mavericks
1/2/2015 Detroit Pistons New York Knicks Knicks Pistons
1/2/2015 Houston Rockets New Orleans Pelicans Rockets Pelicans
1/2/2015 Washington Wizards Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Thunder
1/2/2015 Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks Bucks Pacers
1/2/2015 Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns Suns Suns
1/2/2015 Atlanta Hawks Utah Jazz Hawks Hawks
1/2/2015 Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
1/2/2015 Memphis Grizzlies Los Angeles Lakers Grizzlies Grizzlies
1/3/2015 Charlotte Hornets Orlando Magic Magic Hornets
1/3/2015 Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls Bulls Bulls
1/3/2015 Miami Heat Houston Rockets Heat Rockets
1/3/2015 Utah Jazz Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Jazz
1/3/2015 Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs Spurs Spurs
1/3/2015 Memphis Grizzlies Denver Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
1/3/2015 Atlanta Hawks Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Hawks
1/3/2015 Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Clippers
1/4/2015 Dallas Mavericks Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Mavericks
1/4/2015 Sacramento Kings Detroit Pistons Pistons Pistons
1/4/2015 Brooklyn Nets Miami Heat Nets Heat
1/4/2015 Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Knicks Bucks
1/4/2015 Toronto Raptors Phoenix Suns Raptors Suns
1/4/2015 Indiana Pacers Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Lakers
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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 NBA Playoffs: Day 15 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
5:30 PM Atlanta Hawks Indiana Pacers Pacers
8:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder
10:30 PM Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Clippers

Things to Watch For

The Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Indiana Pacers, who fought so hard for the East’s top seed so that Game 7 of a potential Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Miami Heat would be played within the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, find themselves facing a series deciding Game 7 a bit sooner than they expected. If the Pacers want to move on and keep their hopes of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals alive, Indiana will have to find a way to actually take advantage of its home-court advantage against the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers, who won an NBA-best 35 home games during the regular season, have dropped two of three at home against the Hawks this postseason. With their season on the line, will the Pacers actually be able to take advantage of their advantage?

What kind of adjustments will the Memphis Grizzlies make to cope with the loss of their leading scorer and rebounder Zach Randolph? The NBA suspended Randolph for Game 7 for punching Steve Adams late in Game 6. Ed Davis—who will probably start in Randolph’s place—and Kosta Koufos, who have combined to play a total of 62 minutes in this series, will likely get the bulk of Randolph’s minutes and one of them will have to come up big if the Grizzlies are going get a big road win in Oklahoma City tonight. The Thunder will likely be prepared for whatever adjustments the Grizzlies make. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season these teams have met 33 times, including 18 postseason matchups. The results are evenly matched with the Thunder winning 16 games and the Grizzlies winning 17. Nine of the matchups have gone to overtime, including four of the first six games of this series. These teams know each other well, and no matter who takes the floor tonight, this will be a hotly-contested battle and the team that plays to win—and not to lose—will advance to the second round.

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from advancing past the first round in two consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly four decades. To make that happen, the Warriors will have to get a road win over the Los Angeles Clippers, who will be hosting their very first Game 7 in franchise history. After a Game 6 that was decided by a single point, 100-99, look for both teams to give absolutely everything that they have. There is no love lost between these teams and whatever they each have will be left out there on the Staples Center floor.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Toronto Raptors 83 Brooklyn Nets 97 Nets Nets
San Antonio Spurs 111 Dallas Mavericks 113 Spurs Mavericks
Houston Rockets 98 Portland Trail Blazers 99 Rockets Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 23-22

***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 13 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Indiana Pacers Atlanta Hawks Pacers
8:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Memphis Grizzlies Thunder
10:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Golden State Warriors Clippers

Things to Watch For

The Eastern Conference’s top-seeded Indiana Pacers find themselves behind the eight ball, literally.  Indiana trails the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks three games to two in their first-round playoff matchup and face elimination in tonight’s all-important Game 6.  The Pacers will try to avoid elimination and the embarrassment of a first-round failure in a building where they have done a lot more losing than winning over the past nine years.  Since an 84-79 road win over the Hawks back on February 5, 2005, Indiana has lost 19 of its last 25 visits to Atlanta—including three of five postseason games.  Will the Pacers find a way to play with the determination and drive needed to extend this series to a decisive seventh game back in Indiana?

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Western Conference’s second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder will also be trying to avoid a disappointing first-round elimination when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies for Game 6 of their playoff series tonight.  The tables could have easily been turned with each of the last four games of the series going to overtime and being decided by a total of 13 points—including a one-point, 100-99, overtime decision in Tuesday night’s Game 5.  But the Grizzlies are the team that grinded out three overtime wins and are just now one win from becoming the second seven seed to upset a two seed.  Now it is up to Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder to find a way—any way—to get a win tonight to avoid that fate and push this series to a seventh game.  This series has truly been a battle between two teams that know each other very well and there is no reason for the basketball gods to deny basketball fans a Game 7 in this series.

I predicted the Clippers to win this series in six games, and if Los Angeles defeats the Warriors tonight, this would be the one series where both parts of my prediction would actually come to fruition.  In order for the Clippers to close out this series they will have to get a win in a building where they have lost 16 of their last 19 visits—including a 21-point, 118-97, loss in Sunday’s Game 4.  One of the three wins came in Game 3 of this series, and if Los Angeles closes out this series with a victory in Oakland tonight, it would be the first time that the Clippers would get two road wins over the Warriors in the same season in nearly 10 years.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Dallas Mavericks 103 San Antonio Spurs 109 Spurs Spurs
Brooklyn Nets 113 Toronto Raptors 115 Nets Raptors
Portland Trail Blazers 98 Houston Rockets 108 Rockets Rockets


Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games:
2-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 20-19

***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 Eleven Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM Washington Wizards Chicago Bulls Bulls
9:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder
10:30 PM Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Clippers

Things to Watch For

Will the Bulls go easily into that good night or will they stand up and fight with enough passion and zeal to earn the right to fight yet another night? The Washington Wizards have a commanding 3-1 lead as the series heads back to Chicago, where the Bulls have lost five consecutive postseason games by an average of 9.4 points. If they want to extend their season, Joakim Noah and the Bulls will have to put an end to their unenviable home playoff losing streak. How incredibly disappointing would it be to earn home-court advantage and then totally waste it by losing all three games—including the elimination game—at home?

Despite another dismal shooting performance by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder—behind a playoff career-best 32-point performance from Reggie Jackson—were able to earn a 92-89 overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 to tie the series at two games apiece. Durant and Westbrook shot a combined 11 for 45 from the field and scored a total of 30 points between them in Game 4. Yet, despite the inefficiency of their two superstars, the Thunder were still able to do just enough to regain home-court advantage in this series. Look for Durant and Westbrook to shoot better tonight as they bounce back from their disappointing Game 4 performance and do their part to help Oklahoma City maintain its home-court advantage.

Unfortunately, most of the things to look and watch for in the Clippers-Warriors matchup in Los Angeles tonight have absolutely nothing to do with basketball. How many fans will show up for the game? Will the fans that do show up root for their team wholeheartedly, or will they also make some type of protest to express their discontent with Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his alleged insensitive and racist comments? Will the Clippers players make some type of protest of their own? Amidst this disturbing controversy and questions like these a basketball game will presumably be played. Unfortunately, and due to no fault of their own, whatever kind of performance the Clippers and Warriors put on in tonight’s game will be overshadowed by this Donald Sterling mess. Yet, with the series tied at two games apiece, this is a monumental game for both teams and these young men will do what they can to escape the chaos and hopefully find some refuge and solace on the basketball court, where they can do what it is that they do best.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Miami Heat 109 Charlotte Bobcats 98 Heat Heat
Atlanta Hawks 107 Indiana Pacers 97 Pacers Hawks
San Antonio Spurs 93 Dallas Mavericks 89 Spurs Spurs

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 2-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 17-16

***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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