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Random NBA Fan’s Week 4 Prediction Results

Before the start of the season, I made predictions for all 1,230 games.  Through four weeks, I have correctly predicted the results of 124 of the 197 games that have been played.  For Week 4 (Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23), I correctly predicted just 29 of the 52 games that were played, which was the result of correctly predicting each game for only three teams—Portland Trail Blazers (3), Utah Jazz (3) and Washington Wizards (3)—for the week.

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Result
11/17/2014 Dallas Mavericks Charlotte Hornets Hornets Mavericks
11/17/2014 Denver Nuggets Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Nuggets
11/17/2014 Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics Suns Suns
11/17/2014 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets Nets Heat
11/17/2014 Orlando Magic Detroit Pistons Pistons Magic
11/17/2014 Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
11/17/2014 Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs Spurs Spurs
11/17/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
11/17/2014 Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Bulls
11/18/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Atlanta Hawks Hawks Lakers
11/18/2014 New York Knicks Milwaukee Bucks Knicks Bucks
11/18/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Utah Jazz Jazz Jazz
11/18/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Sacramento Kings Kings Pelicans
11/19/2014 San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Spurs
11/19/2014 Charlotte Hornets Indiana Pacers Pacers Pacers
11/19/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Orlando Magic Clippers Clippers
11/19/2014 Boston Celtics Philadelphia 76ers 76ers Celtics
11/19/2014 Dallas Mavericks Washington Wizards Mavericks Mavericks
11/19/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Brooklyn Nets Nets Bucks
11/19/2014 Phoenix Suns Detroit Pistons Pistons Suns
11/19/2014 Memphis Grizzlies Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
11/19/2014 New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Timberwolves
11/19/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Denver Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
11/19/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets Rockets Lakers
11/20/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Miami Heat Heat Clippers
11/20/2014 Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings Bulls Kings
11/21/2014 Orlando Magic Charlotte Hornets Hornets Magic
11/21/2014 Phoenix Suns Philadelphia 76ers Suns Suns
11/21/2014 Detroit Pistons Atlanta Hawks Hawks Hawks
11/21/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
11/21/2014 Boston Celtics Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
11/21/2014 San Antonio Spurs Minnesota Timberwolves Timberwolves Spurs
11/21/2014 Brooklyn Nets Oklahoma City Thunder Nets Nets
11/21/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards Wizards Wizards
11/21/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
11/21/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Denver Nuggets Nuggets Nuggets
11/21/2014 Utah Jazz Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
11/21/2014 Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
11/22/2014 Phoenix Suns Indiana Pacers Pacers Suns
11/22/2014 Miami Heat Orlando Magic Heat Heat
11/22/2014 Toronto Raptors Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Raptors
11/22/2014 Philadelphia 76ers New York Knicks Knicks Knicks
11/22/2014 Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Rockets Rockets
11/22/2014 Sacramento Kings Minnesota Timberwolves Kings Kings
11/22/2014 Washington Wizards Milwaukee Bucks Wizards Wizards
11/22/2014 Brooklyn Nets San Antonio Spurs Spurs Spurs
11/22/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Utah Jazz Pelicans Pelicans
11/23/2014 Los Angeles Clippers Memphis Grizzlies Clippers Grizzlies
11/23/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Boston Celtics Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
11/23/2014 Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat Hornets Heat
11/23/2014 Golden State Warriors Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Warriors
11/23/2014 Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Nuggets
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Random NBA Fan’s Week 3 Prediction Results

Before the start of the season, I made predictions for all 1,230 games.  Through three weeks, I have correctly predicted the results of 95 of the 145 games that have been played.  For the third consecutive week I correctly predicted the result of each game played by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In addition to correctly predicting all three games that the Timberwolves played during Week 3 (Monday, November 10 through Sunday, November 16), I also correctly predicted each game for the Boston Celtics (2), Cleveland Cavaliers (3), Dallas Mavericks (3), Memphis Grizzlies (3), New Orleans Pelicans (3), Philadelphia 76ers (2) and Washington Wizards (2), which led to me correctly picking 31 of the 48 games played for the week.

 

Date Visitor Home Prediction Result
11/10/2014 New Orleans Pelicans Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
11/10/2014 Utah Jazz Indiana Pacers Pacers Pacers
11/10/2014 Atlanta Hawks New York Knicks Knicks Hawks
11/10/2014 Detroit Pistons Chicago Bulls Bulls Bulls
11/10/2014 San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Spurs
11/11/2014 Orlando Magic Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
11/11/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
11/11/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Milwaukee Bucks Thunder Bucks
11/11/2014 Sacramento Kings Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
11/11/2014 Charlotte Hornets Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
11/11/2014 San Antonio Spurs Golden State Warriors Warriors Spurs
11/12/2014 Detroit Pistons Washington Wizards Wizards Wizards
11/12/2014 Utah Jazz Atlanta Hawks Hawks Hawks
11/12/2014 Oklahoma City Thunder Boston Celtics Thunder Thunder
11/12/2014 Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Heat Pacers
11/12/2014 Orlando Magic New York Knicks Knicks Magic
11/12/2014 Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Pelicans
11/12/2014 Portland Trail Blazers Denver Nuggets Nuggets Trail Blazers
11/12/2014 Brooklyn Nets Phoenix Suns Nets Suns
11/12/2014 Houston Rockets Minnesota Timberwolves Rockets Rockets
11/13/2014 Sacramento Kings Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
11/13/2014 Chicago Bulls Toronto Raptors Raptors Bulls
11/13/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
11/13/2014 Brooklyn Nets Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
11/14/2014 Denver Nuggets Indiana Pacers Nuggets Nuggets
11/14/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Orlando Magic Magic Magic
11/14/2014 Miami Heat Atlanta Hawks Hawks Hawks
11/14/2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics Cavaliers Cavaliers
11/14/2014 Utah Jazz New York Knicks Knicks Jazz
11/14/2014 Philadelphia 76ers Houston Rockets Rockets Rockets
11/14/2014 Minnesota Timberwolves New Orleans Pelicans Pelicans Pelicans
11/14/2014 Detroit Pistons Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Pistons
11/14/2014 Charlotte Hornets Phoenix Suns Suns Hornets
11/14/2014 San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers Spurs Spurs
11/15/2014 Orlando Magic Washington Wizards Wizards Wizards
11/15/2014 Atlanta Hawks Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers Cavaliers
11/15/2014 Utah Jazz Toronto Raptors Raptors Raptors
11/15/2014 Indiana Pacers Chicago Bulls Bulls Pacers
11/15/2014 Detroit Pistons Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies Grizzlies
11/15/2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Dallas Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks
11/15/2014 Brooklyn Nets Portland Trail Blazers Trail Blazers Trail Blazers
11/15/2014 San Antonio Spurs Sacramento Kings Spurs Kings
11/15/2014 Charlotte Hornets Golden State Warriors Warriors Warriors
11/15/2014 Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Clippers Clippers Clippers
11/16/2014 Denver Nuggets New York Knicks Knicks Knicks
11/16/2014 Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat Heat Bucks
11/16/2014 Houston Rockets Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Rockets
11/16/2014 Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Warriors
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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 27 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
8:00 PM Indiana Pacers Washington Wizards Pacers
10:30 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Los Angeles Clippers Thunder

Things to Watch For

Which Indiana Pacers team will show up tonight? Just when Roy Hibbert and the Pacers got us to start believing that they might have their mojo back, they had what can arguably be called their worst performance of the season in Tuesday night’s Game 5. With an opportunity to win four consecutive postseason games for the first time since the opening round of the 2012 playoffs, Hibbert and the Pacers put up a resounding dud against the Wizards Tuesday night. After a solid 17-point, nine-rebound performance in Game 4, Hibbert finished Game 5 with just four points and two rebounds as Indiana got totally pummeled on the boards, 62-23, en route to a 102-79 thrashing on their home floor. Now the series shifts to Washington, where the Wizards are just 1-3 this postseason, including consecutive losses to the Pacers in Games 3 and 4 of this series.

How will Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers respond after blowing a seven-point lead in the final 49 seconds of Game 5? Paul and the Clippers were less than a minute away from taking a 3-2 series lead and stealing home-court advantage away from the Thunder before a series of mistakes left the door open for Oklahoma City. Now Los Angeles finds itself down 3-2 and, instead of having an opportunity to close out the series at home tonight, the Clippers find themselves trying to force a series-deciding Game 7 back in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Look for Paul and the Clippers to bring everything they have to tonight’s matchup and to leave all that they’ve got on the Staples Center floor tonight. Whether that will be enough to keep the Thunder from advancing to the Western Conference finals for the third time in four seasons remains to be seen.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Brooklyn Nets 94 Miami Heat 96 Nets Heat
Portland Trail Blazers 82 San Antonio Spurs 104 Trail Blazers Spurs

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 0-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 41-29

***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 25 Predictions

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Time (ET) Visitor Home Prediction
7:00 PM Washington Wizards Indiana Pacers Pacers
9:30 PM Los Angeles Clippers Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder

Things to Watch For

Can the Indiana Pacers finish off the Washington Wizards in Game 5 tonight and earn their second consecutive trip to the Easter Conference finals?  After dropping Game 1 of the series 102-96 at home, the Pacers have appeared to regain their collective swagger.  Since that loss, Indiana has tightened the screws defensively.  In the last three games, the Pacers have not allowed Washington to reach the century mark and have limited the Wizards to just 79 points on average, and in Game 3 of the series they held Washington to a franchise-low 63 points.  If Indiana plays with that type of defensive intensity tonight, the Pacers will likely defeat the Wizards in five games just as I predicted in my Second Round Predictions.

How will the Oklahoma City Thunder respond after blowing a 16-point lead in the final 9:18 of Game 4?  The Thunder were less than 10 minutes away from taking a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers and then Darren Collison, who scored 12 points in the final nine minutes, sparked a 35-17 game-closing run by the Clippers.  The Thunder’s hopes of returning home to Oklahoma City with a chance to close out the Clippers blew up right before their eyes.  Now the Thunder find themselves tied 2-2, and instead of having a chance to close out the series in five games—which is the opportunity that they would have before them if they could have just held onto a double-digit lead in the final nine minutes of Game 4—they find themselves needing a Game 5 win just to maintain home-court advantage.  Look for the Thunder, particularly Kevin Durant, to adjust to the Clippers’ small lineup (if Doc Rivers employs it again) much better than they did in Game 4.  If Chris Paul winds up guarding Durant for stretches in Game 5, I suspect that the MVP will take Paul down to the low block instead of continuing to hover around the elbow as he did in Game 4.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Miami Heat 102 Brooklyn Nets 96 Nets Heat
San Antonio Spurs 92 Portland Trail Blazers 103 Trail Blazers Trail Blazers

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 1-1
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Playoffs: 40-26

***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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