For The Record

The Golden State Warriors win 67 games again? Even as the Western Conference gets tougher?

The 15 West teams win 691 games collectively (46.1 per squad), while the East teams only win 539 (35.9 per team), in what proves to be the most lop-sided conference balance in NBA history?

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The Denver Nuggets will have the NBA’s third-best record with 57 victories?

The Chicago Bulls will have the NBA’s worst mark with only 16 wins?

The annual predictions, which I’ve posted on my Twitter page over the years, have done pretty well upon reflection in recent seasons. In fact, I couldn’t find anyone on the internet who topped our 5.753 RMSE with our 2016-17 NBA predictions on Twitter.

So to post these projections on a larger scale, we’ve decided to list the 2017-18 NBA predictions here at HOOP just in time for opening night.

EASTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS 2017-18

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers 52-30
  2. Milwaukee Bucks 50-32
  3. Washington Wizards 48-34
  4. Boston Celtics 47-35
  5. Toronto Raptors 45-37
  6. Miami Heat 44-38
  7. Charlotte Hornets 42-40
  8. Philadelphia 76ers 34-48
  9. Detroit Pistons 33-49
  10. Orlando Magic 31-51
  11. Indiana Pacers 29-53
  12. New York Knicks 26-56
  13. Brooklyn Nets 23-59
  14. Atlanta Hawks 19-63
  15. Chicago Bulls 16-66

WESTERN CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS 2017-18

  1. Golden State Warriors 67-15
  2. San Antonio Spurs 60-22
  3. Denver Nuggets 57-25
  4. Houston Rockets 56-26
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder 55-27
  6. Los Angeles Clippers 51-31
  7. Portland Trail Blazers 49-33
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves 46-36
  9. Utah Jazz 43-39
  10. New Orleans Pelicans 41-41
  11. Memphis Grizzlies 39-43
  12. Phoenix Suns 37-45
  13. Dallas Mavericks 35-47
  14. Los Angeles Lakers 30-52
  15. Sacramento Kings 25-57