NBA Predictions

Here are my predictions for the upcoming NBA season. Let’s check back in six months to see how poorly I did.

I’m very high on Houston, as I think they’ll win the championship. A quick explanation of my reasoning: They’re the deepest team in the league, with quality players up and down the roster, they have two studs (Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson), and one superduperstar (James Harden). I wouldn’t pick them to win the championship if my life depended on it–if it did, I’d go with a safer pick in Golden State or Cleveland–but I think they’ve got as good a shot at it as any other team and besides, everyone else is picking the Warriors or Cavs so it’s a lot more fun to go out on a limb with the Rockets.

Without further ado, here are my predictions for the upcoming NBA season:

(Ranked in order of record, not seed)

Eastern Conference

  1. Washington
  2. Cleveland
  3. Chicago
  4. Boston
  5. Indiana
  6. Atlanta
  7. Miami
  8. Milwaukee
  9. Toronto
  10. New York
  11. Detroit
  12. Orlando
  13. Charlotte
  14. Brooklyn
  15. Philadelphia

Western Conference

  1. Golden State
  2. Houston
  3. LA Clippers
  4. San Antonio
  5. Oklahoma City
  6. New Orleans
  7. Utah
  8. Memphis
  9. Phoenix
  10. Minnesota
  11. LA Lakers
  12. Denver
  13. Portland
  14. Dallas
  15. Sacramento

Round 1

Golden State over Memphis (5 games)

Houston over Utah (6)

LA Clippers over New Orleans (6)

San Antonio over Oklahoma City (7)

Washington over Milwaukee (5)

Cleveland over Miami (5)

Chicago over Atlanta (5)

Boston over Indiana (7)

Round 2

GS over San Antonio (7)

Houston over LAC (7)

Washington over Boston (5)

Cleveland over Chicago (5)

Round 3

Houston over GS (6)

Cleveland over Washington (6)

NBA Finals

Houston over Cleveland (7)

Awards

MVP: Anthony Davis (Runners-up in some order: James Harden, Stephen Curry, John Wall)

DPOY: Rudy Gobert (Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis)

COY: Alvin Gentry (Billy Donovan, Randy Wittman, Brad Stevens, Gregg Popovich, Frank Vogel)

EOY: Daryl Morey (Doc Rivers, RC Buford, Danny Ainge)

ROY: Karl-Anthony Towns (D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay)

MIP: Bradley Beal (Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk)

SMOY: Isaiah Thomas (Justise Winslow/Luol Deng)

CPOY: Kevin Durant (Paul George, Kobe Bryant)

Best Odds to Win Conferences and Championship

Washington +1800 to win EC

Houston +1000 to win WC

Washington +5000 to win NBA Finals

Houston +1600 to win NBA Finals

Over/Unders

Atlanta: 49.5: Under

Boston: 42.5: Over (Best Bet)

Brooklyn: 28.5: Under

Charlotte: 32.5: Under

Chicago: 49.5: Over

Cleveland: 56.5: Under

Dallas: 38.5: Under (Best Bet)

Denver: 26.5: Under

Detroit: 33.5: Over

Golden State: 60.5: Over

Houston: 54.5: Over (Best Bet)

Indiana: 42.5: Over

LAC: 56.5: Under

LAL: 29.5: Under

Memphis: 50.5: Under (Best Bet)

Miami: 45.5: Over

Milwaukee: 43.5: Over

Minnesota: 25.5: Over

New Orleans: 47.5: Over

New York: 31.5: Over

Oklahoma City: 57.5: Under

Orlando: 32.5: Over

Philadelphia: 21.5: Under

Phoenix: 36.5: Under

Portland: 26.5: Under

Sacramento: 30.5: Under

San Antonio: 58.5: Under (Best Bet)

Toronto: 45.5: Under

Utah: 40.5: Over

Washington: 45.5: Over (Best Bet)

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