The NBA Realignment – New Divisions, No Conferences

The NBA is coming off a great All-Star game that showcased lock down defense in the final seconds.

During the All-Star Break, Commissioner Adam Silver said he’d be open to virtually eliminating conferences and reseeding the NBA Playoffs.

Eliminate the Conferences

With reseeding the NBA Playoffs and the change in format to the All-Star teams, there’s no reason to keep conferences.  Bye bye Eastern and Western Conferences in the NBA.

What would be the point in keeping conferences if there’s no All-Star team or

NBA Expansion

With the league moving away from conferences, it makes sense to expand.  If I’m NBA Commissioner, I award expansion teams to Seattle and Las Vegas.  I bring back the Seattle SuperSonics.

A move into Las Vegas, puts the NBA in a market that’s given it’s expansion NHL team a huge home advantage.  It also moves forward the NBA’s acceptance of gambling.  Silver has been a proponent and he can embrace it even more by moving to this sports betting mecca.

NBA Realignment

With expansion, the NBA would be at 32 teams.  Like the NFL with 32 teams, the NBA should realign into eight divisions.  To help build rivalries and maintain existing ones, these would be regional.  Here’s how I’d set up the new NBA:

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4
Boston Milwaukee Cleveland Miami
Philadelphia Minnesota Washington Orlando
New York Detroit Indiana Atlanta
Brooklyn Toronto Chicago Charlotte
Division 5 Division 6 Division 7 Division 8
Portland Los Angeles Denver New Orleans
Seattle Los Angeles Utah Dallas
Sacramento Phoenix Oklahoma City Houston
Golden State Las Vegas Memphis San Antonio

New NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs should guarantee each division champion a spot and then award the next eight spots to the teams with the best record.  Teams should be seeded though according to record.

The playoffs need to be shortened.  It got boring last year as the Warriors cruised through.  Did we need 4 games to know the Warriors were far superior?

Create some of the magic of the NCAA Tournament.  The first round of the NCAA tournament should be 1 game.  That’s right win or die.  The team with the better record would host the game.

The playoffs gradually grow in series length to 3, 5 and 7 games.

The NBA is booming.  It has a ton of stars but could evolve the game to more cities and exciting postseason.  Commissioner Silver has shown he’s open to change.  Now’s the time to make it happen.

NBA Predictions – February 22, 2018

The NBA is back in action following a great All-Star game.  Using our predictive formula, we predict every NBA tonight.

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Hornets vs. Nets
  • Magic vs. Knicks
  • Bulls vs. 76ers
  • Cavaliers vs. Wizards
  • Kings vs. Thunder
  • Warriors vs. Clippers

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NBA Predictions for February 22, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE
Brooklyn Nets 38% 105
Charlotte Hornets 62% 111
New York Knicks 48% 104
Orlando Magic 52% 105
Philadelphia 76ers 39% 102
Chicago Bulls 61% 106
Washington Wizards 38% 107
Cleveland Cavaliers 62% 112
Oklahoma City Thunder 46% 105
Sacramento Kings 54% 107
Los Angeles Clippers 32% 105
Golden State Warriors 68% 113

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Free Picks for 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night

It’s NBA All-Star Weekend in LA.  All-Star Saturday night has become the showcase event of the weekend and I’m giving you my picks for who wins in case you’re interested in investing in the outcome.

Skills Competition

The 8-man field features guards and great young NBA big men.  Competiting in the competition are Al Horford (Celtics), Lauri Markkanen (Bulls), Lou Williams (Clippers), Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Joel Embiid (76ers), Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets), Buddy Hield (Kings) and Andre Drummond (Pistons).

I like Lauri Markkanen (+400).  He’s young and has something to prove on this big stage.  He’s a big guy who can handle the ball and move smoothly which works perfect for this contest.

3 Point Shootout

This contest has been tough to accurately predict in the past.  The favorite tends to not win.  Klay Thompson (Warriors) is the favorite this year as he leads the league in 3 point percentage this season.

Bradley Beal (Wizards) is playing well and comes into this weekend with a lot of confidence.  He’s an underdog (+625) so cashing this ticket will reward you handsomely.

Also throwing up 3’s in the shootout are Kyle Lowry (Raptors), Eric Gordon (Rockets), Paul George (Thunder), Wayne Ellington (Heat), Devin Booker (Suns) and Tobias Harris (Clippers).

Slam Dunk Contest

Four young players try to steal the show in the Slam DunkContest.  Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavs), Victor Oladipo (Pacers), Larry Nance Jr. (Cavs) and Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) will compete.

The crowd will likely be behind former Laker Larry Nance Jr. which could influence the judges.

I’m going to go with Dennis Smith Jr.  He’s a ferocious dunker and is ready to showcase his powerful dunks on Saturday night.  He’s a slight favorite at -105.

NBA All-Star Saturday Night can be seen on TNT beginning at 8 PM ET.  Check out our data driven NBA predictions all season long.

NBA Power Rankings – February 16, 2018

It’s the NBA All-Star Break and time to see how the teams stack up as we head to the second half of the 2017-18 NBA season with our data driven NBA Power Rankings.

We’ve analyzed every NBA team and ranked them in order.  Get our data driven NBA power rankings below.  Check back throughout the season for updated NBA power rankings.

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NBA Power Rankings for February 16, 2018:

RANK TEAM
1 Houston Rockets
2 Golden State Warriors
3 Toronto Raptors
4 Boston Celtics
5 San Antonio Spurs
6 Minnesota Timberwolves
7 Washington Wizards
8 Oklahoma City Thunder
9 Cleveland Cavaliers
10 Indiana Pacers
11 Philadelphia 76ers
12 Portland Trail Blazers
13 Denver Nuggets
14 Milwaukee Bucks
15 Utah Jazz
16 New Orleans Pelicans
17 Los Angeles Clippers
18 Miami Heat
19 Detroit Pistons
20 Charlotte Hornets
21 New York Knicks
22 Los Angeles Lakers
23 Memphis Grizzlies
24 Chicago Bulls
25 Brooklyn Nets
25 Dallas Mavericks
27 Orlando Magic
28 Sacramento Kings
29 Atlanta Hawks
30 Phoenix Suns

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NBA Predictions – February 15, 2018

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Nuggets at Bucks
  • Lakers at Timberwolves

Last night of NBA action before the All-Star Break.

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NBA Predictions for February 15, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Denver Nuggets 45% 106 210.5
Milwaukee Bucks 55% 108 -4.5
Los Angeles Lakers 33% 103 222.5
Minnesota Timberwolves 67% 110 -9.5

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NBA Predictions – February 14, 2018

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NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Hawks at Pistons
  • Hornets at Magic
  • Heat at 76ers
  • Pacers at Nets
  • Wizards at Knicks
  • Clippers at Celtics
  • Raptors at Bulls
  • Kings at Rockets
  • Thunder at Grizzlies
  • Lakers at Pelicans
  • Suns at Jazz
  • Warriors at Trail Blazers

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NBA Predictions for February 14, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Atlanta Hawks 43% 100 212
Detroit Pistons 57% 103 -8.5
Charlotte Hornets 51% 104 -5
Orlando Magic 49% 103 213.5
Miami Heat 52% 103 201
Philadelphia 76ers 48% 102 -7
Indiana Pacers 50% 106 -4.5
Brooklyn Nets 50% 107 215
Washington Wizards 49% 107 -5
New York Knicks 51% 108 206
Los Angeles Clippers 47% 107 209
Boston Celtics 53% 108 -4.5
Toronto Raptors 48% 101 -6.5
Chicago Bulls 52% 102 217
Sacramento Kings 34% 104 216.5
Houston Rockets 66% 111 -15
Oklahoma City Thunder 42% 100
Memphis Grizzlies 58% 104
Los Angeles Lakers 36% 104 226.5
New Orleans Pelicans 64% 111 -5
Phoenix Suns 35% 101
Utah Jazz 65% 108
Golden State Warriors 56% 111 -6.5
Portland Trail Blazers 44% 108 226

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NBA Predictions – February 13, 2018

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Heat at Raptors
  • Hawks at Bucks
  • Rockets at Timberwolves
  • Cavs at Thunder
  • Kings at Mavs
  • Spurs at Nuggets

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NBA Predictions for February 13, 2018:

TEAM SCORE VEGAS LINE
Miami Heat 41% 101 207.5
Toronto Raptors 59% 106 -8
Atlanta Hawks 45% 101 208
Milwaukee Bucks 55% 104 -7.5
Houston Rockets 49% 108 -2.5
Minnesota Timberwolves 51% 109 22
Cleveland Cavaliers 44% 107
Oklahoma City Thunder 56% 110
Sacramento Kings 42% 99
Dallas Mavericks 58% 103
San Antonio Spurs 53% 108
Denver Nuggets 47% 107

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NBA Predictions – February 12, 2018

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Pelicans at Pistons
  • Knicks at Sixers
  • Clippers at Nets
  • Magic at Bulls
  • Spurs at Jazz
  • Suns at Warriors

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NBA Predictions for February 12, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
New Orleans Pelicans 40% 100 218
Detroit Pistons 60% 104 -4.5
New York Knicks 48% 105 208
Philadelphia 76ers 52% 106 -11.5
Los Angeles Clippers 56% 109 -4.5
Brooklyn Nets 44% 106 218.5
Orlando Magic 37% 101 215
Chicago Bulls 63% 107 -4
San Antonio Spurs 50% 100
Utah Jazz 50% 100
Phoenix Suns 22% 104
Golden State Warriors 78% 117

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NBA Predictions – February 11, 2018

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Raptors at Hornets
  • Pistons at Hawks
  • Cavs at Celtics
  • Knicks at Pacers
  • Mavs at Rockets
  • Kings at Timberwolves
  • Grizzlies at Thunder
  • Jazz at Trail Blazers

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NBA Predictions for February 11, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
Toronto Raptors 46% 103 -3
Charlotte Hornets 54% 104 215
Detroit Pistons 42% 103 -3.5
Atlanta Hawks 58% 106 209.5
Cleveland Cavaliers 47% 108 212
Boston Celtics 53% 109 -4
New York Knicks 38% 103
Indiana Pacers 62% 108
Dallas Mavericks 33% 102 216.5
Houston Rockets 67% 110 -13.5
Sacramento Kings 40% 102 212
Minnesota Timberwolves 60% 107 -13.5
Memphis Grizzlies 41% 103
Oklahoma City Thunder 59% 106
Utah Jazz 49% 103
Portland Trail Blazers 51% 104

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NBA Predictions – February 10, 2018

NBA predictions for every game on the board.  Get our data driven NBA predictions for all of tonight’s games including:

  • Pelicans at Nets
  • Bucks at Magic
  • Clippers at 76ers
  • Wizards at Bulls
  • Lakers at Mavs
  • Spurs at Warriors
  • Nuggets at Suns

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NBA Predictions for February 10, 2018:

TEAM WIN % SCORE VEGAS LINE
New Orleans Pelicans 51% 106 -1.5
Brooklyn Nets 49% 105 220.5
Milwaukee Bucks 50% 103 -5
Orlando Magic 50% 102 207
Los Angeles Clippers 54% 107
Philadelphia 76ers 46% 105
Washington Wizards 45% 104 -5
Chicago Bulls 55% 106 214
Los Angeles Lakers 35% 100
Dallas Mavericks 65% 106
San Antonio Spurs 38% 104 218
Golden State Warriors 62% 109 -11
Denver Nuggets 51% 111 -7
Phoenix Suns 49% 110 219

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