2013-14 NBA Season Predictions: A Look Back at How Bad I am at This

I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. So when I decided to take a look at my record predictions for the 2013-14 season, I knew I’d end up way off on a few.

Now that I look at them, though, they’re not that bad. My prediction is the record I predicted, while the second record is how they actually finished. The number next to those records is how far off I was. East

East
Miami 61-21              54-28 -7
Indiana 56-26            56-26 0
Chicago 54-28          48-34 -6
Brooklyn 50-32         44-38 -6
New York 47-35        37-45 -10
Atlanta 44-38            38-44 -6
Cleveland 42-40       33-49 -9
Detroit 39-43            29-53 -10
Washington 37-45   44-38 -7
Toronto 35-47          48-34 -13
Boston 34-48           25-57 -9
Charlotte 34-48       43-39 -9
Milwaukee 32-50      15-67 -17
Orlando 30-52          23-59 -7
Philadelphia 17-65   19-63 -2

West
LA Clippers 60-22     58-24 -3
San Antonio 58-24     62-20 -4
Oklahoma City 56-26 59-23 -3
Houston 55-27            54-28 -1
Memphis 53-29          50-32 -3
Golden State 52-30    51-31 -2
Denver 49-33             36-45 -13
Minnesota 45-37        40-42 -5
Dallas 42-40              49-33 -7
Portland 41-41           53-28 -12
LA Lakers 39-43        27-55 -12
New Orleans 36-46    34-48 -2
Sacramento 32-50     28-53 -4
Phoenix 29-53            47-34 -18
Utah 25-57                  25-57 0

Spot-on with the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz, and did a solid job predicting how the top half of the Western Conference would pan out.

My prediction about the Phoenix Suns was the worst, 18 games off. I know I’m not alone.

The Eastern Conference, I was way off on. I underestimated the hell out of how well the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats would play, while overrating the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.

I’m not sure what I was thinking with the Pistons. I guess I though talent would prevail over chemistry, and they wouldn’t be as awful and horrible as they turned out.

I also overestimated the Miami Heat. I recognized there would be complacency, just not as much as there actually was, though. Throw in a couple wins against those bad teams and the Heat are definitely in the 60-win range.

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