The NBA is back in action this week, so it is time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see what the league’s future might hold. You may be surprised to learn the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets look great on paper, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… do not.
OK, so that is not really surprising at all. But in the huge distance between bottom-feeders and the favorites, there are nonetheless some intriguing storylines and gamers to watch. And we are going to be bringing you a new way to adhere to those improvements all season long following a tweak to the way we make predictions this season. Scroll down to the bottom if you would like the full details, but in brief, our interactive page today contains two projection alternatives: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well known to FiveThirtyEight readers — it is the very simple version that appears on our franchise history pages — although the latter is much more complex, using team depth charts and upgrading player ratings to monitor just how much talent is on every team (after accounting for transactions, injuries and dissatisfied teammates).
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