The NBA is back in action this week, so it is time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see exactly what the league’s future may hold. You could be surprised to learn that the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets seem good on paper, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… don’t.
OK, so that’s not surprising in any way. But in the space between bottom-feeders and the favorites, there are some intriguing storylines and players to watch. And we’ll be bringing you a new method to follow those developments all season long after a tweak to how we create predictions this year. Scroll down to the bottom if you would like the full details, but in brief, our interactive webpage today contains two projection alternatives: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well known to FiveThirtyEight readers — it’s the very simple version that appears on our franchise pages — although the latter is much more complex, with team depth charts and upgrading player ratings to track exactly how much talent is on each team (after accounting for transactions, injuries and disgruntled teammates).
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