Final Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team After the All-Star Game

Matt JonesAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2012

Final Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team After the All-Star Game

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    It is time to make final record predictions for every team in the NBA.

    At the midpoint of a fast-paced season, we now have a better idea of which teams are going to finish in which positions and who is in contention for a title and who is destined for the NBA draft lottery. 

    Each team has played approximately half of their 66 games in this lockout-shortened season, and we have seen the effects that an accelerated start has had on everyone. 

    Some teams have been very impressive, some have surprised us and some have been very disappointing. 

    The following slides will make predictions of the final record for each NBA team and will predict where the top eight teams in each conference will land in the playoff race. 

Miami Heat

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    Current Record: 27-7

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 49-17, First in Eastern Conference

    The Miami Heat are tied for the best record in the NBA at the half way point.

    With a healthy Dwyane Wade and LeBron James playing the way that he is this season it is hard to predict anything but continued success. 

    The Heat will cruise into the playoffs but will be met with some stiff competition when they get there in the tough Eastern Conference playoffs. 

Chicago Bulls

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    Current Record: 27-8

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 48-18, Second in Eastern Conference

    The Chicago Bulls have been impressive this season and remain a favorite in the Eastern Conference. 

    If Derrick Rose can stay healthy, the Bulls have a great chance to challenge for the NBA Title. 

    They will finish with one of the best records in the entire league. 

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Current Record: 20-14

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 42-24, Third in Eastern Conference

    The emergence of the Philadelphia 76ers this season has been one of the best storylines of the year. 

    This team has exceeded expectations and is playing well without having a superstar on the roster. 

    Head coach Doug Collins will win the Coach of the Year Award as the 76ers look to make a playoff run. 

Indiana Pacers

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    Current Record: 21-12

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 41-25, Fourth in Eastern Conference

    The Indiana Pacers have been a bit of a surprise team this season.

    After picking up good players in the offseason, the young Pacers have played with a lot of energy. 

    As long as they can stay healthy, there is no reason to believe that they won't keep it going and quietly end the season in a good playoff spot. 

Orlando Magic

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    Current Record: 22-13

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 40-26, Fifth in Eastern Conference

    The Orlando Magic have put together a pretty good record in the first half of this season in spite of the increased focus on Dwight Howard and whether he will stay with the team.

    If Howard continues to lead the team as he has this season, the Magic will make the playoffs whether he is traded away at the trade deadline or not. 

    Playoff success will be hard to find for the Magic this season, and the loss of Howard will be blamed for late-season losses. 

Atlanta Hawks

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    Current Record: 20-14

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 37-29, Sixth in Eastern Conference

    The Atlanta Hawks have done a good job of hanging around in the Eastern Conference, especially after losing key players to injuries. 

    The big test for the Hawks will be breaking a recent trend of losing earlier than expected in the playoffs.

Boston Celtics

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    Current Record: 15-17

    Games Remaining: 34

    Final Prediction: 36-30, Seventh in Eastern Conference

    The Boston Celtics started out slowly but have put together a few short winning streaks. 

    The Celtics have also battled injuries to key players and will play consistently better as everyone is able to take the floor. 

    Watch out for Boston in the playoffs, they may come in as a low seed, but their experience will help them be successful. 

New York Knicks

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    Current Record: 17-18

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 35-31, Eighth in Eastern Conference

    If it weren't for the inspired play of Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks would already be looking at draft lottery positioning. 

    The Knicks have been less than impressive considering the players they have on the roster. 

    It will take a few games for Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin to figure out how to play together but the Knicks will grab the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and be matched up with the Miami Heat. 

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Current Record: 13-20

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 26-40, Ninth in Eastern Conference

    The Milwaukee Bucks thought they had added the missing piece when they acquired Stephen Jackson on draft night.

    Instead, Jackson has not worked out, and center Andrew Bogut is once again out with an injury.

    Brandon Jennings has played well and carried the team to the wins that the team has, but it will be difficult for him to do it alone the rest of the season.  

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Current Record: 13-18

    Games Remaining: 35

    Final Prediction: 26-40, 10th in Eastern Conference

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown improvement but still have work to do before making it back to the playoffs. 

    A little bit of luck in the draft order would give them another young player to add to rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. 

    It may not be by a lot, but the Cavaliers are headed in a much better direction as they dig out of the hole left for them by LeBron James. 

Detroit Pistons

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    Current Record: 11-24

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 23-45, 11th in Eastern Conference

    If there is a positive for the Detroit Pistons, it is that young players like Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight are getting the opportunity to develop in the NBA this season.

    The Pistons need to make some significant changes to the lineup this summer or it could be more of the same in Detroit for a long time. 

New Jersey Nets

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    Current Record: 10-25

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 22-44, 12th in Eastern Conference

    Nothing is going to change this season for the New Jersey Nets unless they make a blockbuster trade for Dwight Howard. 

    Even if they do get Howard at the trade deadline, he will not be enough to save the season, and the Nets will have to start setting up for next year. 

    If they do not acquire Howard, Deron Williams will leave in free agency, and the Nets will be back to square one. 

Toronto Raptors

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    Current Record: 10-23

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 20-46, 13th in Eastern Conference

    The Toronto Raptors have played better this season when Andrea Bargnani has been in the lineup, but that has not been often as he has been injured. 

    The team has played better defense for new head coach Dwane Casey but it has not been enough to avoid another frustrating season. 

    At this point of the year there is no reason to believe that a big turn around is in sight for the Raptors. 

Washington Wizards

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    Current Record: 7-26

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 15-51, 14th in Eastern Conference

    The Washington Wizards were out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture before they had played ten games this season. 

    The team crawled out to a 1-9 record, and things have not gotten better. 

    Washington will win a few more games but have a tough stretch ahead of them at the end of the season. 

    At least John Wall will be matched with a talented rookie next season. 

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Current Record: 4-28

    Games Remaining: 34

    Final Prediction: 10-56, 15th in Eastern Conference

    The only silver lining on this season for the Charlotte Bobcats is that they will be in a good position to win the top overall pick in the NBA draft lottery later this season. 

    Drafting first in a strong draft will give Kemba Walker some of the help that he needs.

    Until then, opposing teams can all but chalk up a win when they face the Bobcats. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Current Record: 27-7

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 47-19, First in Western Conference

    After making it deep into the playoffs last season, the young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder have come out strong this year. 

    They are currently tied for the best record in the NBA and show no signs of slowing down. 

    The Thunder have been the favorite in the the West so far this season and will be in that position when the playoffs start. 

San Antonio Spurs

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    Current Record: 24-10

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 45-21, Second in Western Conference

    The San Antonio Spurs have once again defied the odds and played to one of the top records in the entire league.

    Playing without Manu Ginobili, who has missed most of the season with a wrist injury, the veteran Spurs have found ways to keep on winning. 

    Tony Parker will continue to lead this team to success, especially when Ginobili returns. 

Dallas Mavericks

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    Current Record: 21-13

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 44-22, Third in Western Conference

    The Dallas Mavericks did not start out the season looking like the defending World Champions, but they have turned things around and have played better lately. 

    They recently enjoyed a six-game winning streak and hope for more as they continue to work towards defending their title. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Current Record: 20-11

    Games Remaining: 35

    Final Prediction: 42-24, Fourth in Western Conference

    It almost seems wrong to predict that the Los Angeles Clippers will end the season in a high playoff position. 

    This season is obviously different for the Clippers as they will end the year with a better record than the other team in Los Angeles. 

    Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will continue to be successful in Lob City.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Current Record: 20-14

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 41-25, Fifth in Western Conference

    The Los Angeles Lakers head into the All-Star break with a pretty good record despite the difficulties they have had this season.

    As usual, the Lakers will find a way to keep pace in the Western Conference and will be dangerous in the playoffs.

    Finding a point guard at the trade deadline will only help this team and add some assistance for Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.  

Houston Rockets

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    Current Record: 20-14

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 40-26, Sixth in Western Conference

    The Houston Rockets opened the season by enduring a very difficult stretch of games. 

    Since that stretch, the team has improved and won seven of their last 10 heading into the All-Star break.

    The Rockets are not a team others will want to face in the playoffs as they have talented players and low playoff expectations.  

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Current Record: 19-15

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 39-27, Seventh in Western Conference

    The Memphis Grizzlies entered the season with high expectations that changed when Zach Randolph went down with a significant injury. 

    Randolph is expected to return to the team after the All-Star break.

    Adding him to this young and athletic team will only help as they look to make another great playoff run this season. 

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Current Record: 18-16

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 38-28, Eighth in Western Conference

    The Portland Trail Blazers started the season winning seven of their first 10 but have cooled off since that time. 

    The Blazers are a team that just needs to make it into the playoffs where they can make some noise. 

    At the end of the season they will be in the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture, but they will present a stiff challenge for the Oklahoma City Thunder.  

Denver Nuggets

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    Current Record: 18-17

    Games Remaining: 31

    Final Prediction: 35-31, Ninth in Western Conference   

    The Denver Nuggets started the season playing well but have started to fade with the injury to Danilo Gallinari. 

    It will help if the team can keep Wilson Chandler, who will return from China, but the Nuggets will end up just outside the playoffs this season. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Current Record: 17-17

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 33-33, 10th in Western Conference

    Until the 25th game this year, it had been a long time since the Minnesota Timberwolves have been above .500 at any point in a season. 

    Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love have been playing much better this season, and head coach Rick Adelman has the team finally going in the right direction. 

    The Timberwolves had a winning record for one game this season and will end the season showing improvement with an even record.

Utah Jazz

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    Current Record: 15-17

    Games Remaining: 34

    Final Prediction: 32-34, 11th in Western Conference

    No one knew quite what to expect from the Utah Jazz this season. 

    After spending time in the top eight in the Western Conference earlier this year, the Jazz have faded to a sub .500 record. 

    The Jazz have a tough schedule ahead that will not be kind to young players not used to playing on the road. 

    It is time for head coach Tyrone Corbin to give the talented young guys on the team time to develop as making the playoffs is not going to happen this season in Utah. 

Golden State Warriors

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    Current Record: 13-17

    Games Remaining: 36

    Final Prediction: 29-37, 12th in Western Conference

    Head coach Mark Jackson has emphasized defense this season, but it seems like it is a foreign concept to a team built to score. 

    Golden State will finish in the bottom half of the Western Conference once again this season. 

    The team must make some moves to get defensive-minded players on the roster, so that they have a better balance. 

Phoenix Suns

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    Current Record: 14-20

    Games Remaining: 32

    Final Prediction: 25-41 13th in Western Conference

    Steve Nash desperately needs some help in Phoenix, and that does not look like it is going to change very soon. 

    Marcin Gortat has played well for the Suns, but production from other players is not consistent.  

    The Suns will end up outside of the playoffs and will be forced to look for some help for Nash for the upcoming season. 

Sacramento Kings

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    Current Record: 11-22

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 24-42, 14th in Western Conference

    The Sacramento Kings are once again destined for the draft lottery, although it is probably not a good idea to add another talented young player to the roster. 

    The Kings are struggling, and things will stay about the same for the team as the season progresses. 

    Expect the Kings to struggle until the team gets some veteran leadership and learns to play together. 

New Orleans Hornets

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    Current Record: 8-25

    Games Remaining: 33

    Final Prediction: 18-48, 15th in Western Conference

    After making a trade that sent All-Star Chris Paul away from the team, the New Orleans Hornets have played worse than expected. 

    It has not helped that Eric Gordon has been sidelined with an injury for most of the year. 

    The Hornets have shown brief flashes of success, but do not have enough to build on it at this time. 

    A tough season is only going to finish more difficult for the Hornets.