The NBA is back in action this week, which means 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 great on paper, although the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… do not.
OK, so that is not really surprising. But in the huge space between the favorites and bottom-feeders, there are a few intriguing storylines and players to watch. And we’ll be bringing you a new way to adhere to these developments all season long after a tweak to the way we create predictions this season. Scroll down to the bottom if you want the full details, but in a nutshell, our interactive webpage today contains two projection alternatives: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well known to FiveThirtyEight subscribers — it is the simple version that looks on our franchise pages — although the latter is far more complex, using group depth charts and upgrading player ratings to track exactly how much talent is on every group (after accounting for transactions, injuries and disgruntled teammates).
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