The NBA is back in action this week, which means it’s time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see 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, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… don’t.
OK, so that is not surprising in any way. But in the space between bottom-feeders and the favorites, there are nonetheless gamers and some intriguing storylines to watch. And we’ll be bringing you a new method to follow those developments all season long after a tweak to the way we make predictions this year. Scroll down to the bottom if you would like the full details, but in a nutshell, our interactive webpage today contains two projection options: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well-known to FiveThirtyEight subscribers — it’s the very simple version that appears on our franchise pages — but the latter is much more complicated, with group depth charts and upgrading player ratings to track just how much talent is on each team (after accounting for transactions, injuries and disgruntled teammates).
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