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 team’s future might hold. You may be surprised to learn the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets seem great on paper, while the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… do not.
OK, so that is not surprising in any way. But in the space between bottom-feeders and the favorites, there are nonetheless players and some intriguing storylines to watch. And we are going to be bringing you a new way to adhere to these improvements all season long following 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 now contains two projection alternatives: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well known to FiveThirtyEight subscribers — it is the very simple version that looks on our franchise history pages — but the latter is much more complex, with group depth charts and upgrading player ratings to track exactly how much talent is on every team (after accounting for trades, injuries and disgruntled teammates).