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1LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 6-3 | 2020 Projection: 55 Wins
Win 69% of Neutral Court Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 22.8% chance is #1 in the league. Current Odds are 5/2, 28.6%. They are projected to win 55 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 52.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 5.2-3.8. They are ahead of expectations with their 6-3 record. Their 48-34 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was just 52%.

2MILWAUKEE BUCKS 6-3 | 2020 Projection: 57 Wins
Win 68% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are a good bet to win the championship (21.6 percent chance). Current Odds are 6/1, 14.3%. They are projected to win 56 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 57.5. Based on wins per simulation they are projected to have the best record in the East. After 9 games, their expected win percentage is 68% based on the money line odds. At 6-3 they are in line with these expectations. Their 60-22 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 56.8-25.2.

3LOS ANGELES LAKERS 7-1 | 2020 Projection: 55 Wins
Win 70% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral court has them as the #1 team in the league. Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 21.1% chance is #3 in the league. Current Odds are 3/1, 25%. They are projected to win 55 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 48.5. Based on wins per simulation they are projected to have the best record in the West. After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 68% based on the money line odds. At 7-1 they are well ahead of expectations. They were expected to win 47% of their games last season so their 37-45 met expectations.

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4PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 51 Wins
Win 65% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their 10.3% chance is #4 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 6/1, 14.3%. They are projected to win 51 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 55. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the East. After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 57% based on the money line odds. At 5-3 they are in line with these expectations. They were expected to win 60% of their games last season so their 51-31 met expectations.

5UTAH JAZZ 6-3 | 2020 Projection: 52 Wins
Win 63% of Neutral Court Simulations

If futures lines were not heavily juiced, the Jazz would be a good betting value. Their 5.8% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #5 in the league. Current Odds are 16/1, 5.9%. They are projected to win 52 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 53.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 5.3-3.7. At 6-3 they ahead of expectations. Oddsmakers expected them to win 53.7 based on their money line game odds. Their 50-32 record last season failed to meet expectations.

6DENVER NUGGETS 6-2 | 2020 Projection: 50 Wins
Win 60% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 4% chance is #6 in the league. Current Odds are 16/1, 5.9%. They are projected to win 50 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 53.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 5.2-2.8. They are beating expectations with their 6-2 record. Based on last season's game odds they 'should have had' 50.6 wins. Their 54-28 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them.

7INDIANA PACERS 5-4 | 2020 Projection: 49 Wins
Win 59% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Pacers are a good betting value. Their 3.1% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #7 in the league. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 49 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 46.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the East. After 9 games, their expected win percentage is 60% based on the money line odds. At 5-4 they are in line with these expectations. Their 48-34 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 45.5-36.5.

8TORONTO RAPTORS 6-2 | 2020 Projection: 51 Wins
Win 58% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Raptors are a good betting value. Their 3% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #8 in the league. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 51 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 46. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #2 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4.8-3.2. At 6-2 they are well ahead of expectations. Their 58-24 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 55.2-26.8.

9BOSTON CELTICS 6-1 | 2020 Projection: 50 Wins
Win 56% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their simulation based win percentage (2.1%) is not better than their odds implied probability but it would be if not for the juice on the lines. Current Odds are 40/1, 2.4%. They are projected to win 50 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 49.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the East. After 7 games, their expected win percentage is 60% based on the money line odds. They are beating expectations with their 6-1 record. Their 49-33 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 52.1-29.9. Their championship based ranking is better than their #11 ranking based on our neutral court simulations.

10PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 3-6 | 2020 Projection: 48 Wins
Win 60% of Neutral Court Simulations

They win the championship in 2% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to win 48 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 45.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the West. After 9 games, their expected win percentage is 51% based on the money line odds. They are coming up well short of expectations with their 3-6 record. Their 53-29 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their game-by-game odds gave them a projected record of 46.9-35.1. They are much better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral court has them as the #7 team in the league.

11HOUSTON ROCKETS 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 47 Wins
Win 57% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their 1.5% chance is #11 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 12/1, 7.7%. They are projected to win 47 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 54.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the West. After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 72% based on the money line odds. They are coming up short of expectations at 5-3. They were expected to win 64% of their games last season so their 53-29 met expectations.

12MIAMI HEAT 6-3 | 2020 Projection: 49 Wins
Win 55% of Neutral Court Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 1.1% chance is #12 in the league. Current Odds are 40/1, 2.4%. They are projected to win 49 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 44.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4.1-4.9. At 6-3 they are well ahead of expectations. They were expected to win 49% of their games last season so their 39-43 met expectations.

13DALLAS MAVERICKS 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 45 Wins
Win 55% of Neutral Court Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 0.7% chance is #13 in the league. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to win 45 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 42.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4.8-3.2. At 5-3 they are in line with these expectations. They were expected to win 43% of their games last season so their 33-49 met expectations.

14ORLANDO MAGIC 3-6 | 2020 Projection: 41 Wins
Win 53% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Magic are a good betting value. Their 0.4% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #14 in the league. Current Odds are 250/1, 0.4%. They are projected to win 41 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 42.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the East. After 9 games, their expected win percentage is 52% based on the money line odds. At 3-6 they are coming up well short of expectations. Their 42-40 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was just 45%.

15BROOKLYN NETS 4-4 | 2020 Projection: 44 Wins
Win 53% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 0.3% chance is #15 in the league. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 44 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 42.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the East. After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 57% based on the money line odds. They are coming up short of expectations at 4-4. Their 42-40 record last season was way ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was just 44%.

16DETROIT PISTONS 4-6 | 2020 Projection: 41 Wins
Win 50% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are not a good bet to win the championship. Their 0.2% chance is #16 in the league. Current Odds are 300/1, 0.3%. They are projected to win 41 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 37.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the East. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.9-6.1. At 4-6 they are in line with these expectations. They were expected to win 50% of their games last season so their 41-41 met expectations.

17SAN ANTONIO SPURS 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 42 Wins
Win 50% of Neutral Court Simulations

While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the championship is under 0.1 percent. Current Odds are 60/1, 1.6%. They are projected to win 42 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 45.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 5.2-2.8. At 5-3 they are short of expectations. Their 48-34 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was 55%.

18NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 1-7 | 2020 Projection: 35 Wins
Win 49% of Neutral Court Simulations

They win the championship in less than 0.1% of simulations. Current Odds are 500/1, 0.2%. They are projected to win 35 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 39. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #12 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.2-4.8. At 1-7 they are coming up well short of expectations. Their 33-49 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their expected win percentage was 46%.

19PHOENIX SUNS 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 35 Wins
Win 46% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 35 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 29.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #13 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 8.1% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.1-4.9. At 5-3 they are well ahead of expectations. Their 19-63 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their expected win percentage was 27%.

20SACRAMENTO KINGS 3-6 | 2020 Projection: 35 Wins
Win 45% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 35 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 38.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 9.1% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4-5. At 3-6 they are short of expectations. Their 39-43 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was 43%.

21MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 5-3 | 2020 Projection: 34 Wins
Win 40% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their championship based ranking is better than their #23 ranking based on our neutral court simulations. They are projected to win 34 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 35.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 7.2% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4.2-3.8. At 5-3 they ahead of expectations. They were expected to win 46% of their games last season so their 36-46 met expectations.

22OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 3-5 | 2020 Projection: 36 Wins
Win 37% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their power ranking is worse than their record would indicate. Their championship based ranking is better than their #24 ranking based on our neutral court simulations. They are projected to win 36 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 32. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 13% (0% to win the division). After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 45% based on the money line odds. They are coming up short of expectations at 3-5. They were expected to win 62% of their games last season so their 49-33 met expectations.

23MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 2-6 | 2020 Projection: 35 Wins
Win 43% of Neutral Court Simulations

If healthy on a neutral court they have a better power ranking (#21 in the league). They are projected to win 35 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 27.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 7.3% (0.3% to win the division). After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 34% based on the money line odds. At 2-6 they are short of expectations. They were expected to win 41% of their games last season so their 33-49 met expectations.

24CHARLOTTE HORNETS 4-4 | 2020 Projection: 34 Wins
Win 37% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 34 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 23. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the East. Their playoff chances stand at 5.7% (0.3% to win the division). After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 33% based on the money line odds. At 4-4 they are well ahead of expectations. They were expected to win 49% of their games last season so their 39-43 met expectations.

25WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2-6 | 2020 Projection: 29 Wins
Win 30% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 29 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 26.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #12 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.1-4.9. They are coming up well short of expectations with their 2-6 record. Their 32-50 record last season was very disappointing. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 38.3-43.7.

26GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 2-7 | 2020 Projection: 30 Wins
Win 42% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 30 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 47.5. In simulations they finish last in the West based on projected wins. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3.1-5.9. They are coming up short of expectations at 2-7. Their 57-25 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 60.9-21.1. If healthy on a neutral court they have a much better power ranking (#22 in the league).

27CHICAGO BULLS 3-6 | 2020 Projection: 29 Wins
Win 36% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 29 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 34. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 4.5-4.5. They are coming up well short of expectations with their 3-6 record. Their 22-60 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 25-57.

28ATLANTA HAWKS 3-5 | 2020 Projection: 28 Wins
Win 37% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are much better in our neutral power ranking. Their sim win percentage vs every other team on a neutral court has them as the #25 team in the league. They are projected to win 28 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 34. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #13 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 3-5. At 3-5 they are in line with these expectations. Their 29-53 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was 31%.

29CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 3-5 | 2020 Projection: 25 Wins
Win 29% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 24 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 24. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. After 8 games, their expected win percentage is 30% based on the money line odds. At 3-5 they ahead of expectations. They were expected to win 25% of their games last season so their 19-63 met expectations.

30NEW YORK KNICKS 2-7 | 2020 Projection: 22 Wins
Win 26% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 22 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 27.5. In simulations they finish last in the East based on projected wins. Their playoff chances are under 1%. After 9 games, their expected win percentage is 29% based on the money line odds. At 2-7 they are short of expectations. Oddsmakers had low expectations for them last season (expected win percentage = 27%) and they failed to live up to even these low expectations going 17-65.