NBA Power Ranking: Milwaukee Bucks Are #2 in Computer Power Projection...Behind the Lakers

1LOS ANGELES LAKERS 41-12 | 2020 Projection: 61 Wins
Win 71% of Neutral Court Simulations

If futures lines were not heavily juiced, the Lakers would be a good betting value. Their 29.6% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #1 in the league. Current Odds are 9/4, 30.8%. They are projected to win 61 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. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 37.1-15.9. At 41-12 they ahead of expectations.

2MILWAUKEE BUCKS 46-8 | 2020 Projection: 65 Wins
Win 70% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their simulation based win percentage (24.9%) is not better than their odds implied probability but it would be if not for the juice on the lines. Current Odds are 11/4, 26.7%. They are projected to win 65 games and go over 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 54 games, their expected win percentage is 79% based on the money line odds. At 46-8 they ahead of expectations.

3LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 37-18 | 2020 Projection: 54 Wins
Win 66% of Neutral Court Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 10.5% chance is #3 in the league. Current Odds are 3/1, 25%. They are projected to win 54 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 52.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the West. After 55 games, their expected win percentage is 67% based on the money line odds. At 37-18 they are in line with these expectations.

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4TORONTO RAPTORS 40-15 | 2020 Projection: 57 Wins
Win 64% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are a good bet to win the championship (9.3 percent chance). Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to win 57 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 32.7-22.3. They are ahead of expectations with their 40-15 record.

5DENVER NUGGETS 38-17 | 2020 Projection: 54 Wins
Win 63% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Nuggets are a good betting value. Their 6.2% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #5 in the league. Current Odds are 20/1, 4.8%. They are projected to win 54 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 53.5. 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 33.3-21.7. They are ahead of expectations with their 38-17 record.

6BOSTON CELTICS 38-16 | 2020 Projection: 55 Wins
Win 62% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Celtics are a good betting value. Their 6.2% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #6 in the league. Current Odds are 20/1, 4.8%. They are projected to win 55 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 49.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the East. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 62% based on the money line odds. At 38-16 they ahead of expectations.

7UTAH JAZZ 36-18 | 2020 Projection: 54 Wins
Win 61% of Neutral Court Simulations

They win the championship in 4% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to win 54 games and live up to 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 34.9-19.1. They are ahead of expectations with their 36-18 record.

8PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 34-21 | 2020 Projection: 51 Wins
Win 61% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their 3.1% chance is #8 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 20/1, 4.8%. 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 #5 in the East. After 55 games, their expected win percentage is 61% based on the money line odds. At 34-21 they are in line with these expectations.

9MIAMI HEAT 35-19 | 2020 Projection: 53 Wins
Win 58% of Neutral Court Simulations

If futures lines were not heavily juiced, the Heat would be a good betting value. Their 2.8% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #9 in the league. Current Odds are 30/1, 3.2%. They are projected to win 52 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 44.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the East. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 56% based on the money line odds. At 35-19 they are in line with these expectations.

10INDIANA PACERS 32-23 | 2020 Projection: 47 Wins
Win 55% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their championship based ranking is much better than their #13 ranking based on our neutral court simulations. They win the championship in 1% of simulations which makes them a good betting value. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 47 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 46.5. 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 31.3-23.7. At 32-23 they are in line with these expectations.

11OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 33-22 | 2020 Projection: 48 Wins
Win 55% of Neutral Court Simulations

Even with the juice, the Thunder are a good betting value. Their 0.8% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #11 in the league. Current Odds are 300/1, 0.3%. Their pre-season futures line was 32 wins so they have hit the over. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #6 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 27.5-27.5. They are ahead of expectations with their 33-22 record. Their championship based ranking is much better than their #14 ranking based on our neutral court simulations.

12DALLAS MAVERICKS 33-22 | 2020 Projection: 47 Wins
Win 54% of Neutral Court Simulations

Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 0.6% chance is #12 in the league. Current Odds are 40/1, 2.4%. They are projected to win 47 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 33-22. At 33-22 they are in line with these expectations. They are much worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #15 in the league.

13MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 28-26 | 2020 Projection: 42 Wins
Win 56% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are a good bet to win the championship (0.4 percent chance). Current Odds are 500/1, 0.2%. Their pre-season futures line was 27.5 wins so they have hit the over. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #8 in the West. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 39% based on the money line odds. They are ahead of expectations with their 28-26 record.

14HOUSTON ROCKETS 34-20 | 2020 Projection: 48 Wins
Win 51% of Neutral Court Simulations

Their power ranking is worse than their record would indicate. They are much worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #17 in the league. Our projection recommends not betting on them to win it all. Their 0.3% chance is #14 in the league. Current Odds are 20/1, 4.8%. They are projected to win 48 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 54.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #5 in the West. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 66% based on the money line odds. At 34-20 they are short of expectations.

15PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 25-31 | 2020 Projection: 40 Wins
Win 56% of Neutral Court Simulations

If healthy on a neutral court they have a much better power ranking (#11 in the league). Their 0.2% chance is #15 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. Current Odds are 100/1, 1%. They are projected to win 40 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 45.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the West. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 27.2-28.8. They are coming up short of expectations at 25-31.

16ORLANDO MAGIC 24-31 | 2020 Projection: 37 Wins
Win 48% of Neutral Court Simulations

They do not have any real chance to win the championship. Current Odds are 1000/1, 0.1%. They are projected to win 37 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 55 games, their expected win percentage is 49% based on the money line odds. They are coming up short of expectations at 24-31. They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #18 in the league.

17BROOKLYN NETS 25-28 | 2020 Projection: 39 Wins
Win 47% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #19 in the league. While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the championship is under 0.1 percent. Current Odds are 300/1, 0.3%. They are projected to win 39 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 42.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #7 in the East. After 53 games, their expected win percentage is 48% based on the money line odds. At 25-28 they are in line with these expectations.

18NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 23-32 | 2020 Projection: 39 Wins
Win 56% of Neutral Court Simulations

While not completely impossible, their chances of winning the championship is under 0.1 percent. Current Odds are 50/1, 2%. They are projected to win 39 games and live up to their pre-season futures line of 39. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the West. After 55 games, their expected win percentage is 43% based on the money line odds. At 23-32 they are in line with these expectations. If healthy on a neutral court they have a much better power ranking (#10 in the league).

19SAN ANTONIO SPURS 23-31 | 2020 Projection: 38 Wins
Win 51% of Neutral Court Simulations

If healthy on a neutral court they have a much better power ranking (#16 in the league). They are projected to win 38 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 45.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the West. Their playoff chances stand at 5.2% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 26-28. At 23-31 they are short of expectations.

20WASHINGTON WIZARDS 20-33 | 2020 Projection: 31 Wins
Win 38% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 31 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 26.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the East. Their playoff chances stand at 5.8% (0% to win the division). After 53 games, their expected win percentage is 36% based on the money line odds. At 20-33 they are in line with these expectations. They are much worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #24 in the league.

21CHICAGO BULLS 19-36 | 2020 Projection: 30 Wins
Win 38% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 30 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 34. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the East. Their playoff chances stand at 2.2% (0% to win the division). Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 24.1-30.9. They are coming up short of expectations at 19-36. They are worse in our neutral power ranking where they are ranked just #23 in the league.

22CHARLOTTE HORNETS 18-36 | 2020 Projection: 27 Wins
Win 32% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 27 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 23. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #11 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 33% based on the money line odds. At 18-36 they are in line with these expectations.

23DETROIT PISTONS 19-38 | 2020 Projection: 27 Wins
Win 30% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 27 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 37.5. 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 24.8-32.2. They are coming up short of expectations at 19-38.

24SACRAMENTO KINGS 21-33 | 2020 Projection: 33 Wins
Win 43% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 33 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 38.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #12 in the West. Their playoff chances are under 1%. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 42% based on the money line odds. At 21-33 they are in line with these expectations. 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 #21 team in the league.

25ATLANTA HAWKS 15-41 | 2020 Projection: 26 Wins
Win 38% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 26 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%. After 56 games, their expected win percentage is 31% based on the money line odds. At 15-41 they are in line with these expectations.

26PHOENIX SUNS 22-33 | 2020 Projection: 33 Wins
Win 43% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 33 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 are under 1%. After 55 games, their expected win percentage is 46% based on the money line odds. At 22-33 they are short of expectations. 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 #22 team in the league.

27NEW YORK KNICKS 17-38 | 2020 Projection: 25 Wins
Win 29% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 25 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 27.5. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #14 in the East. Their playoff chances are under 1%. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 18.2-36.8. At 17-38 they are in line with these expectations.

28MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 16-37 | 2020 Projection: 28 Wins
Win 45% of Neutral Court Simulations

If healthy on a neutral court they have a much better power ranking (#20 in the league). They are projected to win 28 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. In simulations, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. They were a +350 'underdog' to make the playoffs in the preseason. After 53 games, their expected win percentage is 45% based on the money line odds. At 16-37 they are short of expectations.

29CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 14-40 | 2020 Projection: 22 Wins
Win 31% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 22 games and come in under their pre-season futures line of 24. In simulations they finish last in the East based on projected wins. In simulations, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. They were a +1500 'underdog' to make the playoffs in the preseason. After 54 games, their expected win percentage is 30% based on the money line odds. At 14-40 they are in line with these expectations.

30GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 12-43 | 2020 Projection: 19 Wins
Win 28% of Neutral Court Simulations

They are projected to win 19 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. In simulations, they have been eliminated from playoff contention. They were a -450 'favorite' to make the playoffs in the preseason. Based on money line odds their expected record at this point of the season is 16.2-38.8. They are coming up short of expectations at 12-43.