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UPDATED Jan. 15, 2021, at 9:54 PM

2020-21 NBA Predictions

Updated after every game and depth chart revision.

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The New Orleans Pelicans have a 45% chance of making the playoffs and a <1% chance of winning the NBA Finals

Roster depth chart

A team’s current rotation accounts for recent injuries and other player activity; the full-strength rotation does not.

Expected minutes per gamePLAYER RATINGExp. min. per gamePLAYER RATING
PlayerPGSGSFPFCTOTALvs. full strength (today)vs. full strength (today)Off. +/-Def. +/-
Brandon IngramB. Ingram013159037+2
+2.5
-1.0
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson000000-32
+1.0
-0.8
Lonzo BallL. Ball000000-34
+0.1
+0.6
Eric BledsoeE. Bledsoe16000016-10
+1.2
+0.8
Steven AdamsS. Adams00003030SAME
-0.6
+2.1
JJ RedickJ. Redick02200022+1
+0.8
-2.1
Josh HartJ. Hart00280028+10
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis JrK. Lewis Jr20000020+11
-1.2
-1.4
Jaxson HayesJ. Hayes0009918+2
-1.3
-1.3
Wenyen GabrielW. Gabriel00016016+1
-2.2
+0.8
Nicolo MelliN. Melli00014115+12
-1.3
-0.1
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker12600018+17
+0.8
-0.8
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez000044+4
-1.6
-1.2
Sindarius ThornwellS. Thornwell070007+7
-0.5
-0.5
Naji MarshallN. Marshall005005+5
-1.9
-0.7
Will MagnayW. Magnay000044+4
-3.3
-0.9
Rotation ratingsFirst, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
Rotation ratings
First, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
-0.2
-0.7
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 102.8 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
Points per game
We combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 102.8 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
111-112
Rotation winsWe use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
Rotation wins
We use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
38
Rotation ratingThen we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
Rotation rating
Then we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
1480
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 21% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
Team rating
We blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 21% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1488
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.
Expected minutes per gamePLAYER RATINGPLAYER RATING
PlayerPGSGSFPFCTOTALExp. min. per gameOff. +/-Def. +/-
Brandon IngramB. Ingram018170035
+2.5
-1.0
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson00031132
+1.0
-0.8
Lonzo BallL. Ball138130034
+0.1
+0.6
Eric BledsoeE. Bledsoe26000026
+1.2
+0.8
Steven AdamsS. Adams00003030
-0.6
+2.1
JJ RedickJ. Redick02100021
+0.8
-2.1
Josh HartJ. Hart00180018
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis JrK. Lewis Jr900009
-1.2
-1.4
Jaxson HayesJ. Hayes00011516
-1.3
-1.3
Wenyen GabrielW. Gabriel00015015
-2.2
+0.8
Nicolo MelliN. Melli000123
-1.3
-0.1
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker010001
+0.8
-0.8
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez000000
-1.6
-1.2
Sindarius ThornwellS. Thornwell000000
-0.5
-0.5
Naji MarshallN. Marshall000000
-1.9
-0.7
Will MagnayW. Magnay000000
-3.3
-0.9
Rotation ratingsFirst, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
Rotation ratings
First, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
+1.4
0.0
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 103.8 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
Points per game
We combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 103.8 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
114-113
Rotation winsWe use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
Rotation wins
We use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
45
Rotation ratingThen we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
Rotation rating
Then we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
1539
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 24% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
Team rating
We blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 24% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1534
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.
Expected minutes per gamePLAYER RATINGExp. min. per gamePLAYER RATING
PlayerPGSGSFPFCTOTALvs. full strength (today)vs. full strength (today)Off. +/-Def. +/-
Brandon IngramB. Ingram018192039+4
+2.4
-1.0
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson00034337+5
+1.0
-0.7
Lonzo BallL. Ball169100035+1
0.0
+0.6
Eric BledsoeE. Bledsoe28000028+2
+1.1
+0.9
Steven AdamsS. Adams00003232+2
-0.7
+2.0
JJ RedickJ. Redick01910020-1
+0.5
-2.1
Josh HartJ. Hart02180020+2
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis JrK. Lewis Jr400004-5
-1.1
-1.4
Jaxson HayesJ. Hayes00001313-3
-1.3
-1.3
Wenyen GabrielW. Gabriel00012012-3
-2.1
+0.8
Nicolo MelliN. Melli000000-3
-1.2
0.0
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker000000-1
+0.8
-0.8
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez000000SAME
-1.5
-1.2
Sindarius ThornwellS. Thornwell000000SAME
-0.5
-0.5
Naji MarshallN. Marshall000000SAME
-1.8
-0.6
Will MagnayW. Magnay000000SAME
-3.3
-0.8
Rotation ratingsFirst, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
Rotation ratings
First, we take a minute-weighted average of the player ratings to get a measure of team efficiency per 100 possessions, relative to the league.
+1.8
+0.3
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 100.4 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
Points per game
We combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 100.4 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
111-109
Rotation winsWe use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
Rotation wins
We use these projected scores to estimate this rotation’s expected wins in an 82-game season, assuming an average schedule strength.
46
Rotation ratingThen we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
Rotation rating
Then we convert the rotation’s expected wins into a score for team strength — 1500 is about average.
1555
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 23% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
Team rating
We blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1519). The weight given to Elo — 23% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1546
Playoff ratingFinally, we adjust the team’s rating based on the amount of playoff experience on the roster.
Playoff rating
Finally, we adjust the team’s rating based on the amount of playoff experience on the roster.
1544
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.

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At full strength vs. with its current rotation

Full-strength rotation
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