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UPDATED Oct. 17, 2021, at 5:02 PM

2021-22 NBA Predictions

Updated after every game and depth chart revision.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have a 99% chance of making the playoffs and a 22% 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
PlayerTOTALvs. full strength (today)vs. full strength (today)Off. +/-Def. +/-
Giannis AntetokounmpoG. Antetokounmpo37+2
+4.2
+2.4
Khris MiddletonK. Middleton32SAME
+1.9
+0.1
Jrue HolidayJ. Holiday32SAME
+2.4
+1.3
Brook Lopez*B. Lopez*32+6
-1.6
+2.4
Donte DiVincenzoD. DiVincenzo0-22
+1.1
+0.9
Pat ConnaughtonP. Connaughton23+1
-0.1
+0.7
George HillG. Hill19+5
-0.4
+0.5
Bobby PortisB. Portis0-21
0.0
0.0
Semi OjeleyeS. Ojeleye0-15
-1.6
-0.4
Grayson AllenG. Allen21+7
+0.3
-0.6
Rodney HoodR. Hood9+7
-1.9
-1.2
Jordan NworaJ. Nwora10+8
-0.4
-0.3
Thanasis AntetokounmpoT. Antetokounmpo9+7
-1.7
+0.6
Jemerrio JonesJ. Jones0SAME
-1.3
+0.6
Georgios KalaitzakisG. Kalaitzakis1+1
-2.3
-0.9
Justin RobinsonJ. Robinson1+1
-0.4
-1.6
Sandro MamukelashviliS. Mamukelashvili14+13
-2.4
-0.3
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.
+2.8
+3.6
Adj. rotation ratingsA flagged (*) player is on the court more than we expected. As a result, a penalty is applied to the rotation’s ratings.
Adj. rotation ratings
A flagged (*) player is on the court more than we expected. As a result, a penalty is applied to the rotation’s ratings.
+2.7
+3.4
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 103.6 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 — 103.6 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
115-109
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.
57
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.
1660
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1658). The weight given to Elo — 22% — 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 (1658). The weight given to Elo — 22% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1660
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.
PLAYER RATINGPLAYER RATING
PlayerExpected minutes per gameExp. min. per gameOff. +/-Def. +/-
Giannis AntetokounmpoG. Antetokounmpo35
+4.2
+2.4
Khris MiddletonK. Middleton32
+1.9
+0.1
Jrue HolidayJ. Holiday32
+2.4
+1.3
Brook LopezB. Lopez26
-1.6
+2.4
Donte DiVincenzoD. DiVincenzo22
+1.1
+0.9
Pat ConnaughtonP. Connaughton22
-0.1
+0.7
George HillG. Hill14
-0.4
+0.5
Bobby PortisB. Portis21
0.0
0.0
Semi OjeleyeS. Ojeleye15
-1.6
-0.4
Grayson AllenG. Allen14
+0.3
-0.6
Rodney HoodR. Hood2
-1.9
-1.2
Jordan NworaJ. Nwora2
-0.4
-0.3
Thanasis AntetokounmpoT. Antetokounmpo2
-1.7
+0.6
Jemerrio JonesJ. Jones0
-1.3
+0.6
Georgios KalaitzakisG. Kalaitzakis0
-2.3
-0.9
Justin RobinsonJ. Robinson0
-0.4
-1.6
Sandro MamukelashviliS. Mamukelashvili1
-2.4
-0.3
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.
+3.8
+3.6
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 103.4 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 — 103.4 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
116-108
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.
60
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.
1696
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1658). The weight given to Elo — 29% — 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 (1658). The weight given to Elo — 29% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1685
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.
Expected minutes per gamePLAYER RATINGExp. min. per gamePLAYER RATING
PlayerTOTALvs. full strength (today)vs. full strength (today)Off. +/-Def. +/-
Giannis AntetokounmpoG. Antetokounmpo41+6
+4.0
+2.4
Khris MiddletonK. Middleton34+2
+2.0
+0.2
Jrue HolidayJ. Holiday34+2
+2.4
+1.3
Brook LopezB. Lopez27+1
-1.4
+2.5
Donte DiVincenzoD. DiVincenzo25+3
+1.0
+0.9
Pat ConnaughtonP. Connaughton22SAME
+0.1
+0.7
George HillG. Hill9-5
-0.2
+0.6
Bobby PortisB. Portis20-1
+0.1
0.0
Semi OjeleyeS. Ojeleye14-1
-1.7
-0.4
Grayson AllenG. Allen9-5
+0.3
-0.6
Rodney HoodR. Hood2SAME
-1.9
-1.2
Jordan NworaJ. Nwora2SAME
-0.4
-0.3
Thanasis AntetokounmpoT. Antetokounmpo1-1
-1.7
+0.6
Jemerrio JonesJ. Jones0SAME
-1.2
+0.6
Georgios KalaitzakisG. Kalaitzakis0SAME
-2.3
-0.9
Justin RobinsonJ. Robinson0SAME
-0.3
-1.6
Sandro MamukelashviliS. Mamukelashvili0-1
-2.3
-0.2
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.
+5.2
+4.6
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 100 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 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
114-104
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.
63
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.
1737
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1658). The weight given to Elo — 30% — 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 (1658). The weight given to Elo — 30% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1714
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.
1726
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.

Team rating

At full strength vs. with its current rotation

Full-strength rotation
Current rotationCurrent