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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 New Orleans Pelicans have a 77% chance of making the playoffs and a 2% 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. +/-
Brandon Ingram*B. Ingram*42+8
+2.8
-1.6
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson0-37
+3.8
-0.6
Jonas ValanciunasJ. Valanciunas29SAME
+0.5
+1.3
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker25SAME
+0.2
+0.3
Devonte' GrahamD. Graham30SAME
+2.6
-1.0
Josh HartJ. Hart16+2
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis Jr.K. Lewis Jr.16+3
+0.2
-0.6
Tomas SatoranskyT. Satoransky17+3
0.0
-0.2
Naji MarshallN. Marshall15+2
-0.4
+0.1
Jaxson Hayes*J. Hayes*26+7
-1.5
+0.2
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez16+5
-1.4
0.0
Trey Murphy IIIT. Murphy III4+4
-1.4
-1.0
Garrett TempleG. Temple4+3
-1.8
+0.8
Jose AlvaradoJ. Alvarado0SAME
-0.8
-0.2
Herbert JonesH. Jones0SAME
-2.5
+0.6
Didi LouzadaD. Louzada0SAME
-2.3
-0.9
Daulton HommesD. Hommes0SAME
-3.1
+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.
+2.4
-0.5
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.
+2.0
-0.9
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 101.6 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 — 101.6 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
112-111
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.
44
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.
1532
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1482). The weight given to Elo — 3% — 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 (1482). The weight given to Elo — 3% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1531
Rosters may include players currently assigned to G League teams.
PLAYER RATINGPLAYER RATING
PlayerExpected minutes per gameExp. min. per gameOff. +/-Def. +/-
Brandon IngramB. Ingram34
+2.8
-1.6
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson37
+3.8
-0.6
Jonas ValanciunasJ. Valanciunas29
+0.5
+1.3
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker25
+0.2
+0.3
Devonte' GrahamD. Graham30
+2.6
-1.0
Josh HartJ. Hart14
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis Jr.K. Lewis Jr.13
+0.2
-0.6
Tomas SatoranskyT. Satoransky14
0.0
-0.2
Naji MarshallN. Marshall13
-0.4
+0.1
Jaxson HayesJ. Hayes19
-1.5
+0.2
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez11
-1.4
0.0
Trey Murphy IIIT. Murphy III0
-1.4
-1.0
Garrett TempleG. Temple1
-1.8
+0.8
Jose AlvaradoJ. Alvarado0
-0.8
-0.2
Herbert JonesH. Jones0
-2.5
+0.6
Didi LouzadaD. Louzada0
-2.3
-0.9
Daulton HommesD. Hommes0
-3.1
+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.
+4.7
-0.8
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 102.4 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 — 102.4 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
116-112
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.
51
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.
1602
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1482). The weight given to Elo — 2% — 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 (1482). The weight given to Elo — 2% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1600
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. +/-
Brandon IngramB. Ingram37+3
+2.8
-1.6
Zion WilliamsonZ. Williamson42+5
+3.8
-0.6
Jonas ValanciunasJ. Valanciunas29SAME
+0.5
+1.3
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerN. Alexander-Walker26+1
+0.2
+0.3
Devonte' GrahamD. Graham31+1
+2.6
-1.0
Josh HartJ. Hart13-1
-0.2
+1.2
Kira Lewis Jr.K. Lewis Jr.13SAME
+0.2
-0.6
Tomas SatoranskyT. Satoransky13-1
0.0
-0.2
Naji MarshallN. Marshall13SAME
-0.4
+0.1
Jaxson HayesJ. Hayes18-1
-1.5
+0.2
Willy HernangomezW. Hernangomez5-6
-1.4
0.0
Trey Murphy IIIT. Murphy III0SAME
-1.4
-1.0
Garrett TempleG. Temple0-1
-1.8
+0.8
Jose AlvaradoJ. Alvarado0SAME
-0.7
-0.2
Herbert JonesH. Jones0SAME
-2.4
+0.6
Didi LouzadaD. Louzada0SAME
-2.3
-0.9
Daulton HommesD. Hommes0SAME
-3.1
+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.
+6.1
-1.1
Points per gameWe combine the team’s efficiency with its pace — 98.9 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 — 98.9 possessions per game — to project the score of a game against an average NBA team.
113-108
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.
53
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.
1619
Team ratingWe blend the rotation rating with the team’s current Elo rating (1482). The weight given to Elo — 0% — 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 (1482). The weight given to Elo — 0% — is based on this lineup's similarity to the team's lineups in recent games.
1619
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.
1620
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