Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

Full Ranking

                                              STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
WARRIORS      45 14 6853 6376  0.051 29.536    1  1.620    1  0.569    3  0.439    1 0.5653  4.005  1.017 -0.139  0.000
ROCKETS       45 13 6624 6109 -0.001 27.855    2  1.615    2  0.564    1  0.515    2 0.5635  3.963  0.871  0.159  0.000
RAPTORS       41 17 6495 6014  0.006 27.977    3  1.403    3  0.421    2  0.485    3 0.5488  3.929  0.668  0.302  0.000
CELTICS       41 19 6195 5976 -0.013 29.149    4  1.281    4  0.356    8  0.160    4 0.5418  3.804 -0.267  0.587  0.000
CAVALIERS     35 23 6385 6358 -0.008 28.632    5  1.035    5  0.200   16  0.024    5 0.5241  3.971  0.422 -0.374  0.000
TIMBERWOLVES  36 26 6796 6635  0.016 30.835    6  0.989    6  0.166    6  0.174    6 0.5204  3.924  0.332  0.016  0.000
SPURS         35 25 6112 5933 -0.011 29.214    7  0.975    7  0.159    7  0.160    8 0.5175  3.799 -0.288  0.608  0.000
76ERS         31 25 6028 5918  0.054 28.728    8  0.940    8  0.137    4  0.193    7 0.5195  3.905  0.257  0.130  0.000
THUNDER       34 26 6399 6195 -0.004 29.428    9  0.928   11  0.127    5  0.175   11 0.5143  3.873  0.083  0.267  0.000
WIZARDS       34 25 6338 6240 -0.026 28.585   10  0.927   10  0.131   14  0.057   10 0.5150  3.901  0.100  0.013  0.000
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
BUCKS         33 25 6084 6083 -0.013 28.596   11  0.923    9  0.132   17  0.018    9 0.5158  3.876 -0.060  0.096  0.000
NUGGETS       33 26 6378 6315  0.002 29.253   12  0.904   12  0.119   12  0.075   15 0.5126  3.925  0.240 -0.090  0.000
TRAIL BLAZERS 33 26 6190 6110  0.001 29.200   13  0.901   13  0.117   10  0.091   12 0.5142  3.855 -0.090  0.272  0.000
PACERS        34 25 6309 6210 -0.055 27.955   14  0.892   14  0.114   13  0.069   14 0.5129  3.903  0.124  0.013  0.000
PELICANS      32 26 6469 6459  0.015 29.185   15  0.884   15  0.109   15  0.026   13 0.5131  3.969  0.416 -0.365  0.000
CLIPPERS      31 27 6301 6246 -0.001 28.717   16  0.828   16  0.074   11  0.087   17 0.5071  3.943  0.346 -0.171  0.000
JAZZ          30 29 6083 5997  0.057 30.451   17  0.809   17  0.059    9  0.154   16 0.5083  3.820 -0.196  0.503  0.000
HEAT          30 29 5953 6006  0.017 29.858   18  0.758   18  0.031   19 -0.007   18 0.5044  3.801 -0.445  0.431  0.000
PISTONS       28 30 5991 6009 -0.012 28.655   19  0.653   19 -0.037   20 -0.080   19 0.4951  3.850 -0.283  0.123  0.000
HORNETS       26 33 6276 6279  0.006 29.528   20  0.528   20 -0.115   18  0.016   20 0.4869  3.903  0.069 -0.036  0.000
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
LAKERS        24 34 6238 6384  0.000 29.250   21  0.431   21 -0.169   21 -0.094   21 0.4794  3.922  0.057 -0.245  0.000
KNICKS        24 36 6236 6373 -0.017 29.831   22  0.356   22 -0.214   23 -0.184   22 0.4750  3.868 -0.299 -0.068  0.000
BULLS         20 38 6005 6342  0.003 29.686   23  0.199   23 -0.309   28 -0.308   23 0.4658  3.884 -0.348 -0.267  0.000
GRIZZLIES     18 39 5643 5874  0.007 29.135   24  0.123   24 -0.355   26 -0.289   25 0.4572  3.793 -0.765  0.187  0.000
KINGS         18 40 5733 6194  0.009 30.049   25  0.094   25 -0.362   29 -0.412   24 0.4580  3.832 -0.704 -0.120  0.000
MAVERICKS     18 41 6022 6182  0.022 30.276   26  0.090   26 -0.383   22 -0.134   26 0.4563  3.847 -0.355  0.088  0.000
NETS          19 41 6313 6579 -0.022 29.895   27  0.076   27 -0.390   27 -0.301   28 0.4543  3.915 -0.188 -0.414  0.000
MAGIC         18 40 6129 6376 -0.024 28.824   28  0.061   28 -0.398   24 -0.261   27 0.4548  3.932 -0.062 -0.461  0.000
SUNS          18 42 6246 6785 -0.030 30.328   29  0.017   29 -0.419   30 -0.567   29 0.4507  3.952 -0.265 -0.869  0.000
HAWKS         18 42 6209 6476 -0.034 29.566   30  0.000   30 -0.433   25 -0.277   30 0.4488  3.897 -0.254 -0.301  0.000

PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WARRIORS 45 14 6853 6376 0.051 29.536 1 1.620 1 0.569 3 0.439 1 0.5653 4.005 1.017 -0.139 0.000 CLIPPERS 31 27 6301 6246 -0.001 28.717 16 0.828 16 0.074 11 0.087 17 0.5071 3.943 0.346 -0.171 0.000 LAKERS 24 34 6238 6384 0.000 29.250 21 0.431 21 -0.169 21 -0.094 21 0.4794 3.922 0.057 -0.245 0.000 KINGS 18 40 5733 6194 0.009 30.049 25 0.094 25 -0.362 29 -0.412 24 0.4580 3.832 -0.704 -0.120 0.000 SUNS 18 42 6246 6785 -0.030 30.328 29 0.017 29 -0.419 30 -0.567 29 0.4507 3.952 -0.265 -0.869 0.000

NORTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR TIMBERWOLVES 36 26 6796 6635 0.016 30.835 6 0.989 6 0.166 6 0.174 6 0.5204 3.924 0.332 0.016 0.000 THUNDER 34 26 6399 6195 -0.004 29.428 9 0.928 11 0.127 5 0.175 11 0.5143 3.873 0.083 0.267 0.000 NUGGETS 33 26 6378 6315 0.002 29.253 12 0.904 12 0.119 12 0.075 15 0.5126 3.925 0.240 -0.090 0.000 TRAIL BLAZERS 33 26 6190 6110 0.001 29.200 13 0.901 13 0.117 10 0.091 12 0.5142 3.855 -0.090 0.272 0.000 JAZZ 30 29 6083 5997 0.057 30.451 17 0.809 17 0.059 9 0.154 16 0.5083 3.820 -0.196 0.503 0.000

SOUTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR ROCKETS 45 13 6624 6109 -0.001 27.855 2 1.615 2 0.564 1 0.515 2 0.5635 3.963 0.871 0.159 0.000 SPURS 35 25 6112 5933 -0.011 29.214 7 0.975 7 0.159 7 0.160 8 0.5175 3.799 -0.288 0.608 0.000 PELICANS 32 26 6469 6459 0.015 29.185 15 0.884 15 0.109 15 0.026 13 0.5131 3.969 0.416 -0.365 0.000 GRIZZLIES 18 39 5643 5874 0.007 29.135 24 0.123 24 -0.355 26 -0.289 25 0.4572 3.793 -0.765 0.187 0.000 MAVERICKS 18 41 6022 6182 0.022 30.276 26 0.090 26 -0.383 22 -0.134 26 0.4563 3.847 -0.355 0.088 0.000

CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR CAVALIERS 35 23 6385 6358 -0.008 28.632 5 1.035 5 0.200 16 0.024 5 0.5241 3.971 0.422 -0.374 0.000 BUCKS 33 25 6084 6083 -0.013 28.596 11 0.923 9 0.132 17 0.018 9 0.5158 3.876 -0.060 0.096 0.000 PACERS 34 25 6309 6210 -0.055 27.955 14 0.892 14 0.114 13 0.069 14 0.5129 3.903 0.124 0.013 0.000 PISTONS 28 30 5991 6009 -0.012 28.655 19 0.653 19 -0.037 20 -0.080 19 0.4951 3.850 -0.283 0.123 0.000 BULLS 20 38 6005 6342 0.003 29.686 23 0.199 23 -0.309 28 -0.308 23 0.4658 3.884 -0.348 -0.267 0.000

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR WIZARDS 34 25 6338 6240 -0.026 28.585 10 0.927 10 0.131 14 0.057 10 0.5150 3.901 0.100 0.013 0.000 HEAT 30 29 5953 6006 0.017 29.858 18 0.758 18 0.031 19 -0.007 18 0.5044 3.801 -0.445 0.431 0.000 HORNETS 26 33 6276 6279 0.006 29.528 20 0.528 20 -0.115 18 0.016 20 0.4869 3.903 0.069 -0.036 0.000 MAGIC 18 40 6129 6376 -0.024 28.824 28 0.061 28 -0.398 24 -0.261 27 0.4548 3.932 -0.062 -0.461 0.000 HAWKS 18 42 6209 6476 -0.034 29.566 30 0.000 30 -0.433 25 -0.277 30 0.4488 3.897 -0.254 -0.301 0.000

ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD MED LIKELY PREDICTIVE IMPRVD RPI TEAM W L PF PA SCHED ELOSS RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING RNK RATING P-SCR P-OFF P-DEF H-SCR RAPTORS 41 17 6495 6014 0.006 27.977 3 1.403 3 0.421 2 0.485 3 0.5488 3.929 0.668 0.302 0.000 CELTICS 41 19 6195 5976 -0.013 29.149 4 1.281 4 0.356 8 0.160 4 0.5418 3.804 -0.267 0.587 0.000 76ERS 31 25 6028 5918 0.054 28.728 8 0.940 8 0.137 4 0.193 7 0.5195 3.905 0.257 0.130 0.000 KNICKS 24 36 6236 6373 -0.017 29.831 22 0.356 22 -0.214 23 -0.184 22 0.4750 3.868 -0.299 -0.068 0.000 NETS 19 41 6313 6579 -0.022 29.895 27 0.076 27 -0.390 27 -0.301 28 0.4543 3.915 -0.188 -0.414 0.000


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
NORTHWEST DIVISION 166 133 0.555    1  0.163
ATLANTIC DIVISION  156 138 0.531    2  0.115
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 148 144 0.507    3  0.080
CENTRAL DIVISION   150 141 0.515    4 -0.076
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 126 169 0.427    5 -0.133
PACIFIC DIVISION   136 157 0.464    6 -0.162

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.176 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
     0.022 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Sat Feb 24 05:30:26 2018
games through: Fri Feb 23 2018

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