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      36  9 5214 4804  0.058 22.645    1  1.530    1  0.576    1  0.485    1 0.5736  3.989  0.998 -0.028  0.000
CELTICS       34 11 4645 4416 -0.025 21.612    2  1.334    2  0.445    4  0.240    2 0.5588  3.797 -0.199  0.679  0.000
ROCKETS       30 12 4815 4497 -0.005 20.274    3  1.226    3  0.372    3  0.356    4 0.5465  3.986  0.854 -0.142  0.000
RAPTORS       29 13 4718 4393  0.029 20.640    4  1.199    4  0.352    2  0.413    3 0.5471  3.932  0.635  0.190  0.000
SPURS         29 16 4561 4407 -0.026 21.724    5  1.034    5  0.245    6  0.165    5 0.5305  3.795 -0.283  0.612  0.000
TIMBERWOLVES  29 17 4998 4819 -0.031 22.073    6  0.977    6  0.206    5  0.235    6 0.5267  3.909  0.341  0.130  0.000
CAVALIERS     26 17 4709 4676 -0.021 21.072    7  0.914    7  0.170   15  0.009    7 0.5239  3.956  0.354 -0.335  0.000
HEAT          25 18 4347 4379 -0.002 21.516    8  0.876    8  0.147   17 -0.010    8 0.5210  3.815 -0.366  0.345  0.000
PELICANS      23 20 4780 4776  0.040 22.121    9  0.781    9  0.083   10  0.054   10 0.5117  3.978  0.510 -0.403  0.000
THUNDER       24 20 4581 4446  0.001 21.772   10  0.776   10  0.077    7  0.155   15 0.5078  3.835 -0.102  0.411  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
PISTONS       22 20 4300 4278  0.039 21.579   11  0.768   11  0.074   13  0.029    9 0.5117  3.828 -0.264  0.323  0.000
BUCKS         23 20 4516 4553  0.014 21.821   13  0.763   12  0.074   19 -0.029   12 0.5111  3.898  0.019 -0.078  0.000
WIZARDS       25 19 4701 4604 -0.074 20.540   12  0.765   13  0.070   12  0.038   13 0.5089  3.885  0.023  0.052  0.000
PACERS        24 20 4725 4664 -0.026 21.436   14  0.752   14  0.063    9  0.058   11 0.5113  3.915  0.193 -0.077  0.000
76ERS         20 20 4345 4327  0.081 21.142   15  0.724   15  0.044    8  0.096   14 0.5087  3.929  0.302 -0.111  0.000
NUGGETS       23 21 4672 4643 -0.011 21.727   16  0.707   16  0.035   14  0.027   17 0.5016  3.894  0.055 -0.001  0.000
TRAIL BLAZERS 23 21 4576 4547 -0.034 21.368   17  0.676   17  0.015   18 -0.014   16 0.5020  3.843 -0.234  0.207  0.000
CLIPPERS      22 21 4621 4589 -0.024 21.046   18  0.672   18  0.012   11  0.046   18 0.4981  3.927  0.243 -0.151  0.000
KNICKS        20 24 4591 4623 -0.034 21.521   19  0.497   19 -0.106   22 -0.071   19 0.4858  3.860 -0.207  0.064  0.000
JAZZ          17 26 4325 4380  0.065 22.660   20  0.438   20 -0.143   21 -0.057   21 0.4816  3.800 -0.480  0.366  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
HORNETS       17 25 4410 4438  0.031 21.554   21  0.434   21 -0.147   16  0.003   20 0.4817  3.889  0.006 -0.000  0.000
BULLS         17 27 4521 4767 -0.000 22.602   22  0.336   22 -0.200   27 -0.254   22 0.4772  3.877 -0.308 -0.200  0.000
GRIZZLIES     14 28 4164 4296  0.032 21.826   23  0.235   23 -0.267   23 -0.164   26 0.4623  3.786 -0.656  0.328  0.000
LAKERS        15 28 4587 4750 -0.004 21.858   24  0.226   24 -0.268   25 -0.197   24 0.4634  3.912 -0.077 -0.316  0.000
NETS          16 28 4669 4809 -0.033 21.772   25  0.224   25 -0.270   24 -0.184   23 0.4643  3.927  0.010 -0.377  0.000
MAVERICKS     15 30 4613 4702  0.041 23.415   26  0.213   26 -0.278   20 -0.032   25 0.4634  3.856 -0.188  0.124  0.000
SUNS          16 29 4743 5060 -0.063 22.201   27  0.182   27 -0.292   29 -0.384   27 0.4614  3.962 -0.012 -0.756  0.000
KINGS         13 30 4202 4582 -0.009 22.183   28  0.097   28 -0.343   30 -0.473   28 0.4549  3.817 -0.815 -0.131  0.000
MAGIC         13 31 4633 4879  0.013 22.668   29  0.075   29 -0.357   28 -0.328   29 0.4547  3.940 -0.069 -0.586  0.000
HAWKS         12 31 4469 4647 -0.020 21.539   30  0.000   30 -0.409   26 -0.216   30 0.4461  3.903 -0.140 -0.292  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 36 9 5214 4804 0.058 22.645 1 1.530 1 0.576 1 0.485 1 0.5736 3.989 0.998 -0.028 0.000 CLIPPERS 22 21 4621 4589 -0.024 21.046 18 0.672 18 0.012 11 0.046 18 0.4981 3.927 0.243 -0.151 0.000 LAKERS 15 28 4587 4750 -0.004 21.858 24 0.226 24 -0.268 25 -0.197 24 0.4634 3.912 -0.077 -0.316 0.000 SUNS 16 29 4743 5060 -0.063 22.201 27 0.182 27 -0.292 29 -0.384 27 0.4614 3.962 -0.012 -0.756 0.000 KINGS 13 30 4202 4582 -0.009 22.183 28 0.097 28 -0.343 30 -0.473 28 0.4549 3.817 -0.815 -0.131 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 29 17 4998 4819 -0.031 22.073 6 0.977 6 0.206 5 0.235 6 0.5267 3.909 0.341 0.130 0.000 THUNDER 24 20 4581 4446 0.001 21.772 10 0.776 10 0.077 7 0.155 15 0.5078 3.835 -0.102 0.411 0.000 NUGGETS 23 21 4672 4643 -0.011 21.727 16 0.707 16 0.035 14 0.027 17 0.5016 3.894 0.055 -0.001 0.000 TRAIL BLAZERS 23 21 4576 4547 -0.034 21.368 17 0.676 17 0.015 18 -0.014 16 0.5020 3.843 -0.234 0.207 0.000 JAZZ 17 26 4325 4380 0.065 22.660 20 0.438 20 -0.143 21 -0.057 21 0.4816 3.800 -0.480 0.366 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 30 12 4815 4497 -0.005 20.274 3 1.226 3 0.372 3 0.356 4 0.5465 3.986 0.854 -0.142 0.000 SPURS 29 16 4561 4407 -0.026 21.724 5 1.034 5 0.245 6 0.165 5 0.5305 3.795 -0.283 0.612 0.000 PELICANS 23 20 4780 4776 0.040 22.121 9 0.781 9 0.083 10 0.054 10 0.5117 3.978 0.510 -0.403 0.000 GRIZZLIES 14 28 4164 4296 0.032 21.826 23 0.235 23 -0.267 23 -0.164 26 0.4623 3.786 -0.656 0.328 0.000 MAVERICKS 15 30 4613 4702 0.041 23.415 26 0.213 26 -0.278 20 -0.032 25 0.4634 3.856 -0.188 0.124 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 26 17 4709 4676 -0.021 21.072 7 0.914 7 0.170 15 0.009 7 0.5239 3.956 0.354 -0.335 0.000 PISTONS 22 20 4300 4278 0.039 21.579 11 0.768 11 0.074 13 0.029 9 0.5117 3.828 -0.264 0.323 0.000 BUCKS 23 20 4516 4553 0.014 21.821 13 0.763 12 0.074 19 -0.029 12 0.5111 3.898 0.019 -0.078 0.000 PACERS 24 20 4725 4664 -0.026 21.436 14 0.752 14 0.063 9 0.058 11 0.5113 3.915 0.193 -0.077 0.000 BULLS 17 27 4521 4767 -0.000 22.602 22 0.336 22 -0.200 27 -0.254 22 0.4772 3.877 -0.308 -0.200 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 HEAT 25 18 4347 4379 -0.002 21.516 8 0.876 8 0.147 17 -0.010 8 0.5210 3.815 -0.366 0.345 0.000 WIZARDS 25 19 4701 4604 -0.074 20.540 12 0.765 13 0.070 12 0.038 13 0.5089 3.885 0.023 0.052 0.000 HORNETS 17 25 4410 4438 0.031 21.554 21 0.434 21 -0.147 16 0.003 20 0.4817 3.889 0.006 -0.000 0.000 MAGIC 13 31 4633 4879 0.013 22.668 29 0.075 29 -0.357 28 -0.328 29 0.4547 3.940 -0.069 -0.586 0.000 HAWKS 12 31 4469 4647 -0.020 21.539 30 0.000 30 -0.409 26 -0.216 30 0.4461 3.903 -0.140 -0.292 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 CELTICS 34 11 4645 4416 -0.025 21.612 2 1.334 2 0.445 4 0.240 2 0.5588 3.797 -0.199 0.679 0.000 RAPTORS 29 13 4718 4393 0.029 20.640 4 1.199 4 0.352 2 0.413 3 0.5471 3.932 0.635 0.190 0.000 76ERS 20 20 4345 4327 0.081 21.142 15 0.724 15 0.044 8 0.096 14 0.5087 3.929 0.302 -0.111 0.000 KNICKS 20 24 4591 4623 -0.034 21.521 19 0.497 19 -0.106 22 -0.071 19 0.4858 3.860 -0.207 0.064 0.000 NETS 16 28 4669 4809 -0.033 21.772 25 0.224 25 -0.270 24 -0.184 23 0.4643 3.927 0.010 -0.377 0.000


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
ATLANTIC DIVISION  119  96 0.553    1  0.147
NORTHWEST DIVISION 116 105 0.525    2  0.108
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 111 106 0.512    3  0.104
CENTRAL DIVISION   112 104 0.519    4 -0.057
SOUTHEAST DIVISION  92 124 0.426    5 -0.144
PACIFIC DIVISION   102 117 0.466    6 -0.174

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.190 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
     0.021 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Wed Jan 17 05:30:29 2018
games through: Tue Jan 16 2018

Back to Dolphin rankings main page.