Updated 2016-17 Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team

December 17th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »
That look of consternation LeBron James is displaying in the above picture? Some of you might want to reserve that same stare for us, because we can't possibly pick every NBA team to make the playoffs.

More than a few fanbases will be unhappy.

Though clear delineation has developed between the Western Conference's haves and have-nots, the Eastern Conference's playoff picture is a muddled mess. Ten teams seem to have significant shots at playing more than 82 games, and that number could grow if a few lackluster units get their acts together.

The gap between the West's Nos. 8 and 9 is a meager six games in our predictions—the same separation that exists between the East's Nos. 3 and 9.

We're arriving at these educated guesses by looking at everything that's happened in 2016-17, including the teams' paces and how they're playing, per the FATS model provided by NBA Math. Large disparities exist for some squads because underachieving or overachieving is possible at this stage of the calendar.

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