The NBA is back in action this week, which means it is time to fire up our NBA predictions again and see what the league’s future might hold. You may be surprised to learn that the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets seem great on paper, although the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings… don’t.
OK, so that is not surprising. But in the huge distance between bottom-feeders and the favorites, there are nonetheless some intriguing storylines and gamers to watch. And we’ll be bringing you a new way to follow those developments all season long following a tweak to how we make predictions this year. Scroll down to the bottom if you want the full details, but in a nutshell, our interactive page now contains two projection alternatives: pure Elo and CARMELO.1 The former is well known to FiveThirtyEight readers — it’s the simple version that looks on our franchise pages — but the latter is more complicated, with team depth charts and constantly updating player ratings to track just how much talent is on each group (after accounting for trades, injuries and dissatisfied teammates).

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