Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
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    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
SUNS          36  9 5061 4703  0.007 21.557    1  0.580    1  0.587    1  0.479    1 0.5705   14  3.924    2  0.522    4  0.435
WARRIORS      34 13 5144 4787  0.040 22.997    2  0.464    2  0.458    2  0.392    2 0.5558   26  3.861   11  0.124    1  0.660
GRIZZLIES     32 17 5470 5312  0.029 24.355    3  0.312    3  0.315    5  0.240    3 0.5410   12  3.946    4  0.398   12  0.083
HEAT          30 17 5103 4893  0.010 22.885    4  0.272    4  0.269    6  0.236    4 0.5327   21  3.876   14  0.041    5  0.431
JAZZ          30 17 5369 5033 -0.023 22.091    5  0.238    5  0.229    3  0.324    6 0.5278    6  3.963    1  0.565   13  0.083
CAVALIERS     27 19 4942 4738  0.085 23.740    6  0.226    7  0.221    4  0.321    5 0.5284   27  3.859   13  0.045    3  0.597
BULLS         28 17 4965 4888 -0.015 21.805    7  0.218    6  0.221   15  0.027    7 0.5270    8  3.953    9  0.218   19 -0.164
NETS          29 17 5161 5052 -0.040 21.792    8  0.210    8  0.211   12  0.083    8 0.5266    5  3.969    6  0.355   21 -0.190
BUCKS         30 19 5489 5300 -0.042 23.032    9  0.186    9  0.181    8  0.186    9 0.5186   11  3.950    5  0.363   15  0.008
76ERS         27 19 4947 4862 -0.011 22.345   10  0.160   10  0.159   10  0.110   10 0.5186   23  3.871   22 -0.108    7  0.329
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
MAVERICKS     27 20 4947 4818  0.003 22.995   11  0.144   11  0.141    7  0.212   11 0.5185   30  3.827   25 -0.219    2  0.643
HORNETS       26 21 5361 5366  0.021 23.583   12  0.116   12  0.117   16  0.021   12 0.5136    1  4.006    3  0.488   28 -0.446
NUGGETS       24 21 4857 4810  0.023 22.508   13  0.082   13  0.082   13  0.062   13 0.5102   19  3.893   18 -0.048    9  0.172
CELTICS       24 24 5166 5065  0.018 23.811   14  0.013   15  0.011    9  0.156   16 0.5003   25  3.862   21 -0.108    6  0.420
RAPTORS       22 22 4698 4669  0.030 22.161   15  0.010   14  0.014   14  0.057   14 0.5012   18  3.895   17 -0.044   10  0.159
TIMBERWOLVES  23 23 5106 5060  0.012 22.810   16 -0.001   16  0.003   11  0.102   15 0.5011   10  3.951    8  0.281   17 -0.077
WIZARDS       23 24 5064 5164  0.000 23.434   17 -0.019   17 -0.013   24 -0.162   17 0.4964   15  3.918   23 -0.150   20 -0.174
CLIPPERS      23 25 5052 5110 -0.010 23.640   18 -0.050   18 -0.046   21 -0.115   18 0.4943   24  3.867   26 -0.354   11  0.124
KNICKS        23 24 4895 4912 -0.054 22.297   19 -0.066   19 -0.063   20 -0.067   22 0.4889   28  3.841   27 -0.434    8  0.300
HAWKS         21 25 5117 5138  0.025 23.208   20 -0.070   20 -0.067   18 -0.031   19 0.4921    4  3.980    7  0.299   26 -0.361
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
LAKERS        23 24 5232 5295 -0.083 21.930   21 -0.082   21 -0.078   22 -0.133   21 0.4902   13  3.946   15  0.020   23 -0.287
TRAIL BLAZERS 20 26 4987 5152  0.045 23.830   22 -0.092   22 -0.087   25 -0.175   20 0.4907    9  3.951   16  0.008   25 -0.358
PELICANS      17 28 4746 4935  0.023 23.060   23 -0.209   23 -0.207   23 -0.155   23 0.4735   17  3.906   24 -0.199   18 -0.110
PACERS        17 30 5084 5127  0.060 24.371   24 -0.215   24 -0.218   17 -0.025   24 0.4729   16  3.906   20 -0.070   14  0.019
SPURS         17 30 5190 5221 -0.013 23.061   25 -0.268   26 -0.273   19 -0.060   26 0.4655    7  3.960   10  0.168   24 -0.289
KINGS         18 30 5305 5497 -0.048 23.376   26 -0.276   25 -0.273   26 -0.299   25 0.4678    3  3.984   12  0.049   29 -0.647
THUNDER       14 32 4616 4960 -0.022 23.203   27 -0.389   27 -0.385   27 -0.406   27 0.4547   29  3.840   30 -0.776   16 -0.036
ROCKETS       14 33 5092 5466 -0.023 23.779   28 -0.402   28 -0.399   28 -0.442   28 0.4535    2  3.989   19 -0.064   30 -0.820
PISTONS       11 34 4613 5037 -0.018 22.964   29 -0.495   29 -0.496   30 -0.517   29 0.4406   20  3.885   29 -0.670   27 -0.364
MAGIC          9 39 4899 5308  0.010 24.605   30 -0.595   30 -0.604   29 -0.452   30 0.4278   22  3.875   28 -0.654   22 -0.251
``````

``````PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
SUNS          36  9 5061 4703  0.007 21.557    1  0.580    1  0.587    1  0.479    1 0.5705   14  3.924    2  0.522    4  0.435
WARRIORS      34 13 5144 4787  0.040 22.997    2  0.464    2  0.458    2  0.392    2 0.5558   26  3.861   11  0.124    1  0.660
CLIPPERS      23 25 5052 5110 -0.010 23.640   18 -0.050   18 -0.046   21 -0.115   18 0.4943   24  3.867   26 -0.354   11  0.124
LAKERS        23 24 5232 5295 -0.083 21.930   21 -0.082   21 -0.078   22 -0.133   21 0.4902   13  3.946   15  0.020   23 -0.287
KINGS         18 30 5305 5497 -0.048 23.376   26 -0.276   25 -0.273   26 -0.299   25 0.4678    3  3.984   12  0.049   29 -0.647
``````

``````NORTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
JAZZ          30 17 5369 5033 -0.023 22.091    5  0.238    5  0.229    3  0.324    6 0.5278    6  3.963    1  0.565   13  0.083
NUGGETS       24 21 4857 4810  0.023 22.508   13  0.082   13  0.082   13  0.062   13 0.5102   19  3.893   18 -0.048    9  0.172
TIMBERWOLVES  23 23 5106 5060  0.012 22.810   16 -0.001   16  0.003   11  0.102   15 0.5011   10  3.951    8  0.281   17 -0.077
TRAIL BLAZERS 20 26 4987 5152  0.045 23.830   22 -0.092   22 -0.087   25 -0.175   20 0.4907    9  3.951   16  0.008   25 -0.358
THUNDER       14 32 4616 4960 -0.022 23.203   27 -0.389   27 -0.385   27 -0.406   27 0.4547   29  3.840   30 -0.776   16 -0.036
``````

``````SOUTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
GRIZZLIES     32 17 5470 5312  0.029 24.355    3  0.312    3  0.315    5  0.240    3 0.5410   12  3.946    4  0.398   12  0.083
MAVERICKS     27 20 4947 4818  0.003 22.995   11  0.144   11  0.141    7  0.212   11 0.5185   30  3.827   25 -0.219    2  0.643
PELICANS      17 28 4746 4935  0.023 23.060   23 -0.209   23 -0.207   23 -0.155   23 0.4735   17  3.906   24 -0.199   18 -0.110
SPURS         17 30 5190 5221 -0.013 23.061   25 -0.268   26 -0.273   19 -0.060   26 0.4655    7  3.960   10  0.168   24 -0.289
ROCKETS       14 33 5092 5466 -0.023 23.779   28 -0.402   28 -0.399   28 -0.442   28 0.4535    2  3.989   19 -0.064   30 -0.820
``````

``````CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
CAVALIERS     27 19 4942 4738  0.085 23.740    6  0.226    7  0.221    4  0.321    5 0.5284   27  3.859   13  0.045    3  0.597
BULLS         28 17 4965 4888 -0.015 21.805    7  0.218    6  0.221   15  0.027    7 0.5270    8  3.953    9  0.218   19 -0.164
BUCKS         30 19 5489 5300 -0.042 23.032    9  0.186    9  0.181    8  0.186    9 0.5186   11  3.950    5  0.363   15  0.008
PACERS        17 30 5084 5127  0.060 24.371   24 -0.215   24 -0.218   17 -0.025   24 0.4729   16  3.906   20 -0.070   14  0.019
PISTONS       11 34 4613 5037 -0.018 22.964   29 -0.495   29 -0.496   30 -0.517   29 0.4406   20  3.885   29 -0.670   27 -0.364
``````

``````SOUTHEAST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
HEAT          30 17 5103 4893  0.010 22.885    4  0.272    4  0.269    6  0.236    4 0.5327   21  3.876   14  0.041    5  0.431
HORNETS       26 21 5361 5366  0.021 23.583   12  0.116   12  0.117   16  0.021   12 0.5136    1  4.006    3  0.488   28 -0.446
WIZARDS       23 24 5064 5164  0.000 23.434   17 -0.019   17 -0.013   24 -0.162   17 0.4964   15  3.918   23 -0.150   20 -0.174
HAWKS         21 25 5117 5138  0.025 23.208   20 -0.070   20 -0.067   18 -0.031   19 0.4921    4  3.980    7  0.299   26 -0.361
MAGIC          9 39 4899 5308  0.010 24.605   30 -0.595   30 -0.604   29 -0.452   30 0.4278   22  3.875   28 -0.654   22 -0.251
``````

``````ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
NETS          29 17 5161 5052 -0.040 21.792    8  0.210    8  0.211   12  0.083    8 0.5266    5  3.969    6  0.355   21 -0.190
76ERS         27 19 4947 4862 -0.011 22.345   10  0.160   10  0.159   10  0.110   10 0.5186   23  3.871   22 -0.108    7  0.329
CELTICS       24 24 5166 5065  0.018 23.811   14  0.013   15  0.011    9  0.156   16 0.5003   25  3.862   21 -0.108    6  0.420
RAPTORS       22 22 4698 4669  0.030 22.161   15  0.010   14  0.014   14  0.057   14 0.5012   18  3.895   17 -0.044   10  0.159
KNICKS        23 24 4895 4912 -0.054 22.297   19 -0.066   19 -0.063   20 -0.067   22 0.4889   28  3.841   27 -0.434    8  0.300
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
PACIFIC DIVISION   134 101 0.570    1  0.108
ATLANTIC DIVISION  125 106 0.541    2  0.084
CENTRAL DIVISION   113 119 0.487    3  0.015
NORTHWEST DIVISION 111 119 0.483    4 -0.020
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 109 126 0.464    5 -0.090
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 107 128 0.455    6 -0.093
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.151 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
0.013 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS vs. hosting at 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS Team Strength vs. Time Plot: 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS posted: Mon Jan 24 05:30:13 2022 games through: Sun Jan 23 2022 ```

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