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    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE 
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
LAKERS        68 24 10423  9868  0.083 48.909    1  0.682    1  0.629    2  0.375    1 0.5656   16  3.921    9  0.269    4  0.480
BUCKS         61 22  9774  9026  0.005 41.067    2  0.605    2  0.552    7  0.228    2 0.5542    9  3.984    2  0.446   17  0.009
RAPTORS       60 23  9321  8827  0.036 42.350    3  0.593    3  0.548    4  0.344    3 0.5542   22  3.908   13  0.173    2  0.516
CLIPPERS      56 29  9859  9340  0.070 44.671    4  0.467    4  0.412    3  0.362    4 0.5427   12  3.960    1  0.456    6  0.269
CELTICS       58 31 10042  9503  0.053 45.973    5  0.434    5  0.382    1  0.438    5 0.5409   20  3.911    8  0.284    1  0.592
HEAT          58 36 10489 10232  0.088 50.422    6  0.368    6  0.342    5  0.328    6 0.5357   21  3.909   14  0.165    3  0.491
NUGGETS       55 37 10165 10054  0.091 49.948    7  0.315    7  0.294    8  0.116    7 0.5319   24  3.899   19 -0.100    5  0.331
THUNDER       47 32  8678  8580  0.033 41.220    8  0.266    8  0.241   17 -0.025    9 0.5248   28  3.883   23 -0.316    7  0.266
ROCKETS       49 35  9774  9552  0.049 44.104    9  0.263   10  0.225    9  0.114    8 0.5254    5  4.006    3  0.445   22 -0.216
JAZZ          47 32  8807  8605  0.018 40.545   10  0.263    9  0.227   10  0.099   10 0.5242   17  3.919   17 -0.016   11  0.214
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
PACERS        45 32  8392  8291 -0.020 38.571   11  0.199   11  0.165   16 -0.004   11 0.5180   25  3.895   22 -0.237   10  0.230
MAVERICKS     45 36  9478  9165  0.039 41.881   12  0.183   12  0.144   14  0.013   13 0.5144    7  3.989   10  0.257   24 -0.231
76ERS         43 34  8486  8359  0.018 39.526   13  0.175   13  0.142   12  0.034   12 0.5147   19  3.914   20 -0.105   12  0.174
TRAIL BLAZERS 37 43  9167  9301  0.047 42.660   14 -0.014   14 -0.043   15  0.001   14 0.4960    3  4.012    5  0.365   26 -0.362
SUNS          34 39  8294  8278 -0.007 37.183   15 -0.054   15 -0.087    6  0.241   15 0.4907   10  3.978    4  0.429   14  0.053
SPURS         32 39  8098  8177  0.017 36.965   16 -0.069   16 -0.099   11  0.055   16 0.4892    8  3.987    7  0.286   21 -0.176
GRIZZLIES     34 40  8344  8426 -0.017 37.580   17 -0.079   17 -0.108   13  0.014   18 0.4878   11  3.976   12  0.188   19 -0.160
NETS          35 41  8471  8594 -0.037 38.180   18 -0.093   18 -0.118   21 -0.147   17 0.4881   13  3.955   18 -0.076   23 -0.218
MAGIC         34 44  8366  8486  0.023 40.925   19 -0.102   19 -0.130   18 -0.063   19 0.4870   29  3.880   25 -0.372    9  0.246
KINGS         31 41  7927  8074  0.006 37.334   20 -0.124   20 -0.150   19 -0.074   20 0.4828   15  3.923   21 -0.166   15  0.018
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
PELICANS      30 42  8341  8434  0.030 37.863   21 -0.143   21 -0.171   20 -0.098   21 0.4823    2  4.024    6  0.327   28 -0.522
HORNETS       23 42  6687  7126 -0.089 32.282   22 -0.357   22 -0.388   26 -0.243   22 0.4575   30  3.842   30 -0.737    8  0.251
WIZARDS       25 47  8238  8574 -0.104 35.034   23 -0.396   23 -0.434   29 -0.291   23 0.4542    1  4.046   11  0.254   30 -0.835
TIMBERWOLVES  19 45  7248  7523 -0.027 32.778   24 -0.437   24 -0.481   22 -0.172   25 0.4492    6  3.994   15  0.099   27 -0.442
BULLS         22 43  6945  7145 -0.135 30.621   25 -0.440   26 -0.484   23 -0.183   26 0.4489   27  3.890   28 -0.443   13  0.077
KNICKS        21 45  6983  7409 -0.094 32.598   26 -0.445   25 -0.482   25 -0.236   24 0.4500   26  3.894   29 -0.475   18  0.003
HAWKS         20 47  7488  8022 -0.056 34.170   27 -0.460   27 -0.495   27 -0.277   27 0.4484    4  4.008   16  0.069   29 -0.622
PISTONS       20 46  7078  7313 -0.122 31.500   28 -0.495   29 -0.546   24 -0.203   29 0.4426   23  3.899   26 -0.416   16  0.009
CAVALIERS     19 46  6948  7461 -0.095 32.472   29 -0.507   28 -0.542   28 -0.279   28 0.4437   14  3.934   24 -0.319   25 -0.238
WARRIORS      15 50  6912  7478 -0.026 33.749   30 -0.597   30 -0.638   30 -0.296   30 0.4331   18  3.915   27 -0.428   20 -0.165
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
TEAM           W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING

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 LAKERS 68 24 10423 9868 0.083 48.909 1 0.682 1 0.629 2 0.375 1 0.5656 16 3.921 9 0.269 4 0.480 CLIPPERS 56 29 9859 9340 0.070 44.671 4 0.467 4 0.412 3 0.362 4 0.5427 12 3.960 1 0.456 6 0.269 SUNS 34 39 8294 8278 -0.007 37.183 15 -0.054 15 -0.087 6 0.241 15 0.4907 10 3.978 4 0.429 14 0.053 KINGS 31 41 7927 8074 0.006 37.334 20 -0.124 20 -0.150 19 -0.074 20 0.4828 15 3.923 21 -0.166 15 0.018 WARRIORS 15 50 6912 7478 -0.026 33.749 30 -0.597 30 -0.638 30 -0.296 30 0.4331 18 3.915 27 -0.428 20 -0.165

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 NUGGETS 55 37 10165 10054 0.091 49.948 7 0.315 7 0.294 8 0.116 7 0.5319 24 3.899 19 -0.100 5 0.331 THUNDER 47 32 8678 8580 0.033 41.220 8 0.266 8 0.241 17 -0.025 9 0.5248 28 3.883 23 -0.316 7 0.266 JAZZ 47 32 8807 8605 0.018 40.545 10 0.263 9 0.227 10 0.099 10 0.5242 17 3.919 17 -0.016 11 0.214 TRAIL BLAZERS 37 43 9167 9301 0.047 42.660 14 -0.014 14 -0.043 15 0.001 14 0.4960 3 4.012 5 0.365 26 -0.362 TIMBERWOLVES 19 45 7248 7523 -0.027 32.778 24 -0.437 24 -0.481 22 -0.172 25 0.4492 6 3.994 15 0.099 27 -0.442

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 ROCKETS 49 35 9774 9552 0.049 44.104 9 0.263 10 0.225 9 0.114 8 0.5254 5 4.006 3 0.445 22 -0.216 MAVERICKS 45 36 9478 9165 0.039 41.881 12 0.183 12 0.144 14 0.013 13 0.5144 7 3.989 10 0.257 24 -0.231 SPURS 32 39 8098 8177 0.017 36.965 16 -0.069 16 -0.099 11 0.055 16 0.4892 8 3.987 7 0.286 21 -0.176 GRIZZLIES 34 40 8344 8426 -0.017 37.580 17 -0.079 17 -0.108 13 0.014 18 0.4878 11 3.976 12 0.188 19 -0.160 PELICANS 30 42 8341 8434 0.030 37.863 21 -0.143 21 -0.171 20 -0.098 21 0.4823 2 4.024 6 0.327 28 -0.522

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 BUCKS 61 22 9774 9026 0.005 41.067 2 0.605 2 0.552 7 0.228 2 0.5542 9 3.984 2 0.446 17 0.009 PACERS 45 32 8392 8291 -0.020 38.571 11 0.199 11 0.165 16 -0.004 11 0.5180 25 3.895 22 -0.237 10 0.230 BULLS 22 43 6945 7145 -0.135 30.621 25 -0.440 26 -0.484 23 -0.183 26 0.4489 27 3.890 28 -0.443 13 0.077 PISTONS 20 46 7078 7313 -0.122 31.500 28 -0.495 29 -0.546 24 -0.203 29 0.4426 23 3.899 26 -0.416 16 0.009 CAVALIERS 19 46 6948 7461 -0.095 32.472 29 -0.507 28 -0.542 28 -0.279 28 0.4437 14 3.934 24 -0.319 25 -0.238

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 58 36 10489 10232 0.088 50.422 6 0.368 6 0.342 5 0.328 6 0.5357 21 3.909 14 0.165 3 0.491 MAGIC 34 44 8366 8486 0.023 40.925 19 -0.102 19 -0.130 18 -0.063 19 0.4870 29 3.880 25 -0.372 9 0.246 HORNETS 23 42 6687 7126 -0.089 32.282 22 -0.357 22 -0.388 26 -0.243 22 0.4575 30 3.842 30 -0.737 8 0.251 WIZARDS 25 47 8238 8574 -0.104 35.034 23 -0.396 23 -0.434 29 -0.291 23 0.4542 1 4.046 11 0.254 30 -0.835 HAWKS 20 47 7488 8022 -0.056 34.170 27 -0.460 27 -0.495 27 -0.277 27 0.4484 4 4.008 16 0.069 29 -0.622

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 RAPTORS 60 23 9321 8827 0.036 42.350 3 0.593 3 0.548 4 0.344 3 0.5542 22 3.908 13 0.173 2 0.516 CELTICS 58 31 10042 9503 0.053 45.973 5 0.434 5 0.382 1 0.438 5 0.5409 20 3.911 8 0.284 1 0.592 76ERS 43 34 8486 8359 0.018 39.526 13 0.175 13 0.142 12 0.034 12 0.5147 19 3.914 20 -0.105 12 0.174 NETS 35 41 8471 8594 -0.037 38.180 18 -0.093 18 -0.118 21 -0.147 17 0.4881 13 3.955 18 -0.076 23 -0.218 KNICKS 21 45 6983 7409 -0.094 32.598 26 -0.445 25 -0.482 25 -0.236 24 0.4500 26 3.894 29 -0.475 18 0.003


DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
ATLANTIC DIVISION  217 174 0.555    1  0.079
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 190 192 0.497    2  0.066
PACIFIC DIVISION   204 183 0.527    3  0.051
NORTHWEST DIVISION 205 189 0.520    4  0.018
CENTRAL DIVISION   167 189 0.469    5 -0.141
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 160 216 0.426    6 -0.294

Home field advantage amounts to:
     0.188 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
     0.016 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
Predict score:
Team Strength vs. Time Plot:
posted: Mon Oct 12 05:30:59 2020
games through: Sun Oct 11 2020

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