18 NBA Predictions for 2018-19 Season

The NBA is back!!! Here are 18 predictions to get you ready for the 2018-19 NBA season.

For more specifics, check out our under/over win projections for each team.

  • Golden State Warriors will win NBA title (bold, I know)
  • East playoff teams will remain same as 2018 except Cavs will be replaced by Pistons
    • Exact order – Celtics, Raptors, Sixers, Bucks, Pacers, Wizards, Pistons, Heat
  • West playoff teams – Spurs make it, Wolves and Blazers don’t, Lakers and Nuggets do
    • Exact order – Warriors, Rockets, Thunder, Jazz, Lakers, Nuggets, Pelicans, Spurs
  • MVP will be Giannis Antetokounmpo ,who averages 30 ppg, 12 rpg, 8 apg
  • Lebron James carries the Lakers to the 5 seed in the west and beat the Jazz in the first round before losing to the Warriors – Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball both elevate their games
  • Jimmy Butler will be traded to the Heat by Thanksgiving
  • Kings and Hawks will both lose 60+ games
  • For the first time in his career, Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench and not start a game
  • Ben Simmons will hit a three pointer
  • Markelle Fultz starts to live up to the hype of being the #1 pick in 2017
  • Mavs guard Luka Doncic wins Rookie of the Year, and is the consensus pick
  • Despite comments from Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the Knicks will finish with a better record than the Nets
  • Kings coach Dave Joerger will be the first coach fired – not his fault, but the Kings lack significant talent (for more on which coaches will be fired)
  • Hawks forward Vince Carter gets bought out in February, after the trade deadline and finishes the season/his career with the Raptors
  • Grizzlies finish 10th in the west, behind Blazers and ahead of Wolves and Clippers, just a few games outside of the playoffs
  • Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell makes the crowded west all-star team
  • Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas wins Sixth Man of the Year

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Mike is a member of the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) and an alum of the University of Cincinnati.

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