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Taking a Look Back at Our NBA Predictions from the Start of the Season

April 7th, 2014 at 4:46 PM
By Sean Melia

The NBA regular season is winding down, the Boston Celtics have a few days off before playing their final five games. We thought we look back at the Eastern Conference predictions we made in October and compare them to what has actually happened. 

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Prediction                                                            Reality


Miami HeatMiami Heat
Indiana PacersIndiana Pacers
Chicago BullsToronto Raptors
Brooklyn NetsChicago Bulls
Atlanta HawksBrooklyn Nets
New York KnicksWashington Wizards
Cleveland CavaliersCharlotte Bobcats
Washington WizardsAtlanta Hawks
Detroit PistonsNew York Knicks
Toronto RaptorsCleveland Cavaliers
Milwaukee BucksDetroit Pistons
Charlotte BobcatsBoston Celtics
Boston CelticsOrlando Magic
Orlando MagicPhiladelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ersMilwaukee Bucks

We really liked the Cavs this year, and frankly they stunk. In our season preview we wrote, "Kyrie Irving will prove that he is a top-5 players, leading Cleveland into the playoffs for the first time since the decision. The only thing that would make it better would be a first round match-up with Miami." 

Yeah, none of that was correct at all. 

We also had some nice things to say about the Raptors but we genuinely did not think they would get better, especially after trading Rudy Gay. Here's what we said about the Raptors, " Another intriguing team. They finished strong at the end of last season following the Rudy Gay trade. Kyle Lowery is looking to make up for a lost season last year. They have athletes in DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson. Jonas Valanciunas could be the most improved player at the end of the season."

This Raptors team might be the biggest surprise in the Eastern Conference, other than the Indiana Pacers strange month of March (they do know that they shouldn't be tanking, right?). Kyle Lowery has been superb this season (ahem, in a contract year…). Terrence Ross was a bright spot, he filled in for Rudy Gay after the trade. He nearly doubled his scoring output from 6.4 PPG to 11+ from December-April. 

It looks like those top eight seeds are pretty set, barring an Atlanta collapse and a mini New York streak. The third seed is still up for grabs between the Raptors and the Bulls. Toronto currently owns the tie breaker. 

Clearly, predictions are useless tools but it's only fun if look back a bask in the correct predictions and laugh at the bad ones.

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Kyle Lowery, NBA, new york knicks, rudy gay, Terrence Ross, toronto raptors

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