2019-2020 Western Conference Prediction Contest

Discussion in 'Utah Jazz' started by silesian, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. silesian

    silesian Well-Known Member

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    Same rules as last year.....

    1. Post your final standings prediction for all 15 teams.

    2.All predictions are frozen at first regular season game tip-off. Any changes are okay before then.

    3. Your score is based on the net difference between your prediction and standings. For example, if you pick the Clippers to be first and they are in fourth, you receive 3 points for the Spurs. Low score wins.

    4. Ranking is based on win% only.

    5. Tied teams each receive an averaged score. For example, two teams tied for 5th/6th place are each scored as 5.5. Three teams tied for 10/11/12 are each scored as 11.

    6. I'll post standings periodically through the season.

    7. Please use the same acronyms and format as below. This makes my spreadsheeting easier.

    Here are my preliminary picks to get the ball rolling (this will change before the season starts). While my brain says clippers 1 and Jazz 2, I'm sticking with my homerism only because I never want a reason to root against my guys.

    1. UTA
    2. LAC
    3. DEN
    4. HOU
    5. GSW
    6. NOP
    7. SAS
    8. SAC
    9. POR
    10. DAL
    11. LAL
    12. MIN
    13. PHX
    14. MEM
    15. OKC


    I unsuccessfully tried to pawn this off on Jazzfan4life, haha. If someone else wants to administer this contest, I'm happy to pass the baton.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
  2. NAOS

    NAOS Well-Known Member

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    Holy NOP, POR, and LAL!
     
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  3. silesian

    silesian Well-Known Member

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    yeah, I kinda agree my initial picks are pretty stupid : -)

    POR lost a lot
    NOP is rising
    And I just hate the Lakers.

    But after I look at all of this "logically" I'm sure my picks will change before tipoff
     
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  4. NAOS

    NAOS Well-Known Member

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    Subject to change:

    1. UTA
    2. HOU
    3. LAC
    4. DEN
    5. POR
    6. GSW
    7. LAL
    8. SAS
    9. DAL
    10. SAC
    11. OKC
    12. NOP
    13. MIN
    14. MEM
    15. PHX
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2019
  5. Handlogten's Heros

    Handlogten's Heros Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    1- Denver
    2- Utah
    3- Houston
    4- Clips
    5- Warriors
    6- Lakers
    7- Portland
    8- SA
    9- Dallas
    10- Sac
    11- NOP
    12- Minny
    13- OKC
    14- Phoenix
    15- Memphis
     
  6. Catchall

    Catchall Well-Known Member 2019 Prediction Contest Winner

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    1 Jazz (56 wins)
    2 Nuggets (53 wins)
    3 Rockets (51 wins)
    4 Clippers (50 wins)
    5 Lakers (48 wins )
    6 Blazers (47 wins)
    7 Spurs (46 wins)
    8 Warriors (45 wins)
    9 Mavs (41 wins)
    10 Kings (40 wins)
    11 Pelicans (39 wins)
    12 Thunder (37 wins)
    13 T'wolves (36 wins)
    14 Suns (28 wins)
    15 Grizzlies (23 wins)
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019 at 10:09 PM
  7. Stoked

    Stoked Well-Known Member Contributor 2018 Award Winner

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    1 LAC
    2 UTA
    3 DEN
    4 POR
    5 LAL
    6 HOU
    7 GSW
    8 NOP
    9 SAS
    10 SAC
    11 DAL
    12 MIN
    13 OKC
    14 MEM
    15 PHX

    This year is so hard. I think 1-3 will be really close, 4-7 close, and 8-12 will be close.
     
  8. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    I'm not ready to submit my picks yet, as I think it's fairly challenging to figure this out because there are a number of teams that I could see having a pretty wide range to how they finish, but here are a couple of my preliminary thoughts:

    Clippers: this is a team that has surprised last year. They were supposed to suck and they didn't. They were supposed to get worse after trading Harris and they didn't. They took that same 8th seed team and replaced the roles of Harris and Gallo with George and Kawhi? I think they'll have a really good regular season, regardless of load management.

    Lakers: this is a team I could see having a big range in where they finish. I think their surrounding talent is better than advertised. I think they'll kinda be like the LeBron Cavs, where they can put together really good stretches and climb the standings, but still not really be as good as their record, or they can struggle but you know they're still in it.

    Denver: I remain skeptical. I understand internal growth, but this was a team that missed the playoffs before this season. I believe their regular season record last year was more flukey.

    OKC: I think this is a team that could surprise. They've been playing Westbrook ball and now have a bit more balance. Paul + Adams + Gallo can still win in stretches.

    Portland: This team always seems to do better than expected. They did lose some good defensive pieces on paper. I just feel like they'll surprise again.

    Houston: Again, they jettisoned Luc and Ariza last year while losing Bzdelik. They picked up Melo. They sucked. Luckily, they were able to turn it around on the defensive end after they brought back Bzdelik out of retirement. They've since fired him. Good luck. They're ****ed. They have enough individual talent to beat anyone on any given night, but they're ****ed.
     
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  9. outerspacefan

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    1. LAC
    2. DEN
    3. LAL
    4. GSW
    5. HOU
    6. UTA
    7. POR
    8. SAS
    9. SAC
    10. DAL
    11. MIN
    12. NOP
    13. OKC
    14. MEM
    15. PHO
     
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  10. addictionary

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    1. LAC
    2. UTA
    3. HOU
    4. POR
    5. DEN
    6. DAL
    7. GSW
    8. LAL
    9. NOP
    10. SAS
    11.OKC
    12. SAC
    13. MIN
    14. MEM
    15. PHX
     
  11. SCS

    SCS Well-Known Member

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    San Antonio is not missing the playoffs lol.
     
  12. Wes Mantooth

    Wes Mantooth Well-Known Member

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    1. Den
    2. LAC
    3. LAL
    4. Houston
    5. Utah
    6. Port
    7. GS
    8. SA
     
  13. tfivas

    tfivas Well-Known Member 2019 Prediction Contest Winner

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    1. Denver
    2. Houston
    3. Utah
    4. LAC
    5. Lakers
    6. Portland
    7. GSW
    8. SAS
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    9. Dallas
    10. NOP
    11. OKC
    12. SAC
    13. Minny
    14. Memphis
    15. Phx
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2019 at 11:58 AM
  14. hawkeye

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    Does OKC own their 1st rd pick for 2020? If so, I could see them blowing it up even more and gunning for the best odds for a 1-3 pick. I'd push them down to 14 if that were the case.
    1. LAC
    2. UTA
    3. DEN
    4. POR
    5. HOU
    6. GSW
    7. LAL
    8. SAS
    9. NOP
    10. SAC
    11. DAL
    12. OKC
    13. MIN
    14. MEM
    15. PHX
     
  15. Jazz Spazz

    Jazz Spazz Inconceivable Staff Member

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    Placeholder picks.

    1. Jazz
    2. Nuggets
    3. Lakers
    4. Clippers
    5. Blazers
    6. Warriors
    7. Spurs
    8. Rockets
    9. Pelicans
    10. Mavs
    11. Kings
    12. TWolves
    13. Grizz
    14. Thunder
    15. Suns
     
  16. Zombie

    Zombie Well-Known Member

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    1. Nuggets
    2. Jazz
    3. Clippers
    4. Lakers
    5. Blazers
    6. Rockets
    7. Warriors
    8. Spurs
    9. Kings
    10. Pelicans
    11. Thunder
    12. Mavericks
    13. Timberwolves
    14. Suns
    15. Grizzlies
     
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  17. NAOS

    NAOS Well-Known Member

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    my initial ranking had them missing the playoffs. I think I was making too much out of the rumors that DeRozan is on-the-block. I've edited my ranks and put them in 8th... because I pretty much agree that you shouldn't be betting on Dallas, Sacramento, or Minnesota over them.
     
  18. Engorged On Unborn Gore

    Engorged On Unborn Gore Well-Known Member

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    1. UTA
    2. LAC
    3. DEN
    4. LAL
    5. HOU
    6. POR
    7. GSW
    8. SAS
    9. NOP
    10. SAC
    11. MIN
    12. DAL
    13. OKC
    14. PHX
    15. MEM
     
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  19. Catchall

    Catchall Well-Known Member 2019 Prediction Contest Winner

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    So Paul George may miss the first month of the season after having surgery on both shoulders this offseason. That's going to throw a wrench.
     
  20. Eminence

    Eminence Well-Known Member

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    1. Jazz
    2. Warriors
    3. Lakers
    4. Clippers
    5. Rockets
    6. Nuggets
    7. Blazers
    8. Pelicans
    9. Mavs
    10. Spurs
    11. Thunder
    12. Kings
    13. Wolves
    14. Suns
    15. Grizzlies
     

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