Here's a quick snapshot of the league thru Feb 2 (i.e. Clippers first 20 games).
Using the pythagorean wins method (which, if you don't what that is, check out this link W Pyth), you'll notice that using this method, the Clippers were predicted to win 11 games, but actually won 13. The prediction formula seems to "work" when comparing the other NBA teams versus their actual wins to date.
Some quick observations:
- Uh oh, Clippers project to be only the 10th best team in the West...behind the TWolves and Rockets! Yikes, getting blown out last night obviously hurt them in this exercise. Obviously, there's some margin for error here and just further illustrates how tight of a race it is out West.
- 76er's are projecting out to a 70 wins (assuming this was a full 82 season)!
Feel free to add any of your own observations/conclusions - I'll try to continues updating this periodically as we go thru the season.