Below are our computer predictions for the NBA games for Wednesday, January 16th. Remember that a positive number means that the home team is favored, while a negative number means the visiting team is favored, and a 3 point home court advantage is already built in. You can see the complete team rankings for the NBA and NFL by going to www.biasfreerankings.com!
Here are our computer predictions for today’s NBA games. A positive number in the difference column means the home team is favored, while a negative number means the visiting team is favored. For the complete NBA rankings, go to www.biasfreerankings.com/NBARankings.htm.
Happy holidays! Below are Bias Free Sports’ computer predictions for the NBA Christmas Eve games–we’ll also post tomorrow our predictions for the heavy slate of Christmas Day games. You can see all the NBA team ratings (as well as NFL and NCAA football ratings) at www.biasfreerankings.com (note–a positive number means the home team is favored, a negative number means the visiting team is favored, and the ratings include a home court advantage of 3 points):
Bias Free Sports is now posting its NBA matchup predictions on its NBA page at http://www.biasfreerankings.com/NBArankings.htm. Note that this page is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Explorer just doesn’t seem to read tables well.
Regarding the rankings, you should be very cautious in utilizing these rankings so early in the season. The way my model is built (primarily a margin of victory versus quality of opponent type model), it typically takes about 5-7 games for each team for the model to really start tracking accurately. So caveat emptor. I’ll put a post up in the near future giving you a rough idea of how the numbers are assimilated.
In the meantime, I’m having a real battle with myself over whether to produce NCAA basketball ratings. I have started and stopped numerous times on building the revamped model and have just looked at how much time it is taking to put that together, not to mention how much time each day it would take to input those day’s games. NBA games are easy enough because at most you might have 12 games a day. Opening night alone for the NCAA features 124 games. Every Saturday will have over 160 games. To keep ratings timely, you have to input that data as it happens, and that may not be a luxury I have. I continue to debate with myself about it, and I’m going to Vegas next week, so I’ll probably make a decision on this after my return. I don’t like posting ratings for the college teams anyway early for the same reason I gave above–you need about 4-5 games to give you a more accurate reading on a team.
Again, thoughts and prayers to all our friends on the east coast as you recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Here are predictions for today’s games in the NBA playoffs from Bias Free Sports based on our latest computer rankings. To read this chart, the team on the left is the home team. Subtracting the visiting team’s rating from the home team’s rating gives the predicted outcome (the number in the far right column). If the number is negative, the visiting team is favored, if the number is positive, the home team is favored. 3.5 points is added to the home team’s number for home court advantage. For example, in the Clippers-Memphis game, when you add the 3.5 points to the LA Clippers rating and then subtract the Grizzlies rating, the Clippers should be favored by 3.73 points. You can then compare that to the Vegas line. If the Clippers are favored by 3, then you would want to take the Clippers because the 3.73 point differential is greater than three. You can see all the NBA ratings as well as Major League Baseball team and player ratings by going to www.biasfreerankings.com.
It took nearly all season, but the San Antonio Spurs have taken over as the number one team in the latest computer rankings of NBA teams by Bias Free Sports. Chicago held that spot almost from day 1 of the season, but the last three weeks have seen an amazing run by the Spurs coupled with Derrick Rose’s injury to vault them over the Bulls. You can see the complete ratings, along with ratings for Major League Baseball, by going to http://www.biasfreerankings.com/nbarankings.htm