Since Westgate’s over-unders have been tweeted out, it’s time for an immediate blog post. I guess this will be a yearly thing since I did this over 360 days ago, back when I sarcastically predicted Golden State would win 70 games if Harrison Barnes started over Andre Iguodala, and Marreese Speights
started became a stretch four. GEN.IUS. Well, this season I have one more weird prediction for Golden State and 29 others, but not really. There were some over-unders I didn’t really know what to go with, so like last year I let blog momentum and other factors decide some for me.
For whatever it’s worth, I went 17-13 for the 2014-15 season, which means I’m better than 17 out of every 30 NBA players. That’s how this works. We’ll have to wait and see if I got better over this off-season or not, or something. What am I talkiing about.
Among other teams to take road trips out west, Brooklyn and Charlotte each had a rough go of it in Week 3 (and in Week 2). They went a combined 1-7, including 1-5 last week with the only win between the two coming from Charlotte over Phoenix on Friday night. The West’s struggles largely came from Utah and Oklahoma City, together going 1-5 including the latter team losing to Detroit on Friday.
Overall, the West went 12-7 in Week 3. That includes Thursday’s 53-point victory by Dallas over Philadelphia, who just had to go through the brutal Texas Triangle this season. You can see how that Mavs blowout screws with Pythagorean records:
Taking out Dallas’ victory, the West had a point differential of just 1.22 over the other 18 games and a Pythagorean record of 9.8-8.2. Kind of amazing what a difference one game can make. Over the course of an entire season, I’d like to believe enormous victories are balanced out with the occasional “upset”. Even if we’re taking into account point differentials of multiple teams versus just one.
Here’s how Week 4 looks:
Week 4 brings 21 non-conference games with the West being repped in 10 of those by Phoenix, the Clippers, and San Antonio. Dallas, Portland, and Memphis take up six more games. Boston and Chicago have three games each for the East while Brooklyn, Cleveland and, um, Philadelphia play West foes twice. The East has a 13-8 edge in home/away games, so maybe that’s enough to prevent a solid week for the West.
Week 4 has a lot of fun matchups, though. In the meantime, I’m going to try and add some more posts this week. (Edit: Yeah that didn’t go well…)