Explanation: Each team is listed with its record, overall score differential, and its ratings. Brief explanations of the ratings follow.
• Schedule The number in this column is the effective opponent strength of a team. In other words, they would be expected to have the same record had they played all games against an opponent of this predictive rating at a neutral site. Because this calculation depends on the strength of the team in question, it is not possible to rank schedules using these values.
• Expected Losses For college teams, this number is the number of losses an average ranked (top 15 hockey; otherwise top 25) team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. For pro teams, this is the number of losses an average team would be expected to have against the team's schedule. Unlike the schedule ranking, this value can be used to rank schedules.
• Standard Ranks teams in an order such that a team is "probably better" than all teams ranked lower than it. This calculation uses margin of victory only for computing a team's opponents strengths; the team's rating itself is computed using only wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule
• Median Likelihood Determines the likely ratings for each team, based on its wins, losses, and ties relative to its schedule. This generally produces the same or similar ratings as the standard ranking.
• Predictive Both schedule strength and rating vs. schedule strength are determined considering both the wins and losses and the score differentials. This rating contains none of the biases in the standard rating, but does weight recent games slightly more than past games since those are a better indication of the team's current strength. This rating is the best of the first three for seeing how good teams are, and thus is the best for predicting future results.
• Improved RPI Rating The improved RPI formula is similar to the standard RPI, except that the schedule strength is carried out to infinite depth instead of ending with opponents' opponents, thus allows for a better comparison of isolated groups of teams than is given by the standard RPI calculation. It is similar to the simple rating, except that all games are given equal weight.
• Predictive-Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• Predictive-Offense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team scores. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to score the league average number of points. This does not necessarily rate a team's offensive abilities, as a fast pace in basketball or big-play defense in football can make a team score more points.
• Predictive-Defense. This combines the predictive and scoring ratings to measure how many points a team allows. The number is the predictive rating of an opponent against whom the team would be expected to allow the league average number of points. The same caveat in the predictive-offense rating applies here.
• Home Scoring. This is an adjustment to the scoring ranking applied at home. Values are nonzero only for baseball, where park effects can be significant.
In order to increase early-season stability, the three main rankings, the improved RPI, and the college pseudopoll include priors based on the previous season final predictive ratings and occasionally incorporating preseason predictions of various major publications. The other rankings for college sports do not include priors, and thus can be wildly unstable early in the year. A team whose rankings are affected by this prior is noted with a P following its rankings.

## Full Ranking

``````                                               STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SAN ANTONIO  76 30 10131  9555  0.121 55.781    1  2.377    1  0.610    1  0.545    1 0.5604  3.721  0.273  0.817  0.000
SACRAMENTO   66 28  9637  9076  0.108 48.730    2  2.289    2  0.561    2  0.452    2 0.5549  3.862  0.842  0.061  0.000
DALLAS       70 32 10526  9900  0.134 53.879    3  2.270    3  0.548    3  0.402    3 0.5547  3.886  0.908 -0.105  0.000
PORTLAND     53 36  8512  8291  0.083 46.407    4  1.850    4  0.281    6  0.225    5 0.5290  3.753  0.098  0.352  0.000
LA LAKERS    56 38  9433  9239  0.074 48.897    5  1.844    5  0.280    5  0.250    4 0.5300  3.861  0.635 -0.134  0.000
MINNESOTA    53 35  8649  8517  0.043 44.935    6  1.832    6  0.276    9  0.122    6 0.5281  3.825  0.333 -0.090  0.000
NEW JERSEY   63 39  9693  9198  0.009 49.723    7  1.824    7  0.268    4  0.267    7 0.5269  3.737  0.068  0.467  0.000
DETROIT      58 41  9021  8704 -0.022 47.717    8  1.651    9  0.169    8  0.140    9 0.5166  3.651 -0.447  0.727  0.000
UTAH         48 39  8227  8084  0.067 45.016    9  1.645    8  0.169   12  0.091    8 0.5175  3.748 -0.056  0.239  0.000
PHILADELPHIA 54 40  9046  8847 -0.018 45.772   10  1.602   10  0.147    7  0.159   10 0.5144  3.795  0.228  0.091  0.000
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
INDIANA      50 38  8487  8235 -0.050 41.597   11  1.520   11  0.105   14  0.080   12 0.5104  3.780  0.077  0.083  0.000
PHOENIX      46 42  8345  8284  0.060 45.694   12  1.498   12  0.095   10  0.118   11 0.5111  3.769  0.066  0.169  0.000
NEW ORLEANS  49 39  8256  8093 -0.038 42.273   13  1.497   13  0.093   13  0.082   13 0.5087  3.730 -0.148  0.312  0.000
HOUSTON      43 39  7688  7567  0.030 41.480   14  1.452   14  0.068   11  0.092   14 0.5077  3.723 -0.170  0.355  0.000
BOSTON       48 44  8545  8583 -0.020 45.463   15  1.375   15  0.029   17 -0.039   15 0.5022  3.743 -0.210  0.132  0.000
ORLANDO      45 44  8691  8731 -0.039 43.395   16  1.299   16 -0.020   18 -0.070   17 0.4972  3.859  0.306 -0.446  0.000
SEATTLE      40 42  7555  7565  0.023 41.660   17  1.298   17 -0.021   15  0.024   16 0.4989  3.711 -0.296  0.345  0.000
MILWAUKEE    44 44  8745  8752 -0.031 43.085   18  1.290   18 -0.026   16 -0.028   18 0.4961  3.873  0.415 -0.472  0.000
GOLDEN STATE 38 44  8400  8493  0.016 41.792   19  1.205   19 -0.073   19 -0.071   19 0.4931  3.948  0.749 -0.890  0.000
NEW YORK     37 45  7860  7971 -0.053 39.808   20  1.057   20 -0.150   20 -0.102   20 0.4834  3.818  0.077 -0.282  0.000
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
WASHINGTON   37 45  7502  7585 -0.069 39.300   21  1.020   21 -0.171   22 -0.187   21 0.4821  3.721 -0.460  0.087  0.000
ATLANTA      35 47  7714  8006 -0.078 39.658   22  0.913   22 -0.226   24 -0.265   22 0.4763  3.800 -0.173 -0.356  0.000
MEMPHIS      28 54  7995  8260  0.005 42.070   23  0.697   23 -0.362   21 -0.159   23 0.4640  3.853  0.188 -0.506  0.000
CHICAGO      30 52  7786  8207 -0.080 39.999   24  0.674   24 -0.371   25 -0.358   24 0.4626  3.827 -0.134 -0.581  0.000
LA CLIPPERS  27 55  7693  8031 -0.000 42.162   25  0.656   25 -0.384   23 -0.246   25 0.4611  3.801 -0.149 -0.342  0.000
MIAMI        25 57  7016  7430 -0.074 40.232   26  0.451   26 -0.505   27 -0.417   26 0.4486  3.631 -1.090  0.256  0.000
TORONTO      24 58  7453  7934 -0.093 39.846   27  0.382   27 -0.544   26 -0.406   27 0.4441  3.759 -0.506 -0.307  0.000
DENVER       17 65  6901  7580 -0.020 42.652   28  0.108   28 -0.707   28 -0.528   28 0.4321  3.633 -1.190  0.134  0.000
CLEVELAND    17 65  7495  8284 -0.099 40.482   29  0.000   29 -0.772   29 -0.601   29 0.4248  3.808 -0.472 -0.730  0.000
``````

``````PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SACRAMENTO   66 28  9637  9076  0.108 48.730    2  2.289    2  0.561    2  0.452    2 0.5549  3.862  0.842  0.061  0.000
PORTLAND     53 36  8512  8291  0.083 46.407    4  1.850    4  0.281    6  0.225    5 0.5290  3.753  0.098  0.352  0.000
LA LAKERS    56 38  9433  9239  0.074 48.897    5  1.844    5  0.280    5  0.250    4 0.5300  3.861  0.635 -0.134  0.000
PHOENIX      46 42  8345  8284  0.060 45.694   12  1.498   12  0.095   10  0.118   11 0.5111  3.769  0.066  0.169  0.000
SEATTLE      40 42  7555  7565  0.023 41.660   17  1.298   17 -0.021   15  0.024   16 0.4989  3.711 -0.296  0.345  0.000
GOLDEN STATE 38 44  8400  8493  0.016 41.792   19  1.205   19 -0.073   19 -0.071   19 0.4931  3.948  0.749 -0.890  0.000
LA CLIPPERS  27 55  7693  8031 -0.000 42.162   25  0.656   25 -0.384   23 -0.246   25 0.4611  3.801 -0.149 -0.342  0.000
``````

``````MIDWEST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
SAN ANTONIO  76 30 10131  9555  0.121 55.781    1  2.377    1  0.610    1  0.545    1 0.5604  3.721  0.273  0.817  0.000
DALLAS       70 32 10526  9900  0.134 53.879    3  2.270    3  0.548    3  0.402    3 0.5547  3.886  0.908 -0.105  0.000
MINNESOTA    53 35  8649  8517  0.043 44.935    6  1.832    6  0.276    9  0.122    6 0.5281  3.825  0.333 -0.090  0.000
UTAH         48 39  8227  8084  0.067 45.016    9  1.645    8  0.169   12  0.091    8 0.5175  3.748 -0.056  0.239  0.000
HOUSTON      43 39  7688  7567  0.030 41.480   14  1.452   14  0.068   11  0.092   14 0.5077  3.723 -0.170  0.355  0.000
MEMPHIS      28 54  7995  8260  0.005 42.070   23  0.697   23 -0.362   21 -0.159   23 0.4640  3.853  0.188 -0.506  0.000
DENVER       17 65  6901  7580 -0.020 42.652   28  0.108   28 -0.707   28 -0.528   28 0.4321  3.633 -1.190  0.134  0.000
``````

``````CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
DETROIT      58 41  9021  8704 -0.022 47.717    8  1.651    9  0.169    8  0.140    9 0.5166  3.651 -0.447  0.727  0.000
INDIANA      50 38  8487  8235 -0.050 41.597   11  1.520   11  0.105   14  0.080   12 0.5104  3.780  0.077  0.083  0.000
NEW ORLEANS  49 39  8256  8093 -0.038 42.273   13  1.497   13  0.093   13  0.082   13 0.5087  3.730 -0.148  0.312  0.000
MILWAUKEE    44 44  8745  8752 -0.031 43.085   18  1.290   18 -0.026   16 -0.028   18 0.4961  3.873  0.415 -0.472  0.000
ATLANTA      35 47  7714  8006 -0.078 39.658   22  0.913   22 -0.226   24 -0.265   22 0.4763  3.800 -0.173 -0.356  0.000
CHICAGO      30 52  7786  8207 -0.080 39.999   24  0.674   24 -0.371   25 -0.358   24 0.4626  3.827 -0.134 -0.581  0.000
TORONTO      24 58  7453  7934 -0.093 39.846   27  0.382   27 -0.544   26 -0.406   27 0.4441  3.759 -0.506 -0.307  0.000
CLEVELAND    17 65  7495  8284 -0.099 40.482   29  0.000   29 -0.772   29 -0.601   29 0.4248  3.808 -0.472 -0.730  0.000
``````

``````ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI
TEAM          W  L    PF    PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  P-SCR  P-OFF  P-DEF  H-SCR
NEW JERSEY   63 39  9693  9198  0.009 49.723    7  1.824    7  0.268    4  0.267    7 0.5269  3.737  0.068  0.467  0.000
PHILADELPHIA 54 40  9046  8847 -0.018 45.772   10  1.602   10  0.147    7  0.159   10 0.5144  3.795  0.228  0.091  0.000
BOSTON       48 44  8545  8583 -0.020 45.463   15  1.375   15  0.029   17 -0.039   15 0.5022  3.743 -0.210  0.132  0.000
ORLANDO      45 44  8691  8731 -0.039 43.395   16  1.299   16 -0.020   18 -0.070   17 0.4972  3.859  0.306 -0.446  0.000
NEW YORK     37 45  7860  7971 -0.053 39.808   20  1.057   20 -0.150   20 -0.102   20 0.4834  3.818  0.077 -0.282  0.000
WASHINGTON   37 45  7502  7585 -0.069 39.300   21  1.020   21 -0.171   22 -0.187   21 0.4821  3.721 -0.460  0.087  0.000
MIAMI        25 57  7016  7430 -0.074 40.232   26  0.451   26 -0.505   27 -0.417   26 0.4486  3.631 -1.090  0.256  0.000
``````

``````DIVISION            W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
PACIFIC DIVISION  326 285 0.534    1  0.111
MIDWEST DIVISION  335 294 0.533    2  0.107
ATLANTIC DIVISION 309 314 0.496    3 -0.055
CENTRAL DIVISION  307 384 0.444    4 -0.214
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.326 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
0.031 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: ATLANTA BOSTON CHICAGO CLEVELAND DALLAS DENVER DETROIT GOLDEN STATE HOUSTON INDIANA LA CLIPPERS LA LAKERS MEMPHIS MIAMI MILWAUKEE MINNESOTA NEW JERSEY NEW ORLEANS NEW YORK ORLANDO PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PORTLAND SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TORONTO UTAH WASHINGTON vs. hosting at ATLANTA BOSTON CHICAGO CLEVELAND DALLAS DENVER DETROIT GOLDEN STATE HOUSTON INDIANA LA CLIPPERS LA LAKERS MEMPHIS MIAMI MILWAUKEE MINNESOTA NEW JERSEY NEW ORLEANS NEW YORK ORLANDO PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PORTLAND SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TORONTO UTAH WASHINGTON Team Strength vs. Time Plot: ATLANTA BOSTON CHICAGO CLEVELAND DALLAS DENVER DETROIT GOLDEN STATE HOUSTON INDIANA LA CLIPPERS LA LAKERS MEMPHIS MIAMI MILWAUKEE MINNESOTA NEW JERSEY NEW ORLEANS NEW YORK ORLANDO PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX PORTLAND SACRAMENTO SAN ANTONIO SEATTLE TORONTO UTAH WASHINGTON posted: Mon Dec 31 14:13:16 2007 games through: Sun Jun 15 2003 ```

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