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.
• Scoring. This value indicates how many points a team would be expected to score if it played an identical team.
• 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.
• 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.
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    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
CELTICS       44 12 6766 6193  0.048 27.206    1  0.702    1  0.688    1  0.651    1 0.5685   17  3.971    3  0.616    3  0.687
TIMBERWOLVES  39 16 6268 5869  0.083 27.548    2  0.528    2  0.512    2  0.542    2 0.5554   29  3.888   14  0.092    1  0.991
THUNDER       38 17 6653 6243  0.072 27.362    3  0.487    3  0.471    3  0.485    3 0.5504   10  4.009    2  0.649    9  0.320
CLIPPERS      36 18 6375 6102  0.061 26.914    4  0.427    4  0.417    5  0.339    4 0.5434   13  3.986    7  0.385   10  0.293
NUGGETS       37 19 6397 6205  0.049 27.951    5  0.413    5  0.409    9  0.169    5 0.5409   21  3.932   18 -0.064    6  0.403
CAVALIERS     36 18 6198 5904 -0.025 25.175    6  0.345    6  0.336    4  0.385    6 0.5335   25  3.913   16  0.058    2  0.712
PELICANS      34 22 6532 6277  0.039 27.543    7  0.269    7  0.259    6  0.337    7 0.5285   18  3.966    9  0.280    7  0.394
KNICKS        34 22 6407 6143  0.022 27.057    8  0.257    8  0.247    7  0.302    8 0.5250   23  3.924   17  0.032    4  0.572
KINGS         32 23 6521 6490  0.054 28.018   10  0.218   10  0.219   15  0.068    9 0.5244    8  4.014   10  0.257   17 -0.121
BUCKS         35 21 6833 6655 -0.053 25.959    9  0.231    9  0.231   11  0.116   10 0.5227    3  4.061    4  0.557   23 -0.325
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
MAVERICKS     33 23 6649 6561  0.009 27.476   11  0.204   11  0.206   12  0.109   11 0.5226    5  4.042    5  0.448   21 -0.230
MAGIC         31 25 6261 6206  0.051 28.376   12  0.163   12  0.166   13  0.093   12 0.5162   26  3.903   22 -0.286    5  0.472
SUNS          33 23 6581 6412 -0.070 25.643   14  0.130   14  0.128   10  0.156   13 0.5156   14  3.982   12  0.180   14  0.132
LAKERS        31 27 6785 6796  0.035 29.257   15  0.110   15  0.115   17  0.026   14 0.5123    9  4.010   11  0.196   18 -0.144
76ERS         32 23 6486 6263 -0.043 25.510   13  0.141   13  0.137   14  0.071   15 0.5118   15  3.981   15  0.092   15  0.050
WARRIORS      28 26 6474 6374  0.063 27.503   16  0.091   16  0.092    8  0.193   16 0.5102    7  4.024    6  0.437   16 -0.052
PACERS        32 26 7166 7086 -0.024 27.765   17  0.082   17  0.085   16  0.043   17 0.5090    1  4.109    1  0.747   27 -0.660
HEAT          30 25 6082 6071 -0.028 26.426   18  0.075   18  0.080   18  0.001   18 0.5077   27  3.901   25 -0.387    8  0.388
JAZZ          26 31 6717 6875  0.000 28.428   19 -0.098   19 -0.092   21 -0.141   19 0.4916    6  4.037   13  0.173   24 -0.454
BULLS         26 30 6261 6341 -0.045 26.810   20 -0.117   20 -0.112   20 -0.084   20 0.4881   24  3.914   26 -0.407   11  0.238
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
ROCKETS       24 31 6225 6215  0.023 27.434   21 -0.130   21 -0.127   19 -0.020   21 0.4874   22  3.929   21 -0.265   12  0.226
HAWKS         24 31 6673 6814 -0.024 26.928   22 -0.161   22 -0.153   22 -0.215   22 0.4810    2  4.090    8  0.382   29 -0.812
GRIZZLIES     20 36 5996 6328  0.038 29.038   24 -0.273   24 -0.267   25 -0.323   23 0.4720   30  3.887   28 -0.778   13  0.133
NETS          21 34 6214 6365 -0.004 27.411   23 -0.270   23 -0.264   23 -0.238   24 0.4715   19  3.962   23 -0.318   19 -0.158
RAPTORS       20 36 6384 6570 -0.030 27.488   25 -0.343   25 -0.342   24 -0.260   25 0.4633   16  3.980   20 -0.248   22 -0.271
TRAIL BLAZERS 15 39 5825 6302 -0.002 27.836   26 -0.490   26 -0.485   29 -0.555   26 0.4506   28  3.900   30 -0.949   20 -0.161
HORNETS       14 41 5982 6554 -0.090 26.693   27 -0.599   27 -0.598   30 -0.684   27 0.4357   20  3.950   29 -0.826   25 -0.542
SPURS         11 45 6272 6751 -0.016 28.536   28 -0.701   28 -0.712   26 -0.481   28 0.4298   12  3.999   24 -0.366   26 -0.595
WIZARDS        9 46 6308 6819 -0.050 27.352   29 -0.825   29 -0.846   28 -0.553   29 0.4165    4  4.046   19 -0.193   30 -0.913
PISTONS        8 47 6210 6717 -0.057 27.324   30 -0.868   30 -0.893   27 -0.548   30 0.4127   11  4.002   27 -0.419   28 -0.676
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
``````

``````PACIFIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
CLIPPERS      36 18 6375 6102  0.061 26.914    4  0.427    4  0.417    5  0.339    4 0.5434   13  3.986    7  0.385   10  0.293
KINGS         32 23 6521 6490  0.054 28.018   10  0.218   10  0.219   15  0.068    9 0.5244    8  4.014   10  0.257   17 -0.121
SUNS          33 23 6581 6412 -0.070 25.643   14  0.130   14  0.128   10  0.156   13 0.5156   14  3.982   12  0.180   14  0.132
LAKERS        31 27 6785 6796  0.035 29.257   15  0.110   15  0.115   17  0.026   14 0.5123    9  4.010   11  0.196   18 -0.144
WARRIORS      28 26 6474 6374  0.063 27.503   16  0.091   16  0.092    8  0.193   16 0.5102    7  4.024    6  0.437   16 -0.052
``````

``````NORTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
TIMBERWOLVES  39 16 6268 5869  0.083 27.548    2  0.528    2  0.512    2  0.542    2 0.5554   29  3.888   14  0.092    1  0.991
THUNDER       38 17 6653 6243  0.072 27.362    3  0.487    3  0.471    3  0.485    3 0.5504   10  4.009    2  0.649    9  0.320
NUGGETS       37 19 6397 6205  0.049 27.951    5  0.413    5  0.409    9  0.169    5 0.5409   21  3.932   18 -0.064    6  0.403
JAZZ          26 31 6717 6875  0.000 28.428   19 -0.098   19 -0.092   21 -0.141   19 0.4916    6  4.037   13  0.173   24 -0.454
TRAIL BLAZERS 15 39 5825 6302 -0.002 27.836   26 -0.490   26 -0.485   29 -0.555   26 0.4506   28  3.900   30 -0.949   20 -0.161
``````

``````SOUTHWEST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
PELICANS      34 22 6532 6277  0.039 27.543    7  0.269    7  0.259    6  0.337    7 0.5285   18  3.966    9  0.280    7  0.394
MAVERICKS     33 23 6649 6561  0.009 27.476   11  0.204   11  0.206   12  0.109   11 0.5226    5  4.042    5  0.448   21 -0.230
ROCKETS       24 31 6225 6215  0.023 27.434   21 -0.130   21 -0.127   19 -0.020   21 0.4874   22  3.929   21 -0.265   12  0.226
GRIZZLIES     20 36 5996 6328  0.038 29.038   24 -0.273   24 -0.267   25 -0.323   23 0.4720   30  3.887   28 -0.778   13  0.133
SPURS         11 45 6272 6751 -0.016 28.536   28 -0.701   28 -0.712   26 -0.481   28 0.4298   12  3.999   24 -0.366   26 -0.595
``````

``````CENTRAL DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
CAVALIERS     36 18 6198 5904 -0.025 25.175    6  0.345    6  0.336    4  0.385    6 0.5335   25  3.913   16  0.058    2  0.712
BUCKS         35 21 6833 6655 -0.053 25.959    9  0.231    9  0.231   11  0.116   10 0.5227    3  4.061    4  0.557   23 -0.325
PACERS        32 26 7166 7086 -0.024 27.765   17  0.082   17  0.085   16  0.043   17 0.5090    1  4.109    1  0.747   27 -0.660
BULLS         26 30 6261 6341 -0.045 26.810   20 -0.117   20 -0.112   20 -0.084   20 0.4881   24  3.914   26 -0.407   11  0.238
PISTONS        8 47 6210 6717 -0.057 27.324   30 -0.868   30 -0.893   27 -0.548   30 0.4127   11  4.002   27 -0.419   28 -0.676
``````

``````SOUTHEAST DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
MAGIC         31 25 6261 6206  0.051 28.376   12  0.163   12  0.166   13  0.093   12 0.5162   26  3.903   22 -0.286    5  0.472
HEAT          30 25 6082 6071 -0.028 26.426   18  0.075   18  0.080   18  0.001   18 0.5077   27  3.901   25 -0.387    8  0.388
HAWKS         24 31 6673 6814 -0.024 26.928   22 -0.161   22 -0.153   22 -0.215   22 0.4810    2  4.090    8  0.382   29 -0.812
HORNETS       14 41 5982 6554 -0.090 26.693   27 -0.599   27 -0.598   30 -0.684   27 0.4357   20  3.950   29 -0.826   25 -0.542
WIZARDS        9 46 6308 6819 -0.050 27.352   29 -0.825   29 -0.846   28 -0.553   29 0.4165    4  4.046   19 -0.193   30 -0.913
``````

``````ATLANTIC DIVISION
STANDARD   MED LIKELY  PREDICTIVE  IMPRVD RPI    SCORING     OFFENSE     DEFENSE
TEAM           W  L   PF   PA  SCHED  ELOSS  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING  RNK RATING
CELTICS       44 12 6766 6193  0.048 27.206    1  0.702    1  0.688    1  0.651    1 0.5685   17  3.971    3  0.616    3  0.687
KNICKS        34 22 6407 6143  0.022 27.057    8  0.257    8  0.247    7  0.302    8 0.5250   23  3.924   17  0.032    4  0.572
76ERS         32 23 6486 6263 -0.043 25.510   13  0.141   13  0.137   14  0.071   15 0.5118   15  3.981   15  0.092   15  0.050
NETS          21 34 6214 6365 -0.004 27.411   23 -0.270   23 -0.264   23 -0.238   24 0.4715   19  3.962   23 -0.318   19 -0.158
RAPTORS       20 36 6384 6570 -0.030 27.488   25 -0.343   25 -0.342   24 -0.260   25 0.4633   16  3.980   20 -0.248   22 -0.271
``````

``````DIVISION             W   L   PCT  RNK RATING
ATLANTIC DIVISION  151 127 0.543    1  0.179
PACIFIC DIVISION   160 117 0.578    2  0.168
NORTHWEST DIVISION 155 122 0.560    3  0.139
CENTRAL DIVISION   137 142 0.491    4 -0.047
SOUTHWEST DIVISION 122 157 0.437    5 -0.103
SOUTHEAST DIVISION 108 168 0.391    6 -0.323
``````

``````Home field advantage amounts to:
0.192 points in main ratings (0.186 for semineutral)
0.017 points in improved RPI (0.019 for semineutral)
Average of 2.15 points per score
``````
```Predict score: 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS vs. hosting at 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS Team Strength vs. Time Plot: 76ERS BUCKS BULLS CAVALIERS CELTICS CLIPPERS GRIZZLIES HAWKS HEAT HORNETS JAZZ KINGS KNICKS LAKERS MAGIC MAVERICKS NETS NUGGETS PACERS PELICANS PISTONS RAPTORS ROCKETS SPURS SUNS THUNDER TIMBERWOLVES TRAIL BLAZERS WARRIORS WIZARDS posted: Fri Feb 23 05:30:21 2024 games through: Thu Feb 22 2024 ```

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