Apparently Sports Illustrated predicted the Milwaukee Bucks will win the Central Division and finish fifth overall in the Eastern Conference. So, obviously, neither will happen.
Sports Illustrated’s predictions are based on naked opinion and senseless clap-trap fed to them by anonymous NBA scouts. Neither is reliable.
Last season SI had the Bucks finishing dead last in the Eastern Conference, based largely on the losses of Charlie Villanueva and Richard Jefferson. Yes, I’m serious. So don’t give too much weight to Sports Illustrated’s predictive powers.
The NBA forecast system I like is the SCHOENE system developed by Kevin Pelton of BasketballProspectus. SCHOENE relies on established numbers and historic parallels. Its rather interesting. I’d like to see where they forecast the Milwaukee Bucks, but not quite enough to shell out for their basketball preview book.