NBA SportsLine projections: Warriors' chances to win title improve; Raptors and Celtics still top-two in East – CBSSports.com

The 2018-19 NBA season has been off to an entertaining start, and now that we’re a good three weeks in, it’s time to take stock of the league and see where things are heading. SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has run the simulations and crunched the numbers to give us some updated projections on where teams will finish this season. 

Here’s a look at the odds for every team to make the playoffs, win their conference and win the title. 

Eastern Conference

A few takeaways from these projections:

The Raptors and Celtics are still the favorites in the East. While the odds have tilted slightly in the Raptors’ favor for now, the projections show a greater than 60 percent chance that one of these teams will win the East.  The projections finally believe in the Bucks. Prior to the season, SportsLine’s projections saw them as a 43.5 win team, with just a 1.4 percent chance to win the East. Now, thanks to their 8-1 start, their win projection has shot up to nearly 54, while their chances to win the conference have jumped to 14.4 percent. 
Perhaps the most interesting projection for any team here is the Knicks. Before the season started, SportsLine’s data gave them just a 1.9 percent chance of making the playoffs. Yet despite a 3-7 start, the odds have spiked in New York’s favor, with SportsLine seeing them as having a 50/50 chance of making the playoffs.  Western Conference

A few takeaways from these projections:

The Warriors have looked completely dominant early in the season, and as a result, their title odds have shot way up. They were big favorites even before the season, with SportsLine giving them a 40 percent chance to win the title. Now? The Warriors’ chances for a

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