Okay, just tell me how this makes sense: John Hollinger’s power rankings, based on statistics, rate the Boston Celtics as the NBA’s best team. The Celtics are also, according to Hollinger, projected to finish with the NBA’s best record.
So why, oh why, do the Celtics have only the seventh-best chance to win the title? According to Hollinger’s projections, the C’s have a 6.3% chance of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the season, behind — be patient, it’s a pretty long list — L.A. (8.9%), Dallas (7.4%), Orlando (7.3%), Cleveland (6.8%), Atlanta (6.8%), and Denver (6.4%).
Another sign Hollinger might want to change whatever formula it is that comes up with these projections? The New York Knicks (yes, THOSE Knicks) have a 3.2% chance of winning the title. So the Celtics are only twice as likely as the Knicks to win the championship… riiiggghhhtttt.
Methinks it’s time for Hollinger to go back to the lab and switch his formula. Anytime you can publish one ranking that states a team is the best team in the NBA, and simultaneously say that same team only has the seventh-best chance at a title, there is something wrong.
As a suggestion, John, I’d recommend you throw out any formula that says the Knicks have any chance at all to win a championship.