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2018-19 NBA Predictions: Central Division

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Victor Oladipo” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

There will definitely be some eyes looking towards this group of five, especially after the departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers. That could possibly pave the way for another team to top the division. If it won’t be the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Indiana Pacers could be front-runners for that title.

Along with the Pacers’ excellent season they had last year, the Milwaukee Bucks have had an excellent off-season, winning both of their games so far. The Detroit Pistons are also a team who must not be written off. New head coach Dwayne Casey has done some restructuring with the team and has won one match of three this preseason and lost to the Brooklyn Nets by just two points in overtime.

This division looks to be one of the most competitive in years and can either give us some shocking and different results this season or could end up just like last season.

 

1. INDIANA PACERS

OFFSEASON & REVIEW

Record: 48-34

Postseason Result: Lost in the first round, but challenged the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking them to seven games.

Offseason Acquisitions: 

  • Signed SG Tyreke Evans, F Doug McDermott, F Kyle O’Quinn in free agency.
  • Drafted PG Aaron Holiday and F Alize Johnson in the NBA Draft.

Offseason Departures:

  • Lost F Glenn Robinson III, SG Lance Stephenson and PG Joe Young in free agency.
  • Waived Al Jefferson.

2018-19 PREVIEW/THE BIG QUESTION

This team definitely found many eyes last season, and with the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland, they should only excel more. The team has been change around a little bit. They have picked up some excellent signings and draft picks. How well will these new additions help their star, Victor Oladipo? How much support Oladipo gets from these guys could determine how far they go.

Prediction: 50-32

 

2. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

OFFSEASON & REVIEW

Record: 50-32

Postseason Result: Wasn’t what many of us were expecting. It’s one thing to lose, it’s another thing to lose 0-4 IN THE FINALS. Despite that, they had an excellent season and postseason making their run to their fourth consecutive finals.

Offseason Acquisitions: 

  • Drafted G Collin Sexton in the NBA Draft.
  • Signed Channing Frye and David Nwaba in free agency.
  • Traded for F Sam Dekker.

Offseason Departures:

  • Lost LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Lost F Jeff Green and G Jose Calderon in free agency.

2018-19 PREVIEW/THE BIG QUESTION

Yes, many of us have to think twice about the route the Cleveland Cavaliers are taking this season. Some of us may even question their presence in the playoffs without LeBron James. However, Cleveland has done an excellent job utilizing their younger players and have made excellent signings, especially David Nwaba from the Chicago Bulls, who’s been rated as one of the most athletic players in the league.

Many are also backing eighth-overall draft pick, Collin Sexton, to have a great rookie season. It seems like Cleveland might be preparing him to be their next star. So with all this talent, can Cleveland’s young players keep them playoff bound?

Prediction: 48-34

 

3. MILWAUKEE BUCKS

OFFSEASON & REVIEW

Record: 44-38

Postseason Result: Lost to the Boston Celtics 4-3 in the first round of the playoffs.

Offseason Acquisitions: 

  • Signed Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez and Pat Connaughton in free agency.
  • Drafted Donte DiVincenzo in the NBA Draft.

Offseason Departures:

  • Lost F Jabari Parker to the Bulls in free agency.
  • Waived G Branon Jennings.

2018-19 PREVIEW/THE BIG QUESTION

The Bucks have built an excellent core of young talent and will look to continue their excellence in exploiting on the wings. They will face stiff competition, however, and might find it hard to improve from last year. However, if things were to improve, can the Bucks push for a second-round appearance in the playoffs? Can the Greek Freak continue improving himself and the team?

Prediction: 48-34

 

4. DETROIT PISTONS

OFFSEASON & REVIEW

Record: 39-43

Postseason Result: N/A

Offseason Acquisitions: 

  • Signed PG José Calderón, SG Glenn Robinson III and C Zaza Pachulia in free agency.
  • Drafted Bruce Brown Jr. and Khyri Thomas in the NBA Draft.

Offseason Departures:

  • Fired Coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Jeff Bower.
  • Lost Anthony Tolliver and James Ennis in free agency.

2018-19 PREVIEW/THE BIG QUESTION

Detroit looks to start a new season under a new manager and coach optimistically. They definitely have a talented enough squad to make improvements this year. But the question here is, can the players link together under new head coach Dwane Casey and get themselves into the playoffs?

Prediction: 40-42

 

5. CHICAGO BULLS

OFFSEASON & REVIEW

Record: 27-55

Postseason Result: N/A

Offseason Acquisitions: 

  • Selected Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison in the NBA Draft.
  • Signed F Jabari Parker in free agency.

Offseason Departures:

  • Lost PF Noah Vonleh and SG David Nwaba in free agency.
  • Traded Jerian Grant.

2018-19 PREVIEW/THE BIG QUESTION

This season, the Bulls have been blessed with a myriad of talented youth on their side, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll win many games. Within a few years, we should expect them to be playoff bound again, but for now, with much more organized teams in their division, they probably won’t make it out alive. But it does beg the question, if Chicago’s youth can continue to get better, can they push for a playoff spot this year?

Prediction: 30-52

 

PREDICTED DIVISION STANDINGS:

  1. Indiana Pacers (50-32)
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers (48-34)
  3. Milwaukee Bucks (48-34)
  4. Detroit Pistons (40-42)
  5. Chicago Bulls (30-52)
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Aman Huda

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1 Response

  1. bballscholar says:

    Hey good post bro but why you sleeping on my bulls? The bulls actually got players that can play defense and they are full of young bulls (see what i did there) lol

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