NBA/NHL Predictions 2021 by CoenM


I know, the games have already started, just consider it added data to use in making your predictions!


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

As of this writing (1/13), there are four teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference with at least seven wins - Boston, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia. Which ONE OF THESE TEAMS will end the regular season with the most wins?

Question 2

As far as the Western Conference goes, let's just assume that the LA Lakers will end the regular season with the most wins. What TEAM will have the second most regular season wins in the Western Conference? If you think the Lakers will actually finish second, you can answer them.

Question 3

TRUE OR FALSE: The New York Knicks will make the playoffs.

Question 4

What TEAM will win the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery this year?

Question 5

What TEAM will win the 2020-21 NBA title?

Question 6

What PLAYER will end the 2020-21 NBA regular season with the most points?

Question 7

Let's move to the ice. The NHL has temporarily realigned its divisions due to travel restrictions. What TEAM will win the new North division, which is comprised of all seven Canadian teams?

Question 8

Three of the four teams seeded into the second round of last season's expanded playoffs - Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington - were all put into the new East divison. WHICH ONE OF THOSE THREE TEAMS will finish with the most regular season wins?

Question 9

Seven teams did not make the playoffs for the 2019-20 season: Buffalo, New Jersey, Ottawa, Detroit, Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose. Name ANY ONE OF THESE TEAMS that will make the playoffs for the 2020-21 season. If you don't believe any of the teams will make the playoffs, answer NONE.

Question 10

This season will see two games played at (not on, sadly) Lake Tahoe - Boston v. Philadelphia and Colorado v. Vegas. What TWO TEAMS will win these games?

Question 11

What TEAM will win the Stanley Cup?

Question 12

What PLAYER will win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player?