NHL/NBA Predictions 2021-22 by CoenM

Description

Until we get basketball on skates, answer these questions on how the coming NHL and NBA seasons will unfold. NOTE: This quiz will actually close at 10pm EDT on Friday, October 22.


Instructions

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.)

This quiz is closed for grading, and you can no longer submit answers. When the author has finished grading, the results will be published on this page.

Questions

Question 1

The Seattle Kraken join the NHL for the 2021-22 season, playing in the Pacific division. Name any TEAM from that division that will finish the regular season with fewer points. You may answer "none" if you believe the Kraken will finish in last place.

2020-21: N/A

Question 2

OVER/UNDER: 3.5 Canadian teams will make the NHL playoffs.

2020: over

Question 3

Name a PLAYER who will finish the regular season in the top five in points? All players will be counted correct if there is a tie.

2020-21: McDavid, Draisaitl, Marchand, Marner, Kane, Matthews, Rantanen

Question 4

Name a GOALIE who will finish in the top five in voting for the Vezina Trophy. All players will be counted correct if there is a tie.

2021: Fleury, Vasilevskiy, Grubauer, Hellebuyck, Varlamov

Question 5

What TEAM will win the Stanley Cup?

2021: Tampa Bay Lightning

Question 6

What COUNTRY will win the gold medal in men's ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will include NHL players?

2018: Olympic Athletes from Russia

Question 7

Name a TEAM that will win at least 50 regular season games during the 2021-22 NBA season. If you don't think any teams will do so, answer 'none.'

2020-21: Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz

Question 8

Current holdout Ben Simmons will: (A) play his first regular season game for the Philadelphia 76ers before the All-Star Break
(B) play his first regular season game for the Philadelphia 76ers after the All-Star break.
(C) Play his first regular season game for another NBA team before the All-Star break.
(D) play his first regular season game for another NBA team after the All-Star break.
(E) not play in a regular season NBA game during the 2021-22 season.

2020-21: A

Question 9

What team will "win" the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery by earning the first overall draft pick?

2021: Detroit Pistons

Question 10

Name a PLAYER OTHER THAN RUSSELL WESTBROOK who will finish in the top five in triple-doubles for the regular season.

2020:21: Jokic, Harden, Doncic, Sabonis

Question 11

What TEAM will win the NBA title?

2020-21: Milwaukee Bucks

Question 12

What PLAYER will be named the league MVP?

2021: Nikola Jokic