AI Predicts Golden State Warriors to Win NBA Finals

But the result contradicts ESPN BPI’s choice - who is right?

Deborah Yao, Editor, AI Business

June 2, 2022

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Unanimous AI's pick to win the 2022 NBA finals

Unanimous AI, whose Swarm intelligence platform consistently beats movie critics in Oscar predictions, has decided to pick the winner of the NBA Finals.

Tonight is Game 1 of the finals – in a best-of-seven game series − featuring a match-up between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

Fans of Stephen Curry rejoice: AI predicts Golden State Warriors will win. And they will prevail in six games.

But there is a caveat: While Unanimous AI had a prediction accuracy of 81% for this year’s Oscars, it was 55.6% for the regular season of the NBA.



However, Swarm AI still outperformed 96% of bettors, Joshua Sitzer, chief business officer of Unanimous AI, told IoT World Today’s sister publication AI Business.

“If someone simply bet 10% of their bankroll on each of our picks, the final profit for the season was $8,374,” he said. “This was much better than the average bettor which would have lost $2,608 by the end of the season on equally sized bets as us.”


Others’ Predictions

Bettors also favor the Warriors to win as of today, according to ESPN. Most sports experts also picked the Warriors.

But the analytics tell a different story. Polling aggregator analytics site FiveThirtyEight gives the Celtics an 80% probability of winning. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index picked the Celtics as well, at 86%. Both entities are owned by Disney.

This article first appeared in IoT World Today’s sister publication AI Business

About the Author(s)

Deborah Yao

Editor, AI Business

Deborah Yao is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Associated Press, Amazon and the Wharton School. A graduate of Stanford University, she is a business and tech news veteran with particular expertise in finance. She loves writing stories at the intersection of AI and business.

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