Tag Archive: NBA postseason history

Jun 17

The Mathletics Behind Playoff Upsets, Part 2

In part two of this study, Adam Dobrowolski uses probability theory to evaluate the impact of scoring dynamics and series structure on the likelihood of playoff upsets in each of the four major American sports leagues. Of note, the NFL faces a statistical conundrum with its recent rash of upsets.

Jun 16

The Mathletics Behind Playoff Upsets, Part 1

In part one of this study, Adam Dobrowolski opens up the history to discover the frequency of playoff upsets in each of the four major American sports league. Of note, the NBA loves its dominant champs, while the MLB and NHL playoff teams must face virtual crapshoots.