NBA Power Rankings – November 15th Edition

Over the course of the past week, there have been another 58 NBA games that have been played, bringing the total number of games played to 151; over ten percent (12.28%) of the season complete. To date, we still have one undefeated team (Golden State, 11-0) and one winless team (Philadelphia, 0-10). Using the beta…

NBA Tracking Using Python: Warriors vs. Grizzlies

With the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies are set to square off for the second time this season tonight, we take an extended look at the most recent 119 – 69 Warrior win over the Grizzlies on November 2nd. We do this by looking at two consecutive possessions that resulted in a Warriors basket and a…

NBA Power Rankings – November 8th

After 12 days into the NBA season, we have seen 93 NBA games; approximately 7.5% of the 1,230 total regular season games. This suggests that each team should have played an average of 6.2 games. Of these 93 games, the distribution of games played is given as follows: 8 Games: Atlanta (7-1) 7 Games: Golden State (7-0),…

Building NBA Defenses Using the Convex Hull

When a basketball team employs a zone-type of defense, they are attempting to remove a specific element from the opposing team’s arsenal. For example, the 2-3 zone defense attempts to pack the lane by placing a strong defensive player in the center of the lane; a basket defender, if you will. This type of defense…

NFL Power Rankings Using Beta Regression

As Week 7 of the NFL season comes to a close, we have tallied a total of 119 of the 256 regular season football games. This equates to just over 46% of the season completed. In these seven weeks, we have four undefeated teams remaining: New England, Cincinnati, Denver, and Carolina. In a previous post, we used…

Hypothesis Testing: Is NBA Scoring Up This Year?

So far this season, the NBA has played 38 total games of the season’s 1,230 possible games. For these 38 games, we observe a total of 76 game scores across all teams. The observed 76 scores yielded some high results: 139, 136, 134, 132, 122, and 120; as well as some low results: 85, 78,…