# Comparing West vs. East: If the NBA Playoffs Were Seeded Like the NCAA

Over the past couple decades, we have heard effectively the same complaint that the NBA’s Western Conference is simply too tough and that the Eastern Conference teams have it relatively easy. During the last decade, it’s the primary reason that people dismiss LeBron James’ run through seven consecutive NBA finals as a result of the…

# Markov Simulation: NBA Playoffs Round 2

In continuation of our Markov simulation of the NBA Playoffs, we take a look at the updated probabilities for each team remaining. In this article, we take a cursory look at each second round match up and see how the first round panned out compared to the probabilistic predictions. So Far So Good: All rounds…

# Markov Simulation: NBA Playoffs

With the NBA Playoffs set to get underway, we take a quick look at the probabilities for each team becoming the NBA Champions. Common consensus would place any combination of the five strongest teams: Golden State – Houston – San Antonio versus Cleveland – Boston. But the question is how likely? To answer that, we…

# March Madness Bracketology: February 23rd Edition

As another three days have passed, only 76 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball games have been played. In total, 8 of the 76 games involved ranked opponents; one of which resulted in a #12 Miami 64 – 61 victory over #3 Virginia on February 22nd. With only seven days before the first Conference Tournament…

# Schedule Strengths: Who’s Going to Win the Super Bowl?

(Warning: Math Heavy) The NFL has an adage: “Any given Sunday.” This phrase typically means that during any week, for any given match-up between two teams, either team has a relatively high probability of winning the game. This translates into parity within the league. Typically we should see teams win between 6 and 10 games…

# NBA Power Rankings: Normalized Ranking Model

In this article, we come back from a month hiatus and introduce a normalized rankings model for ranking every team in the NBA. By normalized ranking, we set all rankings to a score between zero and one, where one is a perfect ranking and zero is the worst possible ranking. To build the model we consider…

# NBA Power Rankings – December 20th Edition

Over our two week hiatus from Squared2020.com, there were 52 NBA games played, bringing us to a third of the season completed. During this time, we finally saw the Golden State Warriors drop their first game of the season, managing to go 24 consecutive games before their first loss in Milwaukee on December 12th. We…