Stop Rate

In a recent game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons, the Bucks employed their typical switch, slip, and show match-up zone defense to clog the paint and swat shooters off the perimeter en route to a 115-105 victory. The methodology is fairly straight forward: On the perimeter, try to slips guards and drop…

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…

Score Flows of NBA Teams

Almost every NBA game is played as a game of runs, with teams either piecing together five to ten point runs or going scoreless for a couple minutes at a time. To identify the scoring pace of a team, we can take a look at a simple measurement: the Score Flow. Score flows are popular…