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Video - Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketball

Postby Stillerz Bar on Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:40 pm

Interesting process of trying to compare championship outcomes in different sports using analytics. Note that it is pretty geeky and 7 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNlgISa9Giw

All that said, I think the way the NHL officiates also has a large impact as it is the only league that calls games significantly differently in the playoffs and does so in a way that disadvantages the more skilled teams.
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Re: Video - Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketbal

Postby pressure=9Pa on Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:17 pm

NBA officiating historically changed as much as the NHL did allowing more physical play, although I think it's been cleaned up over the last 4-5 years. (Don't really know, when the Pacers are out I stop watching.)
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Re: Video - Why underdogs do better in hockey than basketbal

Postby 14Thumb on Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:03 am

Easy answer. NBA has 5-7 guys that play the majority of the minutes. 2 superstars on one team represents 40% of the players on the floor. Easy to dominate. Hockey minutes are spread amongst so many so much easier for underdogs to win.
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