Stat Smackdown!

Posted on 04/16/2011 by

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In honor the playoffs the Wages of Wins Network has a podcast discussing the first round of the playoffs.

Super Stat Team Assemble!

The podcast has two parts, one for each conference

If you’re interested in more you can also

With that here’s a run down of some links that may make listening more enjoyable.

The Playoffs!

Super Stat Smackdown

On with the main event. What fun is the playoffs without brackets and picks? In the same as the True Hoop Stat Geek Smackdown, the Wages of Wins Analysts are having a contest to see who can predict the playoffs the best.

The Contestants

The Rules
  1. The contest will have four rounds. At the start of each round each contestant will submit a completed bracket predicting the winner and numbers of games for all remaining playoff series out until the NBA Championship.
  2. For each series picked correctly the player gets 5 points. For each correct number of games the player gets 2 points.
  3. If a player does not change their pick for winner in a series from a previous round they get 2 points per round they do not change their pick. If they do not change the pick of the finals winner from the start of the contest they get an extra 4 points in addition to their 2 points per round (8 points total)
  4. Highest point total wins!

The Predictions

Eastern Conference Quarter Finals

Chicago vs. Indiana
Chicago in 4 – Alex, Arturo, Ben, Devin, Dre, Mosi
Chicago in 6 – Ian
Consensus – Chicago in 4. 
Orlando vs. Atlanta
Orlando in 4 – Alex
Orlando in 5 – Arturo, Ben, Dre, Ian, Mosi
Orlando in 6 – Devin
Consensus – Orlando in 5
Boston vs. New York
Boston in 4 – Mosi
Boston in 5 – Alex
Boston in 6 – Ben, Devin, Dre, Ian, Arturo
Consensus – Boston in 6
Miami vs. Philadelphia
Miami in 4 – Alex
Miami in 5 – Arturo, Ben, Devin, Ian, Mosi
Miami in 6 – Dre
Consensus – Miami in 5
Western Conference Quarter Finals
San Antonio vs. Memphis
San Antonio in 5 – Alex, Ben
San Antonio in 6 – Devin, Mosi
San Antonio in 7 – Dre, Ian
Memphis in 7 – Arturo
Consensus – This will be an exciting series
Oklahoma City vs. Denver
Oklahoma City in 6 – Ben, Devin, Ian
Oklahoma City in 7 – Mosi
Denver in 6 – Arturo, Alex
Denver in 7 – Dre
Consensus – Oklahoma in 6
Dallas vs. Portland
Dallas in 6 – Alex, Ben, Devin, Ian
Dallas in 7 – Mosi,Arturo
Portland in 7 – Dre
Consensus – Dallas in 6
Los Angeles vs. New Orleans
Los Angeles in 4 – Ben, Devin
Los Angeles in 5 – Alex, Arturo, Dre, Ian, Mosi
Consensus – Los Angeles in 5
Wrap Up
I’ll see if we can find a nice visual way to display everyone’s picks for the rest of the playoffs on out. I will say oddly Mosi and Arturo agree with Miami winning the finals in 5 games (I didn’t know those two agreed). Chicago is currently the odds on favorite, but San Antonio and Los Angeles are getting some votes as well. Here’s hoping out of seven stat heads one of us can prove to be right.
-Dre
Arturo here. A quick note: Go here for the ESPN Smackdown picks (including our own Prof. Berri).
Here’s a quick visual summary:
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