Analytics Art: NBA Champions in first round

By Andrew Bergmann @dubly, for NBA.com

In 2003, the first round of the playoffs was changed from best-of-five to best-of-seven. Since then the 2008 Celtics are the only team to have played a full series in the first round before going on to win the NBA Finals.

This year five of the eight teams in the conference semifinals are coming off of a full seven-game series. The Pacers, Nets, Spurs, Clippers and Thunder were all stretched to seven games in the first round.

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Andrew Bergmann’s data driven design work can be found on CNN, NBA, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin, Washington Post, and USA Today. See more on www.dubly.com and twitter.com/dubly

6 Comments

  1. Latigo Spurs Rapper says:

    GO SPURS GO!

  2. olga says:

    WOooho

  3. OKc2014 says:

    In the West Trail Blazers vs. Clippers
    In the East Pacers vs. Heat
    Yes you heard it here……
    On HANG TIME BLOG

  4. Chip says:

    Looks good for POR to be the western conference champion.