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The NBA season so far in numbers

The NBA season is on its 20th round and it seems now is the time to make the first analyzes of how the teams are playing this season. Without any doubt, the most impressive thing so far in NBA is Lakers’ extremely poor performance. Whit their players they should be competing for the first place, but with Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash on the list, they are below the 50 percent mark.

One of the most popular betting option for basketball matches is betting on under and over total scored points by both teams. What the statistics show about teams performances with this score line?

Here are all the results of basketball matches, played so far. In the first column are the teams. Then there are two columns with the number of matches completed with under and over. The last two columns are respectively for the percentages of matches completed under and over:

Отбори U O % %
Boston 10 10 50 50
Brooklyn 12 8 60 40
New York 7 12 37 63
Philadelphia 9 12 43 57
Toronto 10 11 48 52
Dallas 9 11 45 55
Houston 8 12 40 60
Memphis 9 8 53 47
New Orleans 10 11 48 52
San Antonio 8 13 38 62
Chicago 14 6 70 30
Cleveland 11 10 52 48
Detroit 12 9 57 43
Indiana 12 9 57 43
Milwaukee 10 8 56 44
Denver 9 12 43 57
Minnesota 9 9 50 50
Portland 10 10 50 50
Oklahoma 10 11 48 52
Utah 10 11 48 52
Atlanta 9 9 50 50
Charlotte 8 11 42 58
Miami 9 10 47 53
Orlando 11 8 58 42
Washington 7 11 39 61
Golden State 7 14 33 67
LA Clippers 9 11 45 55
LA Lakers 9 12 43 57
Phoenix 9 11 45 55
Sacramento 10 11 48 52

What is most remarkable in the table above is the fact that the vast majority of the teams are near to the 50 percent. This is completely normal for NBA under – over betting. Usually from 30 teams in the league 22-25 finish close to 50%.

What make an impression though are three teams that are clearly distinguished from the rest. These are Chicago, Golden State and New York.

Clearly, Chicago for one or another reason is overrated by bookmakers offering bets for NBA matches. That’s why we have such a large percentage of matches that end with an under. The opposite can be said for Golden State, but this could be influenced by the time of the season we are now. Usually, in the beginning of the season the bookmakers give very low rates for under and over betting for total scored points. Probably this is the explanation for the Golden State’s high percentage of over ended matches.

There is an interesting thing that I saw in the last few seasons in NBA. It is that if a team is above 60% in this table after the first 20 matches it finished the season with the same percentage. It will be interesting to see will it happen again this season.

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