coolstandings.com - Know where your
team really stands!
Your team gets off to a great start - what are the chances they hold on
and win their division?
What if there are lots of teams bunched up in the standings, fighting
for that last playoff spot?
What you'd really like to know is what chance your team
has of making the playoffs and where it will be seeded.
exactly that, for EVERY team, EVERY day.
The following "coolstats" are updated daily:
|DIV || - % chance each team has
of winning division |
|POFF || - % chance each team
has of making the playoffs |
|1S || - % chance each team
has of becoming a #1 seed |
|2S || - % chance each team
has of becoming a #2 seed |
|3S || - % chance each team
has of becoming a #3 seed |
A DIV of 50.0 means your team has a 50% chance of winning the
division, while a
POFF of 0.0 means "wait
till next year!"
How do we calculate these statistics? Basically we simulate the rest
of the season millions of times, based on every team's performance to
its remaining schedule. We then look at how many "seasons" a team won
division or made the playoffs otherwise, and voila - we have our numbers.
The trick, of course, is to determine what chance each team has of
beating every other
team. Our method is to use simple team statistics (e.g. points for and
to predict how each team will fare against all others. For those of
you familiar with
baseball prediction, we use a variation of the Bill James "Pythagorean
Theorem" to predict results.
Daryl Morey adapted this theorem to better reflect basketball scores, and
we further refine
how we use the theorem. Pretty smart, huh? That's why we call this
prediction mode "Smart mode".
Another method is to simply assume that any team has a 50-50 shot of
beating any other team.
You could flip a coin to decide who would win each game. This method
isn't too realistic, but
it usually gives a particular Chicago team a better shot at the
division. For lack of a better term,
we call this prediction mode "Dumb mode".
So keep track of your team, and check back with us daily to see how
yesterday's scores changed
the playoff landscape!
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