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Losoway
08-22-2012, 07:27 PM
Ed Kupfer, advanced stats guru for the Houston Rockets, ran some numbers on Tuesday night and discovered that the Heat have the easiest schedule next season based on espn nba projected records

The average opponent win percentage of the Heat's schedule turns out to be .481, the lowest in the league.

http://i.imgur.com/kfPCS.png

Looks like the heat will have at least 63 wins :):)

discuss

Sixerlover
08-22-2012, 07:31 PM
Didn't need advanced numbers to see that they have the team with the worst winning percentage in NBA history last season, the team that traded Dwight Howard for spare parts and the team that got rid of Joe Johnson for expirings all in their division. Along with the Wizards who got a little better but still were a bottom 3 team last year themselves. So they have 16 games that will be substantially easier then any other team because the Southeast division is puddy right now.

SportsFanatic10
08-22-2012, 07:32 PM
sounds good lol

Mr. Baller
08-22-2012, 07:37 PM
More rest time for the big 3. Fine by me.

BobbyHillSwag
08-22-2012, 07:38 PM
well the best teams in the league cant play themselves

ATX
08-22-2012, 07:39 PM
More rest for the playoffs. Good for Miami.

SteBO
08-22-2012, 07:40 PM
How is this news? Dude have you seen the southeast division? It's the most pathetic picture I've ever seen.

Big Zo
08-22-2012, 07:41 PM
:dance:

C-Style
08-22-2012, 07:42 PM
Stern at it again

Losoway
08-22-2012, 07:43 PM
the lakers and the thunder also have a very easy schedule

rigged?

Losoway
08-22-2012, 07:43 PM
it seems like the nba is rigging schedules for certain teams

Cal827
08-22-2012, 07:44 PM
Yeah, that division is a bigger joke than threads by Dnewguy. I expect 14-2 at the worsr for the Heat.

t_money25
08-22-2012, 07:44 PM
This is irrelevant. The Heat are going to be championship of bust every year as long as they have the big 3 and are all relatively healthy. What they do in the regular season doesnt matter if they don't end the year winning the championship.

dc5jdm
08-22-2012, 07:44 PM
They need help getting home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Man can they earn something the right way?

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 07:45 PM
the lakers and the thunder also have a very easy schedule

rigged?

Why are you complaining? The Nets have Joe Johnson and we all know that he's the key to victory.

Losoway
08-22-2012, 07:47 PM
Why are you complaining? The Nets have Joe Johnson and we all know that he's the key to victory.

im not complaining my 3 fav teams are the heat , knicks and nets

im actually excited . but Hint the word discussion

LakersA's49ers
08-22-2012, 07:48 PM
its good having charlotte, orlando, and atlanta in the same division...LMFAO

LakersA's49ers
08-22-2012, 07:49 PM
theres no rigging in schedules. everyone plays the exact same teams. for the lakers standpoint, its nice having sacramento and phoenix to pray on this year

LakersA's49ers
08-22-2012, 07:51 PM
actually, sacramento isnt really that bad, but phoenix? yah they wont be to sunny and bright this year

t_money25
08-22-2012, 07:52 PM
theres no rigging in schedules. everyone plays the exact same teams. for the lakers standpoint, its nice having sacramento and phoenix to pray on this year

Exactly..... Like its the Heat's fault the other top teams in the division traded away their best players......

StarvingKnick22
08-22-2012, 07:52 PM
they gave the the knicks the hardest first month. Brooklyn, than miami, than 76ers, than mavericks, than spurs, than lakers and so on. I HATE U STERN lol

Losoway
08-22-2012, 07:52 PM
actually, sacramento isnt really that bad, but phoenix? yah they wont be to sunny and bright this year

sacremento sucks lmao

Hardaway Here
08-22-2012, 07:55 PM
They need help getting home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Man can they earn something the right way?

You act like the Heat are a horrible team that need help getting anything hello they have great players on the team of course they are going to win games. What is your definition of earning something the right way. They still have to go out play the games against every team in the league. Not like they just sitting on the bench the whole game and come out with a win.

nicegoing
08-22-2012, 07:56 PM
They play in the same division as the Charlotte Bobcats, the Hawks -Joe Johnson, the Magic -Dwight, and the Wizards who are never good.

Maybe switch them to a harder division so the schedule is harder

-_- come on now lol

shep33
08-22-2012, 07:58 PM
the lakers and the thunder also have a very easy schedule

rigged?

The Lakers and Thunder playing in the western conference instantly negates this claim.

Gritz
08-22-2012, 07:58 PM
Doesn't matter what their schedule was, they were still going to be number 1 in the east

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 07:58 PM
Yeah, that division is a bigger joke than threads by Dnewguy. I expect 14-2 at the worsr for the Heat.

:facepalm:

THE MTL
08-22-2012, 07:59 PM
Eh, it happens. Boston celtics had a free ride in th ATL division in 08 and 09. And the pacers have only just became competitive. Chi had it easy in central too

Gritz
08-22-2012, 08:00 PM
im not complaining my 3 fav teams are the heat , knicks and nets

im actually excited . but Hint the word discussion

Good god

Losoway
08-22-2012, 08:01 PM
Eh, it happens. Boston celtics had a free ride in th ATL division in 08 and 09. And the pacers have only just became competitive. Chi had it easy in central too

Bulls had it easier by far

Ezio
08-22-2012, 08:07 PM
What you guys talking about we had to feer the deer for awhile.

DoMeFavors
08-22-2012, 08:09 PM
Everyone wants to get out of that divison, and the teams want to rebuild so they can actually compete once Miami big 3 era is over.

mdm692
08-22-2012, 08:10 PM
Lakers rarely play any back to backs this coming season and that is fixed by the league as opposed to Phoenix who has to play 18 because they expect nothing from them.

Punk
08-22-2012, 08:25 PM
That doesn't mean much really. The Nets and Pacers also have easy schedules and more off-days.

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 08:28 PM
im not complaining my 3 fav teams are the heat , knicks and nets

im actually excited . but Hint the word discussion

:laugh2:

Cal827
08-22-2012, 08:28 PM
:facepalm:

LOL, Hi DNEWGUY! :D What do you expect out of your team vs this division? I mean you guys are far superior to everybody here lol

HuRRiCaNeS324
08-22-2012, 08:48 PM
Didn't need advanced numbers to see that they have the team with the worst winning percentage in NBA history last season, the team that traded Dwight Howard for spare parts and the team that got rid of Joe Johnson for expirings all in their division. Along with the Wizards who got a little better but still were a bottom 3 team last year themselves. So they have 16 games that will be substantially easier then any other team because the Southeast division is puddy right now.

/thread.

Mave1002
08-22-2012, 08:58 PM
Ed Kupfer, advanced stats guru for the Houston Rockets, ran some numbers on Tuesday night and discovered that the Heat have the easiest schedule next season based on espn nba projected records

The average opponent win percentage of the Heat's schedule turns out to be .481, the lowest in the league.

http://i.imgur.com/kfPCS.png

Looks like the heat will have at least 63 wins :):)

discuss

Good for the Heat. Easy has always been the 'preferred' option anyway. :D

Raps08-09 Champ
08-22-2012, 09:02 PM
The Bobcats and the Magic suck. The 2nd best team in their division might not even make the playoffs.

Hardaway Here
08-22-2012, 09:30 PM
Good for the Heat. Easy has always been the 'preferred' option anyway. :D

By your reasoning if the Heat make the finals and your Lakers happen to be there it will be an "Easy" win for the Heat then because just like all the other teams in the NBA Lakers will lay down and not play a game because it's just that "Easy" for the Heat

bholly
08-22-2012, 09:31 PM
the lakers and the thunder also have a very easy schedule

rigged?


it seems like the nba is rigging schedules for certain teams

The best teams don't have to play themselves, so their average opponent is worse. The worst teams don't get to play themselves, so their average opponent is better. In other words, the Bobcats and the Heat could have the exact same schedule and the Heat would have a lower average opponent record, because they play the Bobcats four times while the Bobcats play the Heat four times.
It's just math.

beasted86
08-22-2012, 09:44 PM
Yeah, that division is a bigger joke than threads by Dnewguy. I expect 14-2 at the worsr for the Heat.

Hawks won't be a pushover, but the rest suck and that division record seems like an accurate guess.

bucketss
08-22-2012, 09:50 PM
They need help getting home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Man can they earn something the right way?

they don't need homecourt to win it and probably still won't get it.

bucketss
08-22-2012, 09:53 PM
Also maybe if the lakers didn't swindle the magic, in a deal i believe must have had some under the table bribe the heat might have a harder schedule.:facepalm:

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 10:24 PM
LOL, Hi DNEWGUY! :D What do you expect out of your team vs this division? I mean you guys are far superior to everybody here lol

I expect the same thing that will happen other NBA teams. The Wizards are good enough to beat the Lakers (current roster)...Heat's division is actually one of the best in the NBA. With Joe Johnson gone, ATL is better...but Orlando and Charlotte...well, every one has two terrible teams in their division

JNoel
08-22-2012, 10:28 PM
Good for the Heat. Easy has always been the 'preferred' option anyway. :D

Just like it would have been easy if the Mavericks would have gotten Dwight and D-Will and won the chip right?

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 10:37 PM
I expect the same thing that will happen other NBA teams. The Wizards are good enough to beat the Lakers (current roster)...Heat's division is actually one of the best in the NBA. With Joe Johnson gone, ATL is better...but Orlando and Charlotte...well, every one has two terrible teams in their division

:laugh:

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 10:42 PM
:laugh:

I don't get what's funny. Suppose you were a Lakers fan; and suppose you were on a bandwagon. But I repeat myself.

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 10:46 PM
I don't get what's funny. Suppose you were a Lakers fan; and suppose you were on a bandwagon. But I repeat myself.

:laugh2:

Hawkize31
08-22-2012, 10:59 PM
well the best teams in the league cant play themselves

This. The top 5 teams include Miami, Boston, Chicago, Indiana. Bottom 5 include New Orleans, Sacramento, and Phoenix.

Its not a 100% correlation, but usually bad teams have it tougher since they don't get easy wins against themselves. And good teams have it easier, since there's 1 less good team on their schedule.

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 11:00 PM
:laugh2:

:o

justinnum1
08-22-2012, 11:00 PM
They need help getting home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Man can they earn something the right way?

Won the title without home court. (http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/thumb/2/2d/Trollface_HD.png/618px-Trollface_HD.png)

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 11:00 PM
:o

:laugh:

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 11:03 PM
:laugh:

:cheer:

ThunderousDemon
08-22-2012, 11:05 PM
:cheer:

:yawn:

Ill21
08-22-2012, 11:07 PM
Good for them

dnewguy
08-22-2012, 11:08 PM
:yawn:

:laugh:

Ty Fast
08-22-2012, 11:23 PM
its good having charlotte, orlando, and atlanta in the same division...LMFAO

and washington and miami

Ty Fast
08-22-2012, 11:24 PM
Won the title without home court. (http://cache.ohinternet.com/images/thumb/2/2d/Trollface_HD.png/618px-Trollface_HD.png)

and lost the title with it

IIISSKiLL
08-23-2012, 12:09 AM
Good for the Heat. Easy has always been the 'preferred' option anyway. :D

you do know that your sig has kobe, pau, nash, and howard right ?
the same team that had kobe, shaq, malone, and payton ?
why are the lakers allowed to RAPE the league but when another team does it you have this jealously foaming out of your mouth ?
get over it and just watch the regular season.. it's beeen proven that the laker super team has been beat, and a heat super team can be beat so anything can happen and NOTHING is easy

mvb815
08-23-2012, 01:01 AM
Lebron james

Dade County
08-23-2012, 01:34 AM
Everyone wants to get out of that divison, and the teams want to rebuild so they can actually compete once Miami big 3 era is over.

Thats kind of smart by the other teams...

I don't think their fan base will like that but whatever.


This season will be exciting because the NBA sales hope every year and most fans fall for it.

If the Knicks or the Nets beat Miami in a game in the regular season, ESPN will make a big deal out of it, and that team fan base will act like christmas came around twice.

But I am interested to see who will be better out of the Knicks, boston and the Nets... I say Knicks, but we will see.

I kinda want rose to come back healthy and maybe miss only like 20 games... I would love to see a healthy bulls team in the playoffs against the C's, Knicks or the Nets.

And I really don't respect the pacers but they are a good team, i just don't think tghey can ever truly contend with the team they have. I know pacers fans on here think their team is the 2nd best team in the East ( but I think they mean regular season ).. I can't see them making it to the ECF unless major injuries happen again.

It should be a fun year in the East.

P.S ......... 76ers go get a star player to team up with Bynum, i know you like your young players, but in the long run stars get the calls and win rings.


If you ould give up the house for one of these guys, do it! Your team might not be contenders this year but you can build through free agency and reload next year, instead of trying to develop average/slightly above average players.


I know easy said then done... i know

Cp3 ( if he doesn't want to resign with the Clips )
Rondo ( I know not happening... but you can still try)
K Love ( Minny isn't really going anywhere)
Melo (if things don't work out in Ny)
Wall ( He might want to start somewhere fresh )
Harden ( Pay him that money...lol )
T evans
R Gay

Some of these guys you will not need to give up the house, but just make it happen... Their is know reason to build your team up and they can never get pass the 2nd rd because of the opposing team has the star power and the refs on their side.

Sactown
08-23-2012, 02:59 AM
eh we're ****ed. lol :violin::laugh:

Lakers + Giants
08-23-2012, 03:12 AM
so lakers have the easiest schedule in the western conference?

shep33
08-23-2012, 03:14 AM
The Bobcats have the hardest schedule

GREATNESS ONE
08-23-2012, 03:16 AM
They did it for the llullz




Let's be real, these teams are just beasts and other teams really don't stack up. Plus look at Miami's division :eyebrow:

bholly
08-23-2012, 04:02 AM
I ran the numbers. Based on the ESPN projections he's using, the rest of the Southeast are going 111-217 (~.338), the rest of the East are going 415-405 (~.506) and the West are going 644-586 (~0.524).
With a perfectly random schedule of 16 games vs the Southeast, 36 vs the rest of the East, and 30 vs the West, Miami would expect to have a strength of schedule of 0.47977...

That is, the Heat's schedule is actually slightly harder than you'd expect given those ESPN win projections.
If it's rigged at all, it's not the way some are suggesting.

Losoway
08-23-2012, 07:43 AM
I ran the numbers. Based on the ESPN projections he's using, the rest of the Southeast are going 111-217 (~.338), the rest of the East are going 415-405 (~.506) and the West are going 644-586 (~0.524).
With a perfectly random schedule of 16 games vs the Southeast, 36 vs the rest of the East, and 30 vs the West, Miami would expect to have a strength of schedule of 0.47977...

That is, the Heat's schedule is actually slightly harder than you'd expect given those ESPN win projections.
If it's rigged at all, it's not the way some are suggesting.

run the numbers again buddy . your def wrong

HowBoutDemBulls
08-23-2012, 09:31 AM
Enough of this rigged talk. They for real need to ban Loserway from these forums.

Hawkeye15
08-23-2012, 09:43 AM
4 teams on the left side from the west (the easy side), 2 east teams on the "tough" side.

Um, the east is easier, go figure...

knicksfan42
08-23-2012, 09:50 AM
How the **** does Charlotte have the toughest schedule in the East.

Hawkeye15
08-23-2012, 09:59 AM
How the **** does Charlotte have the toughest schedule in the East.

Well, I would imagine a really bad team contributes more wins than good teams to the equation to be spread amongst the rest of the teams, so that factors in, ie, they are expected to lose a ton of games and therefore their opponents are gaining those wins in the model. Furthermore, they have like 28 games against the west, 18 of them are against expected playoff teams.

mjm07
08-23-2012, 10:21 AM
:dance:

This. / thread.

BobbyHillSwag
08-23-2012, 10:42 AM
This. The top 5 teams include Miami, Boston, Chicago, Indiana. Bottom 5 include New Orleans, Sacramento, and Phoenix.

Its not a 100% correlation, but usually bad teams have it tougher since they don't get easy wins against themselves. And good teams have it easier, since there's 1 less good team on their schedule.

Exactly, people are just tryin to hate on miami for no reason here and I dont even like Miami. They'll be playing the crap teams in the east 4 times a year and some of the mid tier teams 4 times. The only teams I see giving them a challenge in the east are: Boston, Sixers, and Knicks. In the west they can only play the teams two times. So, what do people want the schedule makers to do? Make Miami play themselves a couple of times? yall are reaching hard. Guess what? Thunder and Lakers will have an easy schedule too. You know why? Because they are good and other teams are not as good as them.

ChicagoJ
08-23-2012, 02:38 PM
Schedule isn't as much of a factor as it is in the NFL. If the heat had a tough schedule would their playoff position/seed be any different? Probably not by much. There are too many games for schedule to be that big of a factor unless every team was stacked and one had a clearly easier schedule than the others.

koreancabbage
08-23-2012, 03:10 PM
How the **** does Charlotte have the toughest schedule in the East.

when you're the worst team in the NBA, u tend to have the "toughest" schedule LOL

knicks=love
08-23-2012, 06:13 PM
the lakers and the thunder also have a very easy schedule

rigged?

look at their divisions

oALo
08-23-2012, 07:38 PM
The best teams don't have to play themselves, so their average opponent is worse. The worst teams don't get to play themselves, so their average opponent is better. In other words, the Bobcats and the Heat could have the exact same schedule and the Heat would have a lower average opponent record, because they play the Bobcats four times while the Bobcats play the Heat four times.
It's just math.

Finally some one that knows statistics! Strength of division also plays a large role (figures in who plays the worst teams four times). What i think is funny is looking at the disparity in strength of schedule between the East and West!

bholly
08-23-2012, 07:41 PM
run the numbers again buddy . your def wrong

Nope, the numbers are good. They aren't 'def wrong' just because they don't support your conspiracy theory. Although the fact you think that should tell people all they need to know about how seriously to take you.

Check them yourself, if you like. Show me a mistake.

bholly
08-23-2012, 07:44 PM
How the **** does Charlotte have the toughest schedule in the East.

In short, because they're the only team that don't get to play the 19-63 Bobcats three or four times, and they have to play the 60-22 Heat four times.

CarniifeX
08-23-2012, 07:46 PM
So let me get this straight.

Miami wins the championship and gets the easiest schedule for the next season.

New Orleans is the worst team the previous season in the west and gets the toughest schedule?

LOL.

Vampirate
08-23-2012, 07:48 PM
So let me get this straight.

Miami wins the championship and gets the easiest schedule for the next season.

New Orleans is the worst team the previous season in the west and gets the toughest schedule?

LOL.

Well if you are th worst team than everyone is better than you, meaning it's hard to win a game against any team.

2-ONE-5
08-23-2012, 08:00 PM
um they play the same schedule as the rest of the East. only exception is the team they will play 3 times and the one they will play 5. assuming they are still doing that with the schedule again

bholly
08-24-2012, 12:34 AM
I ran through some more numbers to show how ridiculous this is. (And if Losoway wants to pretend they're wrong again because they don't fit his story, you can see them here: Link (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Auys9-mdfhNjdGdSNllDdFhwRDZ6QzE1dm5nenNPY2c&single=true&gid=0&output=html))

Consider Miami's 'easy' schedule vs Orlando's apparently tougher one.

Miami's opponents have a total projected record of 3234 - 3490, or ~.4810, as the original figures in the original post say.
Orlando's opponents have a total projected record of 3365-3359, or ~0.5004, again fitting the original figure.

According to the way people in this thread (including the OP) are reading this info, this means Miami have the 'easiest' schedule in the league while Orlando have the 13th hardest (2nd hardest in the East).

But, if you take out the games that Orlando and Miami play against each other, their opponent records turn out like this:
Miami: 3150 - 3246, or ~0.4925
Orlando: 3125 - 3271, or ~0.4886

In short, Miami have a harder schedule than Orlando in the games against the rest of the league. The entire reason Miami's overall opponent strength is easier is because they get to play Orlando 4 times, while Orlando have to play Miami 4 times instead. That's the whole difference, and then some.

Their schedules against the rest of the league are identical except:
Orlando skips a game against Boston (50wins), Indy (50), Philly (46), and Milwaukee (37).
Miami skips a game against Indy (50), Brooklyn (46), Toronto (32), and Detroit (30).

Does it really look like Miami has a much tougher schedule than Orlando? It looks to me like Orlando is skipping much tougher teams (based on these projections).
And yet we're supposed to believe Miami is on easy street while Orlando got an unfair grind?

********.

Miami have an 'easy' schedule because they play in the East, in a bad division, and don't have to play Miami while everyone else does.
Seriously, if this becomes a thing this year that people use to discount Miami's record, it'll be a pretty good sign you should disregard whoever is saying it.

bholly
08-24-2012, 09:22 PM
I did a little more on this, because I really don't want to hear 'oh, well, Miami's record is good because the NBA is rigged and so they had an easy schedule' stupidity all season.

Every team plays 30 games against the other conference (2 vs each team), and 16 games vs their division rivals (4 vs each team). That's set in stone.
Finally, each team plays 36 games vs their non-division conference opponents (4 vs 6 of them and 3 vs the other 4).
The only thing the league can change to influence a team's simple SOS is which of these teams they play 3 against and which they play 4 against.

Here are the numbers, starting with the number of times each team plays each other: LINK (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Auys9-mdfhNjdHpidFJlYVZ6RkFqR1EzQmhKSm1tR1E&single=true&gid=0&output=html)

To the right, you see each team's opponents' expected win and loss totals (and thus overall record) based on their schedule and ESPN's win projections.
The record column there is what the graph in the OP shows. To prove that we're using the same numbers, here's that column in graph form: Graph: Projected Avge Opponent Record (mine) (http://i.imgur.com/kfZb2.png)
And here's the original again: Graph: Projected Avge Opponent Record (original) (http://i.imgur.com/kfPCS.png)
The only difference is that my Eastern conference bars are blue, I didn't bother with formatting too much, and the numbers on my x axis are the difference between .500 and actual, instead of just actual. This shows I'm using the exact same numbers as the original graph.

The next block of columns shows how many wins you'd expect your opponent to have if the schedule was completely random.
'Div', 'Conf', and 'non-Conf' give your opponents' total wins coming from opponents in your division, in your conference but not your division, and in the other conference respectively.
The reason for the decimal in 'conf' is that this is an average - instead of playing some teams 3 times and some teams 4 times, you play each an average of 3.6 times. This is what makes this the expected win total of a random schedule. That's the whole point.

Here's the graph of the expected record column:
Graph: Expected Avge Opponent Record for Random Schedule (http://i.imgur.com/YqvJM.png)

Again, that's how high or below .500 you'd expect a team's Avge Opponent Record to be based purely on what conference/division the team is in and thus how many times it plays each other team.
As many have explained in this thread, the Western teams get harder expected SOS's because they play the tougher Western conference teams more often, and the Heat get the lowest because they play in the East and in a sissy division, and their high record pushes down everyone else's.
No rigging or league help, just basic math.

The next graph shows them both side-by-side. Red bars show how far above/below .500 you'd expect your SOS to be based on a random schedule, and blue bars are how far above/below your SOS is based on the actual schedule.
Graph: Actual vs Expected Avge Opponent Record (http://i.imgur.com/fjrt5.png)

And finally, the last two columns show this difference more clearly. This is for the people implying it's been 'rigged' for teams like Miami and the Lakers.
'Extra Opp Wins' tells you how many more wins a teams' opponents have in the actual schedule than you'd expect them to have in a random schedule. A positive number means a harder schedule than you'd expect (ie you're playing teams with more wins), and a negative number means an easier schedule than you'd expect.
'Extra SOS' gives the exact same info just on a different scale so it's comparable to the previous graphs.

Graph: Extra Projected Opponent Wins in Actual Schedule vs Random Schedule (http://i.imgur.com/IuXuf.png)
Graph: Extra SOS in Actual Schedule vs Random Schedule (http://i.imgur.com/rKbKT.png)

In short:
Yes, Miami have the lowest projected SOS (based on ESPN's win projections) in the league. No, it isn't because the league gave them an easy schedule - it's because they're really good and they're in the worst division in the worst conference.
In fact, they actually have a tougher schedule than they'd expect in a random schedule.

The teams that got the easiest schedules relative to their expectation are Detroit, Toronto, Utah, Memphis. The teams that got the toughest schedules relative to their expectation are New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Chicago.

So does anyone actually think the league is rigging schedules to give some teams an easier SOS?

bholly
08-24-2012, 09:25 PM
For the 99% who won't bother to read that, here's the main takeaway:
http://i.imgur.com/rKbKT.png

That's how much higher or lower each team's SOS is in the actual schedule than what you'd expect in a purely random schedule.

If the league is rigging the schedule like people in here suggest, they're doing it in favour of teams like Detroit, Toronto, Utah, and the teams getting most screwed are New Orleans, Milwaukee, and Chicago.

Teams like Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma, and the LA teams, are right in the middle and the first three actually have harder schedules than you'd expect.

In short: anyone who thinks the league rigged the schedule to give some teams easier SOS's should shut up.

Losoway
08-25-2012, 10:49 AM
you wrote like 3 essays

Hawkeye15
08-25-2012, 10:54 AM
anyone who actually wants to complain about this needs to read bholly's posts regarding this subject.

Sly Guy
08-25-2012, 02:27 PM
league needs to do something about bringing more equality to the number of back to back teams play per season. May not be possible in all cases, but you can't have one team play twice as many as another and expect them to come out of an 82-game season with similar records.

NYsFinest
08-25-2012, 02:34 PM
Its actually a very simple concept... Miami can't play against the best team in the league (Miami) and they also play in the worst division in the NBA.

NFLNBA
08-25-2012, 02:50 PM
Everyone with the hardest schedule is basically in the West because they all play eachoher and the west has 12 -14 dangerous teams where the east has a whopping 4 good teams. The 14th placed team from west would have made the playoffs in the east for christ sakes last year.