20 July 2011

Are Crucial Games Slower Than Trivial Ones? @ BtB

Do teams slow down when there is more at stake? A couple of trends indicate that they do. While there is no basic indicator of game "importance" (that I am aware of), we can infer importance by looking at a few other variables, such as attendance, the absolute quality (win percentage) of the two teams in the match-up and the relative quality (divisional rank, games back) of the two teams in the match-up.
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