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Hot Takedown’s World Series And NBA Preview Spectacular

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Oct. 25, 2016), we preview the World Series. First, we take a look at the Cleveland Indians and ask if credit for their success belongs only to their bullpen. Then, we chat about the Cubs and wonder if they are uniquely built for postseason baseball. We also ask Cubs fan Rob Arthur if he thinks the Cubs’ rotten luck is about to come to an end. Then, it’s NBA time again. We break down FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections for the season and debate whether the Golden State Warriors can live up to their historically high expectations. And to close out the show, we share a significant digit about the WNBA finals.

Also, remember to check the Hot Takedown feed on Thursday for the third installment of our documentary series Ahead Of Their Time. The series looks at coaches and players who did something radical for their era and were later proven right by analytics. The third episode, coming on Thursday, is about the stathead who helped ruin English soccer. You can find the previous two episodes here. Links to what we discuss:

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.