Welcome to this week’s episode of “Hot Takedown,” our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (May 19, 2015), we look at the matchups in the NBA’s conference finals, whether the Houston Rockets are winning with analytics and why the Clippers collapsed. Nate Silver discusses why the New York Rangers continue to win so many close NHL games. And we ponder whether baseball needs even more statistical analysis as MLB embraces Statcast. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week on Chelsea’s oft-disciplined Cesc Fabregas.
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Below are some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:
- The Clippers’ win probability during Game 6 against the Rockets peaked at 98 percent.
- Stephen Curry is unguardable.
- Lebron James is dominant in the conference finals.
- The future of MLB stats and video tracking.
- Analyst vs. Statcast, who should you trust?
- Nate Silver on postseason goaltending and the Rangers’ ability to win close game after close game.
- Significant Digit: 14 points. In a game in which Chelsea clinched the Premier League title, Cesc Fabregas also pulled into a tie for the most discipline points among all players.
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