PODCAST: Breaking Down Analytics and the Playoffs

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On today’s Basketball Insiders podcast, senior writer Ben Dowsett is joined by Andy Glockner, author of “Chasing Perfection” – a deep dive into the burgeoning world of NBA analytics. Ben and Andy discuss the on-court ramifications of SportVU and other in-depth tracking data as mentioned in Andy’s book, along with ways to best integrate such huge amounts of information into team and player habits on the court. They also dive into the health and injury prevention aspect of NBA life, likely the next huge frontier of big data in the league. Finally, they go back and forth on playoff races in both conferences – preferred opponents for top seeds, upset possibilities and Finals picks.