Statistical Trends Through The Conference Semifinals

By Filippos Polyzos and Thomas Bassine

With two rounds of the playoffs behind us, we decided to take a step back and look at how the four conference finalists have stacked up statistically. We looked at the Four Factors to get a big picture view of what has gone right and wrong for each squad. We also examined the Synergy play type data to see how each offense compares stylistically with the regular season. Our research illustrates some of the primary reasons the Hawks, Bucks, Clippers and Suns have been successful so far in this postseason.

A word of caution: Don’t get over-excited by the numbers below. Due to a small sample size and the diversity & difficulty of each qualified team’s different opponents in the first two rounds, we must take all the values with a grain of salt (always look for context and possible inflation of such values). All stats were collected before the start of the conference finals unless noted otherwise.

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