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09-20-2012, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post
I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to find plenty of examples of teams that finished behind one of their playoff rivals during the regular season, yet dominated (or even "unexpectedly" split) the head-to-head matchups (and vice versa), and ended up winning/losing the series in an "upset".
Sure.

Of course, proving that it's not just random variation is much harder.

The relevant question is: Does it happen more happen than one would predict, based on chance alone?

Toronto and Chicago played 11 games against each other in 1985-86.

The signal to noise ratio is pretty weak over 11 games.

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