--- In APBR_analysis@y..., "Michael K. Tamada" <tamada@o...> wrote:
> Yes, this apparently applies to teams as well. Some people in
> rec.sport.basketball.pro have concluded that the Eastern teams, due
> their easier schedules, get more wins than they would get if the
> were 50-50 East-West. But only 1 or 2 more wins, not a huge
> West teams of course also lose 1-2 extra games, but even the
> impact, though not negligible, is not huge.
Ken Massey suggests that the point difference between schedules in
the NBA is a little over a point per game. Lakers had the toughest
and the Bucks had the weakest. About 1 ppg is equivalent to about 3
wins, as a lot of people have pointed out. The difference between
the west and the east, according to Massey, was about 0.5 ppg, which
is 1-2 extra games. So good call by those guys in rsbp.
I would personally think that the the effect on individuals would be
greater, but I've never thought enough about it to really know how to