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Dean Oliver: Blazers-Rockets Series Rates Highest With “Excitement Factor” Metric

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The NBA playoffs in 2014 have been amazing.

Road teams are 21-15 so far in the playoffs and it seems like almost every game is coming down to the wire.

However, according to Dean Oliver of ESPN’s Stats And Info department and basketball stats pioneer (author of Basketball On Paper), the series between Portland and Houston has been the most exciting in terms of how often the win probability changes for both teams during the game.

What is the Excitement Factor? 

Excitement: Amount of change in win probability during the game. 

Winner Chance: Average in-game win probability that the eventual winner had during the game.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.