NBA Playoffs Update 5 (5-4)

June 9, 2012
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(This article was first published on R, Ruby, and Finance, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

This is the sixth post in my series on predicting the NBA playoffs with an algorithm. After the Boston loss in their last game, the algorithm is now 5-4 in the playoffs. Hopefully it is correct tonight!

Open Sourcing the Code

I have had a couple of requests to open source the code, which I had planned to do at the end of this series of posts. However, there is one stumbling block in that the data I am scraping cannot be redistributed (I think). If anyone has access to box score data for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons that has a public license, please let me know. You can contact me via the email in my profile, or in the comments section.

Being able to get the data would simplify things a lot, but I would still have to clean up and comment the code a bit. Expect to see it out in a week or so.

Predictions

The algorithm likes Miami tonight:

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