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Numbers Game: Analyzing Scoring Trends

Alex Rikleen

Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.

As the season closes, it is time to review some trends from the year. This week, we will focus on offensive observations.

Increasing scores

As many have noted, the NBA is in the midst of a scoring bonanza. But there is more to see here than simply stating, “the scores are increasing.” First, these scores are increasing at a pace unprecedented in recent NBA history. Entering this weekend, with 52 games (104 team-games) remaining in the regular season, 2016-17 has almost clinched the most ...

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