This NBA scatter plot shows the average margin verses the average number of assist for NBA teams through Nov 19, 2014 and was built with the SDQL: A(assists),A(points-o:points),Replace(team)@team and season=2014|$1 as Assists,$2 as Margin,$3@1 as ‘Average Points Margin v. Average Number of Assistn for NBA teams through Nov 19, 2014’?polyfit=2&polyfit_show=0&ymax=17&ymin=-17&xmin=17&xmax=27&marker_size=50&polyfit_error_scale=0.002
The second order polynomial fit line is also show with a shaded region of confidence.
The general trend is for teams with more assists to have a higher average margin.
The Raptors are exceptional in that they have a high margin with few assists.
The 76ers stick out the other end with an exceptionally low average margin.
Here is what this curve looked like at the end of 2013:
This scatter plot shows the points scored and allowed for each NFL team through week 11, 2014.
Also shown in the least squares fit line and the shaded region on confidence.
The negative slope confirms that the best defense is a good offense.
Bucking this trend, and outside of the shaded area, we see that the Lions have allowed the fewest points at 156 and have scored around 7th fewest at around 190.
The Packers have scored the most, followed closely by the Patriots and then the Colts. Eagles and Broncos.
The Packers, Patriots, and Bronco have allowed about the average number of points while the other high scoring teams have also allowed a lot of points.
What else do you see?
This scatter plot was made with the SDQL:
S(points),S(o:points),Replace(team)@team and season=2014|$1 as Points Scored,$2 as Points Allowed,$3@1 as ‘Points Allowed v. Points Scorednfor each NFL team through week 11, 2014′ ?marker_size=80&polyfit=1&polyfit_linewidth=0.3&polyfit_show=0
Is it better to show points differential on the y-axis?
This scatter plot was made at http://SportsDatabase.com with the SDQL:ï»¿ï»¿ S(points),S(points)-S(o:points),Replace(team)@team and season=2014|$1 as Points Scored,$2 as Points Scored – Points Allowed,$3@1 as ‘Points Differential v. Points Scorednfor each NFL team through week 11, 2014′ ?marker_size=80&polyfit=1&polyfit_linewidth=0.3&polyfit_show=0