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The Role of Rest in the NBA Home-Court Advantage

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  • Entine Oliver A

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Small Dylan S

    (University of Pennsylvania)

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    To date, the factors which lead to the very large home court advantage characteristic of the NBA have not yet been well isolated. This study analyzes the relationship between that home court advantage and the comparatively fewer days of rest between games that the NBA schedule imposes on visiting teams. A statistical model has been developed and applied to the NBA data for the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons to estimate the importance of the effect of rest on the magnitude of the home court advantage. The results indicate that lack of rest for the road team, while not a dominant factor, is an important contributor to the home court advantage in the NBA.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 1-11

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:jqsprt:v:4:y:2008:i:2:n:6

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    Cited by:
    1. Vincenzo Scoppa, 2013. "Fatigue And Team Performance In Soccer: Evidence From The Fifa World Cup And The Uefa European Championship," Working Papers 201301, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
    2. Yvan J. Kelly, 2008. "Cost Reduction, Competitive Balance, and the Scheduling of Back-to-Back Games in the NBA," Working Papers 0810, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.

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