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Dean Oliver on what to watch for in the NBA Finals and his new book
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Dean Oliver on what to watch for in the NBA Finals and his new book

Mike Shearer and Ray LeBov are once again delighted to chat with the legendary analytics pioneer Dean Oliver.

We cover some anecdotes and insights from his forthcoming book (Basketball Beyond Paper, now available for preorder on Amazon!), including a story about Shane Battier and the Observer Effect.

We also dive deep into the NBA Finals, with Dean giving us a taste of what he’s excited to watch (can Lively still succeed in the short roll?), some underlying statistical indicators he’ll be tracking (how successful are Dallas post-ups?), how teams use analytics to adjust between playoff games, and much more.

It’s a fast-paced conversation with much to digest. Enjoy!

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