FiveThirtyEight: The Cavs are on a historic playoff run

Neil Paine and Andrew Flowers discuss the Cavaliers' dominant 2016 playoff performance and compares it to other historic playoff teams.
2:45 | 06/17/18

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So Neil. The Cleveland Cavaliers are just steam roll into the playoffs. How impressed loses when street so they won ten straight games start the playoffs they're one of only four teams they can say that in all of NBA history. We dug up those four teens. And we looked act. There's strength of schedule we used in low ratings which is are kind of in house metric for determine a team's strength. And as you can see. The 2001 lakers not only did they win eleven straight to start the class of the chasm that's them yet they didn't against far tougher competition as a reason that team kind of has this. And mystique about them as being one of the greats are. So the cabs. You know they they have faced. Decent competition but not really in the same neighborhood is that lakers team did in their winning streak so this is just measuring wins -- kept for the fact that Cleveland this is blowing out opponents there in this when streak. Yes they can take it a step further and look at point margin and so that's what we did in this next start we looked it point margin through the first two games of the conference finals. Adjusted for strength of schedule and also for the importance of the game so later games in the playoffs get more credit and we do that. The start of the play us for this when he sixteen cavs team. Is actually number one dumb act around 84 the sixteen team playoff era. A single lakers team isn't there to you have a spurs team that beat LeBron and the heat in the final so good company for this cat seemed to be an. At depending on which we spent waiting a look at just wins or point margin day they show up is number one in the latter. Category so with automatic have street win street to date but Glenn Ford in the playoffs what hurts their chance of actually going undefeated for the championship or go it is Moses Malone would take a vote vote vote vote and it's surprisingly low C. Oh which I was kind of shocked by when I crunch the numbers on it but. Our model says that you know is inconceivable that might seem for Toronto to win a game in this series. There's a 71% chance of they win either of the next two games in kind of avert a faux faux faux. Much less the extra foe. And then another thing even if they were able to sweep. The raptors it's going to be a lot harder for the cavs even if they make the finals because look at who's waiting for them in the Western Conference whoever wins that series it's either going to be that 73 when warriors. Or an Oklahoma City team that if they win. They'll have gone through one of the most ridiculous gauntlet of any team on route to the finals by beating the warriors and the 67 winced birds along the way. So by no means even if they sweep the raptors will the cavs task be easy going for it once again for the funds. Thanks Neal for more NBA playoffs predictions and analysis check out 538 dot com.

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