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Team Game-by-Game Scoring Margin Sparklines Added to BBR

Posted by Neil on December 10, 2013

If you're also a Baseball-Reference user, you might recognize this new feature we recently added to Basketball-Reference:


If not, it's a sparkline that shows the team's scoring margin for every game of the season, with green representing wins, red representing losses, and the height of the bar representing the margin of the game. We think it's a great way to visualize the peaks and valleys of a team's season, and we hope it adds your BBR experience.

8 Responses to “Team Game-by-Game Scoring Margin Sparklines Added to BBR”

  1. Neil Says:

    Bonus points if you can tell me which team's season is shown in the sparkline image above.

  2. Jason J Says:

    Is it the 1972 Lakers?

  3. Jason J Says:

    Also what happens to the bar graph when the Celtics beat the Knicks by 41 points? Surely 2 dimensions are not sufficient to capture the glorious carnage.

  4. Headi Says:

    great addition.

    btw. could you add 2P% as a search filter for the playindex ?

  5. Frank Says:

    I second with Headi's suggestion. If it's not too hard, it would be great if you guys could add it to the leaders/trailers pages as well. :)

    Thanks again for all your hard work!

  6. Frank Says:

    Oops, I meant to say "I second Headi's suggestion.", originally said "agree with" but when I changed it, forgot to remove the word "with".

  7. Mike G Says:

    The sample graph is of a team that was 37-13. I'll guess the 1999 Spurs.
    This is a quick way to view a team's fortunes for a season or postseason, so it's another nice addition.

    Now, it would also be good to be able to sort game results by MOV.

    And since I'm greedy, if I were on Santa's lap I'd also ask for opponent-adjusted option on these features: If your opponent had SRS of 6.5, build that in. Then you'd need 2 horizontal lines -- one for the Win, another for beating the spread.

  8. Jason J Says:

    Good eye, Mike. I just counted the losses. Got 13 and assumed it was one of the 2 teams that won 69 games (CHI and LAL).