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Playoff Series Historical Odds Added to Basketball Reference

12th June 2019

Basketball Reference recently made an addition of preseason championship odds and win total over/unders that you can read about in a previous blog entry. The site has now also added playoff series odds where available back to 1988, which can be viewed on Basketball Reference's Playoff Series History index. The odds are taken from before the start of the series.

This postseason, you can see the Golden State Warriors were -15000 favorites over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, the heaviest favorites in a playoff series since the 2016 San Antonio Spurs' first round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. As for the 2017 Warriors, they were the second-biggest favorites in an NBA Finals, only trailing the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, who were -2000 favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thanks to for providing us with the historical data for this addition. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Team-Level TFL/QB Hits on PFR

11th June 2019

On Pro-Football-Reference we have quarterback hit statistics back to 2006 and tackles for loss statistics back to 1999, available on defensive players' individual profiles. We also have those statistics at the team level, and we recently added those fields in our team defense section for league seasons when those statistics are available.

For example, viewing the Team Defense section for the 2018 season, you can see the Arizona Cardinals recorded 99 tackles for loss this year, best in the league in that category. Meanwhile, the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles recorded 133 QB hits, more than any other team this season.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Preseason National Championship Odds Added to CBB Reference

7th June 2019

We've added pages to College Basketball Reference showing the preseason National Championship odds for prominent teams that season. As you can see at that link, a $100 bet on Virginia in the preseason would have netted you $1350. The data goes back to 2006-07 (though 2007-08 is missing). Over this span, the biggest preseason longshot to win it all is 2014 Connecticut, which was +6500 to win the title in the preseason (and an even longer shot after an unimpressive regular season).

We'd like to thank for providing this historical data.

We hope you enjoy this addition, and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Preseason NBA Odds Added to Basketball Reference

6th June 2019

Basketball Reference has aded preseason NBA title odds back to 1985 and Over/Unders on team win totals back to 2003. It should come as no surprise that the Warriors were heavy favorites before the 2018-19 season. The 2017-18 Warriors were the heaviest preseason favorites, as you would have had to bet $187 to win $100 for them to win the title. Similarly, their 67.5 wins over/under is the highest in the data.

But the Warriors are also the biggest preseason underdogs to win a title since 1985. The 2015 Warriors were +2800 to win the title in the preseason, easily the longest odds for an eventual champion.

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College Baseball Stats Added to Baseball Reference

6th June 2019

Baseball Reference has added college baseball stats to the Register section of the site.

The statistics cover NCAA Division I back to the 2013 season and also four collegiate summer leagues back to 2015 (Cape Cod League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, Northwoods League and Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League).

So you can now see, for instance, Aaron Nola's numbers at LSU in 2013 and 2014, where he teamed with Alex Bregman, or Kris Bryant's 31 HR 2013 season at San Diego.

Additionally, you can see how 2019 #1 overall pick Adley Rutschman performed both at Oregon State and in the Cape Cod League.

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