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Most Dominant Playoff Tournament: Pool D, Round 1

Posted by Neil Paine on March 19, 2010

Since WhatIfSports doesn't have a "neutral court" option for the NBA, I decided to make each matchup a 2-3-2 best-of-7 series to lessen the impact of HCA (home teams win 60% of the time in any 1 game, but only 53.2% in a 7-game series). Here are the opening-round series from Pool D (click on series links for game-by-game box scores):

#8 '04 Pistons vs. #9 '60 Celtics
Game 1: 04DET 121, 60BOS 119
Game 2: 04DET 115, 60BOS 105
Game 3: 04DET 116, 60BOS 110
Game 4: 60BOS 104, 04DET 95
Game 5: 60BOS 117, 04DET 100
Game 6: 04DET 119, 60BOS 86
(2004 Pistons Win Series 4-2)

#5 '92 Bulls vs. #12 '68 Celtics
Game 1: 68BOS 112, 92CHI 110
Game 2: 92CHI 114, 68BOS 110
Game 3: 92CHI 116, 68BOS 103
Game 4: 92CHI 113, 68BOS 96
Game 5: 92CHI 122, 68BOS 119
(1992 Bulls Win Series 4-1)

#4 '89 Pistons vs. #13 '79 Sonics
Game 1: 79SEA 98, 89DET 97
Game 2: 79SEA 110, 89DET 92
Game 3: 79SEA 113, 89DET 95
Game 4: 89DET 133, 79SEA 93
Game 5: 79SEA 122, 89DET 103
(1979 Sonics Win Series 4-1)

#3 '09 Lakers vs. #14 '70 Knicks
Game 1: 09LAL 115, 70NYK 90
Game 2: 09LAL 127, 70NYK 125
Game 3: 09LAL 107, 70NYK 85
Game 4: 09LAL 116, 70NYK 113
(2009 Lakers Win Series 4-0)

#6 '82 Lakers vs. #11 '94 Rockets
Game 1: 82LAL 111, 94HOU 104
Game 2: 82LAL 120, 94HOU 109
Game 3: 82LAL 97, 94HOU 88
Game 4: 94HOU 132, 82LAL 123
Game 5: 94HOU 121, 82LAL 120
Game 6: 94HOU 107, 82LAL 103
Game 7: 82LAL 116, 94HOU 99
(1982 Lakers Win Series 4-3)

#7 '59 Celtics vs. #10 '07 Spurs
Game 1: 07SAS 105, 59BOS 91
Game 2: 59BOS 112, 07SAS 108
Game 3: 07SAS 112, 59BOS 73
Game 4: 07SAS 125, 59BOS 100
Game 5: 07SAS 117, 59BOS 87
(2007 Spurs Win Series 4-1)

#2 '50 Lakers* vs. #15 '55 Nationals
Game 1: 50MNL 122, 55SYR 103
Game 2: 55SYR 93, 50MNL 92
Game 3: 50MNL 109, 55SYR 96
Game 4: 55SYR 93, 50MNL 88
Game 5: 50MNL 92, 55SYR 88
Game 6: 50MNL 110, 55SYR 100
(1950 Lakers* Win Series 4-2)

(* = Teams before 1952 are unavailable at WIS, so I used the '52 Lakers with as few MP as possible given to players who weren't on the '50 team.)

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3 Responses to “Most Dominant Playoff Tournament: Pool D, Round 1”

  1. Dave Hogg Says:

    The idea here is great, but the actual results are bizarre. On what world would Ben Wallace be scoring that much against a young Bill Russell?

  2. AYC Says:

    No way do the 82 Lakers hold Hakeem to a lower scoring avg than the 94 Knicks did; against a fast-paced team like LA, the 94 version of Dream would go for 30+ no doubt

  3. Nick Says:

    I have to question the methods by which WhatIfSports compares and calculates these dream scenarios. Although I think that the website and the whole comparison thing is awesome, and I think its something we have all been waiting for, it has made some odd decisions. The choice to have nearly all if not everyone on the team play at least a bit is one Another is that it seems to simulate a very conservative outcome for certain players, such as Jordan, who were known for getting in the zone and suddenly ripping of 50 points.