Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Statistics

Director of Thesis

Dr. David Hitchcock

Second Reader

Dr. Judith Kalb

Abstract

A common saying in sports is that “defense wins championships.” However, the past decade of play in the modern NBA has seen a rise and focus in offensive efficiency and 3-pointers. This thesis tests whether defense can truly predict a championship winning team in today’s NBA through two-sample hypothesis testing and multiple logistic regression models. The results found that both defensive and offensive statistics were significant predictors of championship teams, meaning that a balanced team, rather than one specialized in defense alone, is a more accurate predictor of championship success.

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1

Last Page

45

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