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Study names Utah Jazz amongst NBA teams outperforming the bookmakers odds the most

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The team at OLBG have delved into the data to reveal the US sports teams outperforming the odds the most, comparing actual wins to predicted wins for each of the last five seasons, to provide an ‘overall performance score’. 

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Top 10 NBA teams outperforming the odds

RankTeam17/18 P.D18/19P.D19/20P.D20/21P.D21/22P.DOverall Performance Difference
1Toronto Raptors21.6%4.5%14.0%-36.5%35.2%7.8%
2Memphis Grizzlies-41.3%-4.3%23.6%20.6%34.9%6.7%
3Charlotte Hornets-15.3%9.9%-2.1%24.5%11.7%5.7%
4Oklahoma City Thunder-10.3%1.0%35.4%-2.2%2.1%5.2%
5Sacramento Kings-1.8%50.0%-17.3%8.8%-17.8%4.4%
6Utah Jazz18.5%1.0%-17.8%25.3%-6.7%4.1%
7Philadelphia 76ers31.6%-4.7%-21.1%12.6%1.0%3.9%
8New York Knicks-4.9%-40.4%-20.8%90.7%-10.8%2.8%
9Los Angeles Clippers-3.4%29.7%-8.4%1.1%-7.7%2.3%
10Phoenix Suns-26.3%-34.5%15.3%32.5%24.3%2.2%

The research has revealed the following:

🏀 By winning 7.8% more games than predicted, the Toronto Raptors outperformed the odds better than any other franchise in the NBA

🏀 The Houston Rockets underperformed against the odds the most, picking up 17.1% fewer wins than predicted.

🏀 The top 10 NBA teams from the results outperformed their predicted results by 4.5% on average, compared to a rate of -5.9% across the other 20 franchises. 

Further findings from the study include:

🏈 The Seattle Seahawks have continually defied the preseason odds in the NFL by winning 23.8% more games than predicted between 2018-2022.

🏈 The top 10 NFL teams from the results outperformed their predicted results by 13.5% on average, compared to a rate of -9.7% across the NFL’s other 22 franchises. 

🏈 The Jacksonville Jaguars topped AFC South in 2022 and won 38.5% more games than the bookmakers, but they have underperformed in four of their last five seasons to have the lowest ‘Overall performance Difference’ in the NFL at -32.5%. 

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