NBA Offensive Stats
NBA offenses are putting up gaudy numbers each season, as the game has definitely progressed in the direction of offensive-minded. With the athletes becoming bigger, stronger, and faster, it's hard to defend. Let's also not forget the fact that rule changes make it more difficult to guard and defend as well.
From the perspective of NBA betting, researching information on offensive statistics in the NBA can be among the best information that you can find... just as important as researching defensive statistics. You can find a ton of great statistical information relating to NBA offenses if you just look for it. This can be extremely useful to your prospective wagers or the matchups that you are looking into. Comparing offenses side-by-side in the most important areas can be the difference between winning and losing money.
Points Per Game
The basic offensive information found below will be the points scored per game. This will rank the top scoring offenses in the league down to the bottom. Scoring can be further broken down into offensive output at home, versus on the road. There can be some big discrepancies between the two numbers, which is information that can be used as an advantage.
Offensive Shooting Statistics
Continuing through the categories of offense that you can review, we come to shooting stats: field-goal and free-throw percentages. These are separate, but in general, they relate back to how a team shoots.
But what if you wanted to just look at one number? Well, you can take a look at Effective Field Goal %, which is abbreviated as eFG% and is essentially a measurement of how well someone shoots. This takes into account that 3-pointers are worth more than 2-pointers. Because people shoot worse on 3s than 2s generally, this can skew normal field goal percentage, but it doesn’t skew Effective Field Goal %, which is as close as we have to a measurement of the value of an average shot by a given player.
Another great shooting metric is True Shooting %, which is abbreviated as TS%. It is similar to eFG% in that it takes into account the value of a three-point shot, but TS% also takes into account the value and rate at which a player makes their free throws, making it a comprehensive overview of what the player produces as far as all types of shooting offensively.
Overlooked NBA Offensive Stats
Aspects of offense that often get overlooked are the assists to turnovers ratio. Basically, some percentage of your passes will be a turnover, and the more you have the ball in your hands, the more you will turn it over – it’s all about the ratio at which you do it. The more assists you have per giving up a turnover, the better off you are. It's all about finding the right matchup where a bet can be made. For those interested, the defensive statistics similar to this can also be found in that section, so there will be opportunities to check things out from all angles.
What Other Useful NBA Offensive Statistics Are There?
The big one that comes to mind is the offensive rating, which is basically offense normalized to a per 100 possession statistic, which gives, more or less, the average offensive output of a team. You can take this number and compare it to the average for a year to get a better understanding of where the team you are looking at stands in comparison to the rest of the league. You can also use this to measure the offensive impact of individual players: you look at the offensive rating of the team when the player plays, and then you look at the offensive rating of the team when the player does not play.