Influence of match congestion on performances in the National Basketball Association

Yang, Jianzhe, Wu, Chao, Zhou, Changjing, Zhang, Shaoliang, Leicht, Anthony, and Gomez, Miguel Ángel (2021) Influence of match congestion on performances in the National Basketball Association. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. 630769.

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The ability to recover from official match-play across a single and multiple matches is often considered a key factor in subsequent performance for modern professional basketball. The aims of this study were to: (i) explore the differences in match performances between different match congestion cycles (i.e., matches separated by zero, one, or two or greater days of rest); and (ii) identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) discriminating between winning and losing during different match congestion cycles. The current study indicated that scoring close to (i.e., within the paint) (ES = 0.08) or very far away (i.e., Three-point, ES = 0.05) was significantly greater for winning matches separated by 1- and 2-days of rest compared to consecutive matches (i.e., 0 rest days between matches). Additionally, shooting efficiency (P < 0.001), and attaining Defensive Rebounds (P < 0.001) and Steals (P < 0.001), were significant offensive and defensive KPIs that differentiated winning and losing teams. Similarly, opponent quality and match pace were important situational variables that affected match outcome during different match congestion cycles. While match location had an impact on winning following 1- and 2-days of rest, it had no impact for back-to-back matches (i.e., 0 days between matches). The current results will support coaches' offensive, defensive and recovery strategies during various match congestion cycles for a greater probability of winning NBA matches.

Item ID: 70525
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1664-1078
Keywords: elite sport, match schedule, national basketball association, performance analysis, regression analysis
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021 Yang, Wu, Zhou, Zhang, Leicht and Gomez. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 01:38
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