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ESPN Ranks Houston Rockets with 3 Percent Chance To Win Series

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) defends during the second quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Each day ESPN ranks all the playoff teams odds of winning their first round series. Though the Houston Rockets don’t rank dead last they aren’t far behind the bottom ranked team. Heading into Game 4 ESPN’s BPI (Basketball Power Index) for the Rockets is 3 percent.

The BPI incorporates all the statistics from the series. Emphasis is given to each squads offensive and defensive rating. Other factors like strength of opponent, where the current/next game is played, the pace rating, how much rest the team has had and preseason expectations also factor in.

"ESPN’s NBA Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a forward-looking measure of team quality. It uses advanced statistical analysis to measure each team’s offensive and defensive levels relative to an average team. There are a number of factors BPI takes into account, such as strength of opponent, pace, game location and rest."

ESPN BPI Index
ESPN BPI Index

To see the entire BPI rating for all playoff teams you can visit ESPN daily.

As mentioned the Rockets don’t rank dead last the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons own that privilege with a 1 percent chance of winning. This given the Spurs and Cavaliers hold a 3-0 edge on their respective opponents.

Suffice to say, they’ll be a shift in the BPI should the Rockets win Game 4, a task which just got more difficult with news Stephen Curry should be back.

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