Statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight has debuted the first episode of The Lab, a new weekly NBA podcast hosted by Neil Paine (general editor and senior sportswriter), Kyle Wagner (senior sportswriter), and Chris Herring (senior sportswriter), available now on The Lab’s podcast feed. Each episode will discuss the trends in the league from an analytics angle: Are there enough possessions to go around for Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder? Why are pull-up threes now all the rage in the league? What makes Gregg Popovich such a good coach? A new episode will air every Wednesday afternoon throughout the NBA season.
FiveThirtyEight was founded by award-winning author and statistician Nate Silver, and first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when it had a high prediction rate across all states and contests.