Hot Shots: An Analysis of the â€œHot Handâ€ in NBA Field Goal and Free Throw Shooting
Robert Lantis and
Journal of Sports Economics, 2021, vol. 22, issue 6, 639-677
We investigate the hot hand using detailed data on free throws and field goals attempts for 12 NBA seasons. We find a small hot hand for free throws, which more than doubles for longer streaks of made free throws. Both offenses and defenses respond to field goals, but a made field goal does not change the probability that a player makes his next field goal attempt, and longer streaks of made field goals reduce the probability that a player makes his next field goal attempt. Finally, a made field goal reduces the teamâ€™s expected points on their next shot.
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