Journal of
Physical Education and Sport Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Phys. Educ. Sport Manag.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6486
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPESM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 78

Full Length Research Paper

Pairing, game order and number of games in the playoffs of a basketball top competition: Do free throws have an influence on the score efficiency?

López-Gutiérrez, Carlos J.1* and Jiménez-Torres, Manuel G.2
  1Dpto. Didáctica Exp. Corporal. Facultad de Educación y Humanidades. Universidad de Granada. Campus de Melilla. C/Santander, nº1 C.P. 52071. Melilla. España. 2Dpto de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico. Facultad de Psicología. Universidad de Granada. Campus de Cartuja s/n C.P. 18071. Granada. España.
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  •  Accepted: 11 June 2013
  •  Published: 31 July 2013



The researches reveal the importance of free throw efficiency to qualify for the victory in a basketball game. Hereafter, this investigation presents an analysis of free throws made in 74 Spanish ACB Basketball League games. The results show that pairings, order of games and number of games in the playoffs are not related to the accuracy percentage achieved in free throws. The shooting efficiency from the free throw line has significantly explained the points per game made ​​by each team. However, at the end of the game, it results that type of pairing, order of games and number of games in the playoffs free throw have not been factors for the number of points scored. Both home and visiting teams reach their maximum accurate percentage in semifinals and five-game playoffs.


Key words: Free throw efficiency, contextual situations, stress, playoffs, basketball.