If you are a sports betting fan, but you are not sure whether or not your favorite team has been at its best this season, then you may find a winning percentage calculator can find the answer.
Win-Lose-Tie percentages are predominant statistics that lots of sports bettor, enthusiasts, and analysts use to determine how well a sports team or an athlete is competing. High lose percentages and high loss percentages represent failure while high win percentages and low loss percentages show succes.
Sports fans use winning percentages as a bragging tool when dissing other teams. A team which has over 50% winning percentage is considered as a successful sports team. Some fans say the number of championship wins is a better indicator of the success of a team.
Winning percentage is one way to compare the record of two teams. Another standard method most frequently used in baseball and professional basketball standings is games behind. In baseball, a pitcher is assessed wins and losses as an individual statistic and thus has his own winning percentage, based on his win–loss record. In the NFL, division winners and playoff qualifiers are technically determined by winning percentage and not by number of wins. Some leagues and competitions may instead use a points percentage system, changing the nature of this statistic. In this type of method, used in many group tournament ranking systems, the competitors are awarded a certain number of points per win, fewer points per tie, and none for a loss. The teams are then ranked by the total number of these accumulated points. One such method is the “three points for a win”, where three points are awarded for winning a game, one point is awarded for a draw, and no points are awarded for a loss. The NHL (which uses an overtime and shootouts to break all ties) awards two points for a win in regulation or overtime/shootout, one point for an overtime loss, and none for a regulation loss.
When you calculate a winning percentage, you are essentially approximating a ratio of wins versus total attempts. If there were no draws, you simply divide the total number of wins by the number of games that were played, as follows:
Winning Percentage = (Number of Wins / Total Games Played) × 100
Total Games Played = Number of Wins + Number of Losses
Let’s look at an example. Let’s say that a basketball team has played 64 games, of which they have won 52. The winning percentage of that basketball team would be as follows:
Winning Percentage = (52 / 64) × 100 = .8125 × 100 = 81.25%
If some games were drawn (i.e., both teams achieved the same score), you would use a different formula that is based on the assumption that a tie represents 0.5 of a win. In such a scenario, you would use the following formula:
Winning Percentage = (2 × Number of Wins + Number of Ties) / (2 × Total Games Played) × 100
Total Games Played = Number of Wins + Number of Losses + Number of Ties
Example №1: NBA team has played 25 games, of which they have lost 5 and drawn 4. The winning percentage would be determined as follows:
Number of Wins = Total Games Played – Number of Ties – Number of Losses = 25 – 4 – 5 = 16
Winning Percentage = (2 × 16 + 4) / (2 × 25) × 100 = 0.72 × 100%= 72%
Example №1: NFL standings: 8-6-2 team A vs 9-7-0 team B, who have better statistic?
Team A Winning Percentage = (2 × 8 + 2) / (2 × 16) × 100 = 0.56 × 100% = 56%
Team B Winning Percentage = (2 × 9 + 0) / (2 × 16) × 100 = 0.56 × 100% = 56%
So, both teams have the same statistic
Please note, a winning percentage of a team does not indicate the probability of them winning the next game. So before you bet money on a team, look at the odds calculator.