Insider Intel: The upset index

Regular-season results tend to be strong predictors of first-round matchups

Updated: April 16, 2009, 2:50 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to Insider

How much does the NBA's regular season matter come playoff time? More than you ever might have imagined. It turns out that by studying head-to-head results for postseason matchups, we end up with a strong clue as to how a series will turn out.