An inquisitive reader asked me to examine just how bad was the home/away free throw attempt discrepancy in game 2. Using regular season data from 1986-2008, I calculated home fta – away fta, finding a maximum of 41 (on 02/06/93 DEN v DAL) and a minimum of -41 (on 11/19/03 NYK v LAL). The mean discrepancy in favor of the home team is 1.364, and the standard deviation is 10.254. Below is a plot of the empirical density, with Game 2 indicated with a red line:
Game 2’s difference, 38-10=28, is 2.598 standard deviations above the mean. If my counting is correct, this puts the game in the 0.994 percentile of games in terms of pro-home free throw attempt discrepancy. What I cannot tell you, unfortunately, is whether it was the officiating, or the play, that lead to the difference.