The numerical difference between points scored and points allowed is referred to as **a point differential**. Wins in **close games** do not always represent a team's real ability. Teams who have a higher record than **their point differential** at the start of the season tend to slow down, and vice versa. However, over time the correlation between record and point differential becomes weaker.

There are two types of point differentials: actual and relative. The actual point differential is the number of points scored by one team minus the number of points allowed by the other team. For example, if a team scores 100 points and allows zero points, its actual point differential is 100 - 0 = 100. If your favorite team beats out your opponent by 10 points, they would have a winning record even though they lost that game.

To make up for losses, certain rules come into play when calculating the final record. First, the team with more victories earns all of their wins. In the example above, since the better team won, they get all 10 points from beat-out-ing their rival. Second, if both teams end up with an equal number of victories, then the team that started with a better record gets the victory. In this case, since the Chicago Bulls began the season with a better record than the 1996-97 Dallas Mavericks, we can assume that they will win more games over the course of the season.

The difference between a team's total points (offense) and the points scored against them is the simplest definition of point differential (defense). Last season, the New England Patriots had **a 12-4 SU record**, scored **557 points**, and allowed 331 points. So, including **those figures** into the equation: point differential = 57+. That means the Patriots were one step ahead of the game in terms of scoring offense and defense.

A positive point differential indicates that a team has more points than its opponents. If this number is negative, it means the team behind has scored more points than its opponents. A zero point differential means that both teams have an equal amount of points scored and allowed during the course of the season.

In other words, a team with a positive point differential is winning games, while a team with a negative point differential needs to win or lose fewer contests to remain competitive. Since 2007, only four teams have had a negative point differential through 14 games of play: the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2010 New York Giants, 2011 Green Bay Packers, and 2012 Kansas City Chiefs. Each of these teams improved upon their record the following year, with the exception of the G-Men who fell short of making the playoffs by one game.

"Average Points Differencing" Definition Second, sum together the amount of points each team won or lost in each game to get the Total Points Differential. (For example, Team A has beaten teams by a total of 50-40 in all games played, therefore Team A has 10 positive differential points.) Third, divide the Total Points Differential by the number of games played to obtain the Average Point Differential.

This method may be used instead of simply dividing the winning points by the losing points and rounding up to obtain the "average" score. For example, if a team wins every other game by 3 points and loses its last game by 2 points, its average point differential would be 1.5 (winning points plus losing points divided by two games played). Although this method gives a slightly higher estimate of average point differential than simply dividing winning points by losing points and rounding up, it is not recommended for use with very small numbers. In addition, this method may be used with ties; for example, if a team wins each game by 2 points, its average point differential would still be 1.5 even though there are no winning or losing points because division by zero is not mathematically valid.

If a second tie breaker is required, the point differential of all games played will be utilized. Team A won the opening match 11-8, 11-4, giving them a +10 point differential (22 points won and 12 points lost). Team A wins the second match, 11-9, 2-11, 11-6. They would have a point differential of -2 for this round. If the third match was also a tiebreaker, Team A would win it 10-11, 1-11, 11-7. They would have a final point differential of +3.

The winner of the opening match between Team B and Team C has an advantage in the second match because they start with half as much point differential to make up if they lose. Team B loses the first match 11-13, 11-5. They would have **a point differential** of +8 for this round. If Team C loses the second match, they too would have a +8 point differential. However, since they started with half as much point differential as Team B, they would only need to win by two to tie the match at **22 points** each. Team C wins the third match 11-9, 2-11, 11-6.

The pickleball worlds are known for **their close matches**. With so many points on the line, you can be sure there will be plenty of drama throughout the season!