Home teams thus far in the 2013 NBA Playoffs are 10-1. Talk about a true home court advantage.
But what teams have the BEST home court advantages in the NBA? Here are five teams that I believe have the best home court advantages for one reason or another.
When you have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and a host of other talented players, winning at home should happen 90-95 percent of the time. In Miami’s case, they are right on track.
Miami is 95-20 at home since James and Bosh joined the Heat. Nothing against Miami’s fans, but the record has much more to do with the players.
Nevertheless, you can’t argue statistics.
College atmosphere. It’s like the Memphis Tigers are playing.
Memphis was 32-9 this season at home after posting a 26-7 home record one season ago. Since coming into the league, Memphis has always been a difficult place to play.
They’ll need every bit of that home court advantage to get back in their series with Los Angeles.
San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, etc, etc. Maybe it’s the players San Antonio has on its roster but the great fans of San Antonio help too.
San Antonio was 28-5 at home last season and 35-6 this season. They keep every game close enough to make the necessary plays down the stretch to win games.
Having a great home crowd into every game also factors into the equation. San Antonio has one of the best home crowds in the league.
Oklahoma City Thunder
College basketball crowds make the sport what it is. Oklahoma City has the best college atmosphere in the NBA.
Thunder sticks, chants, fans into every play…that’s what you get in Oklahoma City. From 1st to 4th quarter, Oklahoma City’s fan base is strong throughout.
The Thunder finished this season with a 34-7 record. And when you have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it’s easy to be one of the best home teams in the NBA.
Great fans in high altitude make an unbelievable home court advantage in any sport.
Denver has those two things working perfectly.
It’s hard to adjust to the altitude in Colorado. It takes a few days if you’re not used to it. Some players adjust well but it can be something that is a problem for others.
Don’t believe the hype? Denver was 38-3 at home in the regular season this year. 33-8 in 2010-11. 34-7 in 2009-10. 33-8 the year before. 33-8 the year before that.
Not one of those seasons did Denver truly compete for an NBA championship. They are unreal at home but average to below average on the road.