Home teams dominating NBA playoffs

Home teams dominating NBA playoffs

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 01:06

Now that every NBA playoff series has gone at least two games, home teams have a 14-2 record.

The only two road teams to win so far are the Bulls in Brooklyn, and Golden State, which won Game 2 at Denver.

Since first-round series were stretched from 5 games to 7 in 2003, home teams have done better in the playoffs just once. That happened in 2004, when the hosts went 15-1 in the first two games of the opening round. Ironically, the only home team to lose was Detroit (to Milwaukee), which went on to win the NBA title.

There was no other year when home teams went 14-2 to start the playoffs, but they went 13-3 five times. The worst showing was 11-5 in 2003 and '09.

Chances are, the home court advantage won't be as strong with the lower seeds hosting the next two games in each series. The Bulls did go 2-0 against the Nets at the United Center this season. Meanwhile, Indiana has somehow lost 11 straight games in Atlanta.

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