Home court advantage in the NBA? You bet!
It’s long been held that there is a distinctive home court advantage in the NBA. The numbers certainly confirm this. Consider this:
- Through games of January 5 this season, the home team won 58.1 percent of NBA games.
- Last season, home teams won 58.4% of all games in the league.
- Twenty-two of the 30 NBA teams had a winning percentage above .500 in home games this season (through January 5); only seven of the 30 teams had winning percentages above .500 in road games this year.
So, are there some teams (or arenas) that are more of a home court advantage than others? Let’s take a look at the home court stats for NBA teams over the past two-plus seasons. Since the start of the 2015-16 NBA season through games of January 5, 2018, every team has a higher winning percentage at home than on the road.
Two teams, Cleveland and Indiana, are almost 250 percentage points higher at home than on the road. The Cavs have a winning percentage of .782 at home since the start of the 2015-16 season and a road percentage of .535, a difference of .247 percentage points. The Pacers are at .647 for home games in the same time frame and at .400 for road games; again, a difference of .247.
Here’s a look at the each of the 30 NBA teams and how much higher their home winning percentage is over their road winning percentage since the start of the 2015-16 season.
.247 Cleveland, Indiana
.230 Oklahoma City
.226 San Antonio
.207 New York Knicks
.193 New Orleans
.155 L.A. Clippers
.153 L.A. Lakers
.095 Philadelphia, Phoenix
.080 Golden State
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