Home-court advantage in the NBA isn't just something made up by fans or the media in order to have a topic to discuss. The numbers back it up, and there's a reason teams battle through the final days of the regular season to try to get the highest playoff seed possible.
We looked back at every team's playoff record for the past 10 years, and 25 of the 28 that made it had a record of .500 or better at home in the postseason. Some, of course, were much better than others -- as you'll see when perusing our list, ranked in order of postseason winning percentage at home from worst to first.
Sacramento Kings, .000
The last time the Kings made the playoffs (2006), Mike Bibby was wearing that hideous uniform while leading the team in scoring.
Minnesota Timberwolves, .000
Kevin Garnett had his best professional season in 2004, winning his lone MVP award while leading the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals. That's the last time Minnesota appeared in the postseason.
The Hornets/Bobcats have only 7 home playoff games in the past decade, thanks to just three playoff appearances during that span, all of which ended in the first round. They won just two of those contests.
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Washington Wizards, 0.333
The Wizards are 5-10 in home playoff games over the past 10 years, but that figures to improve this season as John Wall enters the postseason as one of the East's top three seeds.
Milwaukee Bucks, .375
The Bucks had just eight home playoff games during this span, thanks to three playoff appearances that all ended in the first round. Something tells us that Mr. Antetokounmpo will change things in that regard as early as this season.
New York Knicks, .500
This will be the fourth consecutive season of missing the playoffs for Carmelo Anthony, but the Knicks appeared in the postseason three straight years before that, and went 5-5 at MSG.
Chicago Bulls, .528
It's unclear if Jimmy Butler will be able to drag this year's Bulls team back to the postseason, but Chicago has a surprisingly low winning percentage at home given the sample size. The team is just 19-17 at home in the playoffs over the past 10 years.
L.A. Clippers, .560
The players themselves have complained about the lack of a home-court advantage at Staples Center for the Clippers, so we shouldn't be surprised to see them so low on the list. L.A.'s home playoff record is just 14-11.
New Orleans Pelicans, .571
The New Orleans franchise is tied with two others for this winning percentage, and went 8-6 at home in four playoff appearances.
Philadelphia 76ers, .571
The Process and the five straight years of missing the playoffs that followed made us forget that Philly had four playoff appearances during this span, posting an 8-6 record in home games. Maybe Joel Embiid will one day lead them back.
Detroit Pistons, .571
Stan Van Gundy took the Pistons to the playoffs last season after a six-year absence, but will be hard-pressed to do so again this year. Detroit went 12-9 at home in its four postseason appearances over the past decade.
Denver Nuggets, .583
The Nuggets have the toughest home-court advantage in the league during the regular season, thanks to a combination of altitude, time zone change, and the distance from the airport to the downtown arena. It hasn't translated in the postseason, however, as Denver's home record is just 14-10.
Toronto Raptors, .591
A ton of fans show up to watch Raptors playoffs games outside the arena, but the ones who make it in barely impact the action. Toronto's home postseason record is just 13-9.
Atlanta Hawks, .605
The Hawks actually came in eighth on this list in terms of total playoff games played, but their 26-17 record shows that home court hasn't helped them that much.
Memphis Grizzlies, .607
Grit, grind, and lose in the early rounds of the playoffs. Memphis is 17-11 at home in the postseason.
Brooklyn Nets, .611
Kevin Garnett was a member of the Nets the last time Brooklyn made the playoffs, and it seems like it might be forever until we see the team get there again. The Barclays Center wasn't much help, as the Nets were just 11-7 at home in the postseason.
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Orlando Magic, .613
Dwight Howard was a member of the Magic the last time they went to the playoffs, and this will mark the fifth straight year without a postseason trip. Orlando's 19-12 record at home remains uninspiring.
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Portland Trail Blazers, .619
We're starting to get into some significant home-court advantage territory with the Blazers. While 13-8 isn't all that impressive on the surface, the Portland faithful make for one of the louder arena environments when things start to get heated, and that makes Lillard Time feel that much more impactful, especially to visiting opponents.
Dallas Mavericks, .625
The Mavs are going to miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last 17 years, which is a good argument against tanking if you have at least one superstar in place. Dallas has a 20-12 postseason home record over the last 10 years.
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Houston Rockets, .633
The Rockets have a 19-11 home playoff record during this span, and seem poised to add to that win total behind James Harden's MVP-worthy performance this season.
Indiana Pacers, .633
Indiana tied with Houston here, and by the looks of things, may struggle to make it back to the playoffs this season. That would be bad for the franchise, as Paul George's upcoming decision in free agency (after next season) will go a long way in shaping the team's future.
The Jazz are returning to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2012, but they've managed to win at home in the postseason at a high percentage in the past.
Utah is 15-8 at home in its five playoff appearances over the last 10 years.
Oklahoma City Thunder, .681
The Thunder have been to the playoffs in six of the past seven years, and even though James Harden and Kevin Durant are long gone, Russell Westbrook is doing everything he can to make sure the winning tradition continues. OKC has posted an impressive 32-15 home playoff record during this span.
Phoenix Suns, .688
The Suns came in 22nd on this list in terms of total playoff games played, btu they were very good at home when they were once regular postseason participants. Phoenix has an 11-5 home record here, even though the last time they made the playoffs was 2010, when they pushed the eventual champion Lakers to six games in the Western Conference Finals.
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Boston Celtics, .732
Now we're getting to the heavy hitters. The Celtics have a 41-15 home playoff record in the last decade, thanks to stacked teams that made deep postseason runs. Boston has a shot at the No. 1 seed in the East this year, and Isaiah Thomas seems more than ready to add to the franchise win total in the 2017 playoffs.
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San Antonio Spurs, .750
The Spurs have played in the most postseason games in the past 10 years (68), and their 51-17 home record in those contests is insanely impressive. We'd expect nothing less forom the most consistently great franchise in all of professional sports.
Miami Heat, .754
The Heat are 46-15 at home during this span, thanks mostly to those four years that LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined D-Wade in Miami to wreak havoc on the rest of the league. Goraan Dragic's doing his very best to help carry on the tradition.
Los Angeles Lakers, .760
Surprise! The Lakers may miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, but they have seven playoff appearances under their belt over the last 10 years, including two championships and three trips to the Finals. Kobe and company posted a 38-12 record at home during that span.
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Golden State Warriors, .769
The Warriors may have just five playoff appearances in the last decade, but their recent run of success has them very close to the top of this list. Golden State has a 30-9 home playoff record, helped in great deal by the constant lights-out shooting from the reigning two-time MVP.
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Cleveland Cavaliers, .776
No team has had more success at home in the playoffs in the past decade than the Cavaliers. The defending champs are 38-11 over that stretch, which includes four years out of the playoffs entirely when LeBron took his talents to South Beach.