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HCA in the lockout season


Western conference looks as open this year as ever in recent memory, and the compressed schedule makes playing on the road even more difficult than usual. In these circumstances, anybody can beat anybody, and home court advantage may be as important as ever. Of course, not every team can be a model of consistency winning every game at home while losing each game on the road (the only two teams to achieving this consistency so far are the Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks), number of the wins strongly correlates to the number of home games. There are numbers after the jump:

Team

W-L

H-R

Difference

OKC

11-2

7-6

+4

Utah

8-4

7-5

+1

SAS

9-4

9-4

0

LAL

9-5

9-5

0

Dallas

8-5

8-5

0

Denver

8-5

8-5

0

Portland

7-5

7-5

0

LAC

6-3

6-3

0

Houston

5-7

5-7

0

Memphis

6-6

7-5

-1

Sacto

4-9

6-7

-2

GSW

4-8

7-5

-3

Phoenix

4-8

7-5

-3

Minni

4-8

7-5

-3

NO

3-9

6-6

-3

I think, this table illustrates that our expectations about relative team strengths in the west are so far confirmed: OKC looks like an early favorite for #1 seed followed by 9 teams that have about as many wins as home games. I am somewhat surprised by the good record of Utah and few wins of Minnesota, but other than that the table makes a lot of sense. As was typically the case in recent years, the West still has a lot of parity between its team #2 and team #9.

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