How Much Does Attendance Help NBA Teams Win at Home

The best home record in the NBA so far this season? Both the San Antonio Spurs, with a 13-1 record at the AT&T Center, and the Oklahoma City Thunder, with a 15-1 record at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, own the best home record so far this season. In common? The Spurs fill 97.7% of their seats each night, the Thunder are at full capacity.

It’s pretty much the chicken and the egg. Nine NBA teams fill 100% at least of their arena capacity each night – The NBA champions Dallas Mavericks more than any other. They’re 21-13 this season after a rough start, and 13-6 at home. They’re averaging 20,251 fans per game, 105.5% of their capacity.

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There’s no surprise that the Detroit Pistons, with 11-24, and the franchise struggling for a few years now, winning just over 30% of their games but with the lowest home attendance numbers this season, averaging just over 13,000 fans a game, 60.5% of their capacity. They’re a step or two behind the rest of the league.

Surprising to see the Charlotte Bobcats, the worst team in the league so far this season with a 4-28 records, so high in the attendance numbers. The Bobcats are terrible at home, 2-12, averaging 16,823 fans, 88% of their capacity. All the teams on top – The Mavs, Bulls, Blazers, Magic, Heat, Clippers, Knicks and Thunder, all of them with at least 100% of the  capacity each night. The Bulls and Miami are the two best teams in the East, both losing only twice at home.

Does it have anything to do with the crowd? I think being a good and successful team helps the fans come in, and the a culture of achievements and playoffs, or a positive direction the team takes gets the fans to buy tickets. The wins come because of good teams, not good fans.