The Golden State Warriors are attempting to win their seventh NBA title, while the Boston Celtics are hoping to win their 18th NBA title and pass the Los Angeles Lakers for the all-time record.
While Andrew Wiggins has had a spectacular postseason, the Warriors still rely heavily on Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Meanwhile, Jayson Tatum has been phenomenal for the Celtics, and they have one of the league’s top supporting casts in Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams III.
How is Home-Court Advantage Determined in the NBA Finals?
Although the higher seed receives home court throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs, the team with the better regular season record receives this benefit in the NBA Finals.
After finishing the regular season with a 53-29 record and the Celtics with a 51-31 record, Golden State will play at home.
The better record typically corresponds to the higher seed. There hadn’t been a case of a higher seed having to play Game 1 of the Finals away from home since 2019.
Despite being the top seed in the West, the 57-25 Warriors opened the Finals away from home in Toronto, facing the No. 2 seed in the East, the 58-24 Raptors.
How Important is Home-Court Advantage in the NBA Finals?
Beginning with Thursday’s Game 1, the 2018 NBA Finals will be played between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
The two teams have been to the Finals before, but this year’s format is a little different.
The Warriors were the third seed in the Western Conference, while the Celtics held the second spot in the East.
For the second year in a row, the Finals will not feature the top seed. However, this is only the fifth time since 2007 that this has happened.
Why do the Warriors Have Home Court Advantage?
The Warriors’ regular-season record was superior than the Celtics’, earning them the right to play any potential playoff games at their own arena.
The NBA does not reseed the playoffs; the bracket is set in stone. However, when the two conferences meet in the NBA Finals, the regular season is revisited.
The Warriors won 53 games and lost only 29, while the Celtics dropped to 51. The Warriors lagged behind the Suns and Grizzlies.
In this year’s playoffs, they advanced over the Grizzlies in the second round while the Suns were eliminated by the Mavericks.
American professional basketball team headquartered in San Francisco, known as the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California that plays in the NBA’s Pacific Division (Western Conference).
Warrior Basketball was established in 1946 in Philadelphia; in 1962 the team relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Adopting the name of the city as its own; the name was changed to Golden State in 1971.