Day 1 of the NBA playoffs was not kind to the home team. The Brooklyn Nets beat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game road losing streak in the playoffs by beating the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
From what I can tell, Saturday was the first day since 2009 that three road teams won a Game 1 in the first round on the same day.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 20, 2014
Day 2 was not much better for the home crowd. The Portland Trailblazers got the win at the Toyota Center over the Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
That was the first time WAS won Game 1 of a playoff series since April 18, 1986, when the Bullets won, 95-94, at PHI.
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) April 21, 2014
Five teams with home-court advantage were on the losing side in the eight series-opening contests. Last season, when none of the lower seeds won the opening game of the playoffs.
“It doesn’t really matter if you are home or away,” said Bulls forwad Taj Gibson after the loss. “Any given night someone can get beaten [sic]”
It does matter, though. According to WhoWins, the lower seed is 2-20 in Game 2 after winning Game 1 on the road and have won just 45.5 percent of the opening series. So while every (under)dog has its day, don’t expect them to have another one so quickly after.
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