The Oklahoma City Thunder are one and a half games behind the San Antonio Spurs for first place in the west. With 10 games left in the season, the Thunder play four teams that are currently in the playoffs; the Spurs play eight teams that are currently in the playoffs in the remainder of their season.
Both the Thunder and Spurs know the No. 1 seed is pretty important. In the series between both teams this year, neither side has won an away game. In fact, the last time the away team won between the Spurs and Thunder was game six of last year’s Western Conference Finals.
Needless to say, home court advantage could make a huge difference in the Western Conference Finals– assuming both teams make it. The upcoming game between the Thunder and Spurs will be an important game for both teams. The Spurs have the series lead so far, 2-1, but the next game will be in Oklahoma City. The Spurs have not won a game in Oklahoma City since March 16, 2012.
OKC last 11 games and we need all of them. Lets thunderup and get this number 1 seed in the west
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 25, 2013
Another reason the upcoming Spurs game for the Thunder is important is because they are 3-9 against the league’s top four teams: Spurs, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies. That is not a very comforting statistic going into the playoffs. Especially when three of those teams are in the Western Conference. The Thunder need to win against the Spurs not only for the No. 1 seed, but for some confidence.
If the Thunder do not get the No. 1 seed it would not be the end of the world, but it would be nice to know for the Thunder that every series up to the NBA Finals would have home court advantage. With just a few more weeks until the playoffs, things are starting to get interesting. Games are starting to have playoff atmosphere, which is something that both the fans and players can enjoy.