Every NBA team would prefer to play the majority of its playoff games at home, if given the choice. But there are a few clubs whose playoff fates totally depend on whether or not they can secure home-court advantage before the regular season concludes.
The Denver Nuggets transform into an entirely different team when they're at home, running winded opponents to death in the mile-high atmosphere. Their up-and-down style leaves visiting teams sucking wind and eating dust—as long as they're in Denver.
The Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics enjoy a boost from notoriously raucous home crowds. Away from their home arenas, all three teams seem to deflate. And all three also have road records that are much uglier than their home marks.
And the Indiana Pacers are a mystery. Whoever said "defense travels" was right, but Frank Vogel's club seems to leave its offense at home.
Everybody wants home-court advantage, but some need it.
*All stats accurate through games played Feb. 26, 2013