Detroit Pistons Did It, but Will a Road Team Win Again in the NBA Playoffs?

John LewisSenior Writer IMay 14, 2008

The Detroit Pistons found the secret to winning a road game but will any other team win a road game in the second round of the NBA playoffs?  Home teams are now 17-1 with Boston and Los Angeles looking to extend the home teams' dominance.

So who will be the second team to win on the road?  Of the teams playing tonight, Cleveland at Boston-Utah at Los Angeles, who has the best shot at stealing one on the road?

So what's the key for Utah to win game five? I hate to say it, but the refs are the key simply because Utah is a physical team and road teams will more often than not get fewer calls.  Just look at their home record, it's the best in the NBA, while their road record is 17-24.

Plus, Kobe Bryant may not be 100 percent with some lingering back injuries that hampered him in game four.  Even though Bryant ended the game with 33 points, he only shot 13-33 from the field.  The Lakers made a valiant effort to take the game into overtime but came up short in the end.

So how can Cleveland win game five on the road?  I've got two words for you...LeBron James. 

Although Lebron has been in a shooting slump the entire series, only hitting 25 percent of his shots while his scoring average against Boston is nearly 12 points lower than his season average, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if LeBron struggles, the Cavaliers struggle.

But for Cleveland to go up in this series they will have to score more than 72.5 points, this is what they're averaging per game against Boston's stifling home defense.

That makes Utah the favorite to be just the second team to win on the road during this second round.  They just have to stay physical and wear down Bryant and company.  However, there's still the possibility that no other road team will win a game.