Sometimes in basketball, the teams are so evenly matched on the court the only thing that can separate them is the fans off it. Home court advantage isn’t the same for everyone, but these NBA teams can count on their fans shouting the loudest.
Golden State Warriors
Even when their team isn’t playing particularly well the Golden State Warriors fans can be heard on the television broadcast. The Warriors fans made the Oracle Center shake to its foundations with their loud chanting which could get on top of the road teams.
It’s hard enough to hear what’s going on through the TV broadcast, it must be impossible for opposition teams to communicate and come up with a gameplan. Despite their reputation as loud fans, no one knows what the future is going to look like for Warriors supporters.
Their team is changing, and they are moving homes to the Chase Center in San Francisco for the 2019 season. The Warriors will be hoping the fans bring their voices to their new home to cheer them on as well as they have been over the past few years.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If you’re going to have a name like Thunder, then you better hope you’ve got some loud supporters. Oklahoma City Thunder has nothing to worry about in that regard, and the Chesapeake Energy Center makes plenty of noise.
The Thunder are the only professional team in town, which means all sports fans do their best to get into the arena and show their support. Pretty much every game is a sellout, and when the Thunder are having a good season, their arena is rocking.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers can rely on their sold-out arena to generate an intimidating atmosphere every home game they play. Portland often go on winning runs at home thanks to their fans, and if the home support doesn’t like a visiting player, they aren’t shy in making their voices heard.
With Damian Lillard exciting the fans at any opportunity the Portland Trail Blazers fans are always in good voice, like they are for every sporting franchise in the city. Even when the Trail Blazers don’t have a great roster, their home support is good enough to bring them a few more wins than their pay can sometimes merit.
The Toronto Raptors are fresh from their very first NBA Finals win, and there is a feel-good vibe in the city. Even though they lost their best player, the Raptors fans aren’t going to quieten down any time soon. Thanks to their home court support, the Raptors consistently rank among the top teams playing at home.
Their regular season home form was a large part of why they made it to the finals in the first place. Even though they didn’t perform well in front of their home fans in the finals, the Raptors got the job done for the first time in their history.
The wait for another NBA championship goes on for the Celtics, but it seems their fans are with them the whole way. The legendary basketball team is considered to have some of the most loyal fans in the world as they have stuck with their franchise through thick and thin.
TD Garden is always a tough place to go, and home court advantage helped the Celtics to sit comfortably in the playoff places in the 2018-19 season. The fans are extremely passionate and will never let the visiting team get too comfortable without stirring up plenty of noise.
Home court advantage can mean everything for franchises during the regular season. It is the base on which they can build their success, and those with the loudest support tend to do the best while playing at home.