Despite inconsistent play this season, the Golden State Warriors seem to enjoy much of their success on the season against the Western Conference when playing at home.
It seems like the Warriors come out with a different type of energy when feeding off the ruckus home crowd of Oracle Arena that helps them pull out of dire situations and come out with a win.
The Warriors greatly feed off their fans’ spirit and have been able to defeat every current Western Conference playoff team at home, with the one exception being the San Antonio Spurs. Their home record against Western Conference teams also reflects their success at defending home turf, which will be very crucial in winning series during the playoffs.
The Warriors are 12-5 on the season against the Western Conference at home and have been able to take down top teams like the Los Angeles Clippers (twice), Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers in very impressive fashion.
Currently sitting at the sixth seed, showing the ability to beat the elite teams of the Western Conference at home will be very important from a psychological standpoint because most likely the Warriors will be matched up in the first round with one of these teams. If the playoffs started today, they would be set to play the third seeded Trail Blazers who are more than capable of stealing home court advantage in a playoff series.
The Warriors will need to sustain their home stand against the top teams of the Western Conference this season if they want to pose a threat in pulling off another first round upset.