Different NBA Finals location format this yearPosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s the Philadelphia Daily News on the new NBA Finals format:
Because of the long travel between the East and West coasts, the NBA changed the format for the Finals to a 2-3-2 starting in 1985. But in October, before the season, the NBA Board of Governors voted unanimously to return to the 2-2-1-1-1.
“There certainly was a perception it was unfair to the team that had the better record, that it was then playing the pivotal Game 5 on the road,” said NBA commissoner Adam Silver. “So this obviously moves that game back to giving homecourt advantage to the team with the better record, if it’s a 2-2 series.”
There is no large anomaly that says 2-2-1-1-1 provides a different outcome from 2-3-2. If you go by the theory that the team with the better overall record throughout the regular season is generally the better team, then the teams with the homecourt advantage were 21-8 (72.4 percent) in winning the NBA Finals.
By comparison, in 2-2-1-1-1, which had been used in all seven-game series leading into the Finals, the team with home court has won 75.8 percent of series.