Examining the playoff races

Spurs lead race for home-court advantage in the playoffs (PER Diem: Jan. 20, 2011)

Updated: January 20, 2011, 3:53 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Rajon Rondo and Tim DuncanBrian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesRajon Rondo and Tim Duncan have their teams in position for home-court advantage in the playoffs.

Imagine this scene: The Lakers and Heat are about to meet in Game 7 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The nation -- including NBA commissioner David Stern -- is overcome with excitement about the epic battle that's set to ensue. Ratings are through the roof, and hype is off the charts.