NBA Standings ordered by road record: Do the Heat need homecourt in the playoffs?

The Miami Heat have proven themselves to be a strong road team in both the regular season and playoffs over the years, but where do they stack up against other quality road teams in the league?

Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Seven
Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Seven / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages
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4. OKC Thunder; 17-11

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is yet another young high profile player that has injected new life to the OKC Thunder. Securing an All-Star nod as well, Gilgeous-Alexander is leading this young Thunder team to new heights. They are the second best team in the West and the third best team overall across both conferences. 

OKC has a 23-6 home record compared to their 17-11 road record, which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering their overall experience. They are 10-4 in division games and 24-13 in Conference games. With almost the entire Thunder roster having little to no playoff experience, finding themselves as a top road team will help come postseason, similar to the Minnesota Timberwolves situation.

The trade deadline acquisition of Gordon Hayward should help combat the inexperience of the Thunder. Hayward has several deep playoff runs under his belt, most notably with the Boston Celtics. OKC is yet another team that the Miami Heat fell to in a tight game down the stretch in what was an impressive Thunder victory.