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
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7. New Orleans Pelicans; 18-12

The New Orleans Pelicans are a middle-of-the-pack playoff team this season. Each year, so many factors fall onto the health of both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. They are the leading star duo for the Pelicans, but both of their health problems have made it impossible to ever be able to make some noise in the loaded West.

New Orleans sports a 34-24 record and has an identical home record as their away record. They are also just 9-6 in division games and 24-18 in their Conference. It would be hard for anybody to bet on the Pelicans making noise this season. Although their records and statistics prove they are an above-average team this season, they just don’t have much deep postseason success over the years.

Having a solid road record can help combat that, especially if they are still towards the middle of the standings to end the regular season. It is looking like the Pelicans will for sure open the first round of the playoffs without homecourt, so the experience they have this year in getting road wins could come in handy for that situation.