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  • NBA Attendance Down 1.2%; Eastern Conference Down 2.2%

    The NBA is averaging 16,993 fans per game through January 13, down 1.2% from the same period a year ago. Eastern Conference teams are down 2.2% to date, as nine of 15 teams in the conference are seeing dips at the gate. The Pistons are the only team in the conference seeing a double-digit decline, off 16%. The 76ers rank last in average attendance at 13,313 per game, and are the only team in the conference below 70% capacity. However, beginning with G Allen Iverson's first home game on December 7, the 76ers are averaging 14,390 fans per game through 10 home games, up 20.3% from 11,966 fans for eight games before that date. With the Bobcats in position for their first playoff berth, the franchise is seeing home attendance up a conference-best 6.4% at Time Warner Cable Arena. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for NBA Eastern Conference teams through January 13, with comparisons to the same period last season. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for Western Conference attendance (THE DAILY).

    NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 13
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('08-09)
    Bulls
    20
    412,874
    20,644
    98.7%
    20,968
    -1.5%
    19
    Cavaliers
    17
    349,554
    20,562
    100.0%
    20,455
    0.5%
    19
    Knicks
    19
    372,476
    19,604
    99.2%
    19,243
    1.9%
    16
    Celtics
    16
    297,984
    18,624
    100.0%
    18,624
    0.0%
    21
    Pistons
    17
    314,901
    18,524
    83.9%
    22,076
    -16.1%
    18
    Raptors
    18
    318,093
    17,672
    89.3%
    18,904
    -6.5%
    18
    Magic
    18
    314,298
    17,461
    100.0%
    16,728
    4.4%
    19
    Heat
    21
    364,912
    17,377
    88.7%
    17,530
    -0.9%
    18
    Wizards
    17
    289,743
    17,044
    84.5%
    16,796
    1.5%
    20
    Hawks
    19
    303,376
    15,967
    85.3%
    16,098
    -0.8%
    19
    Bucks
    18
    268,345
    14,908
    79.6%
    15,254
    -2.3%
    17
    Bobcats
    18
    264,916
    14,718
    77.1%
    13,827
    6.4%
    22
    Nets
    18
    246,820
    13,712
    72.3%
    15,100
    -9.2%
    21
    Pacers
    19
    255,696
    13,458
    74.1%
    13,801
    -2.5%
    16
    76ers
    18
    239,627
    13,313
    65.5%
    14,013
    -5.0%
    17
    E.C. TOTALS
    273
    4,613,615
    16,900
    86.6%
    17,280
    -2.2%
    280
    NBA TOTALS
    568
    9,652,195
    16,993
    88.8%
    17,202
    -1.2%
    565

    NOTES: Teams can exceed 100% capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales. All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

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