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  • Attendance For NBA Western Conference Franchises Remains Flat

    NBA Western Conference teams are averaging 17,080 fans per home game this season, relatively flat compared to the same period a year ago. The Trail Blazers remain tops in the conference at 20,468 fans per contest at the Rose Garden, which is flat with last year. Despite remaining near the bottom of the conference standings, the T'Wolves and Kings are seeing a 9% and 8% bump, respectively. After finishing last season with a 20% jump in home gate, the Hornets' disappointing on-court performance this season has contributed to a 13% decline at New Orleans Arena, marking the sharpest drop among Western Conference teams. Below is team-by-team attendance for the NBA Western Conference through January 13, with comparisons to the same period a year ago. See yesterday's Back of the Book section for Eastern Conference figures (THE DAILY).

    NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 13
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('08-09)
    Trail Blazers
    22
    450,300
    20,468
    102.4%
    20,541
    -0.4%
    18
    Mavericks
    19
    378,866
    19,940
    103.9%
    20,008
    -0.3%
    18
    Lakers
    24
    455,928
    18,997
    100.0%
    18,997
    0.0%
    22
    Jazz
    20
    378,853
    18,943
    95.1%
    19,896
    -4.8%
    20
    Warriors
    16
    291,133
    18,196
    92.9%
    18,808
    -3.3%
    15
    Thunder
    20
    358,143
    17,907
    98.4%
    18,575
    -3.6%
    20
    Spurs
    23
    410,489
    17,847
    96.1%
    17,845
    0.0%
    21
    Nuggets
    20
    347,877
    17,394
    90.8%
    16,641
    4.5%
    20
    Suns
    19
    328,575
    17,293
    93.9%
    18,422
    -6.1%
    19
    Rockets
    16
    270,124
    16,883
    93.6%
    17,664
    -4.4%
    17
    Clippers
    20
    314,795
    15,740
    82.6%
    15,155
    3.9%
    18
    Hornets
    18
    267,201
    14,845
    86.4%
    16,961
    -12.5%
    17
    T'Wolves
    20
    291,049
    14,552
    75.2%
    13,374
    8.8%
    19
    Kings
    21
    279,731
    13,321
    76.9%
    12,307
    8.2%
    20
    Grizzlies
    17
    215,516
    12,677
    70.0%
    12,488
    1.5%
    21
    W.C. Totals
    295
    5,038,580
    17,080
    91.0%
    17,126
    -0.3%
    285
    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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