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NBA Attendance Relatively Flat Compared To Prior Seasons; Kings Down In Sacramento

NBA teams are averaging 17,135 fans per game heading into All-Star Weekend, flat compared to same period during the lockout-shortened season in '11-12, but down slightly compared to same period during the '10-11 season. The Bulls lead all clubs with 21,736 fans per game, down slightly from previous seasons, but still enough to pack United Center to 103.9% capacity. The Nets' move to Brooklyn is paying dividends at the gate. The team is up an NBA-best 23% compared to last season, and up 22% compared to two seasons ago. With the Kings' future in Sacramento uncertain, the team is seeing attendance drop at Sleep Train Arena. The club's attendance is down an NBA-worst 10% to date. Listed below is NBA team-by-team attendance through Feb. 14, with comparisons to similar periods the last two seasons (THE DAILY).

NBA ATTENDANCE THROUGH FEB. 14
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
%
CAP.
1-YR
% +/-
GMS
('11-12)
2-YR
% +/-
GMS
('10-11)
Bulls
27
586,875
21,736
103.9%
-0.6%
11
-1.9%
33
Mavericks
25
499,206
19,968
104.0%
-1.3%
16
-1.8%
33
Heat
26
518,072
19,926
101.7%
0.2%
14
0.0%
33
Trail Blazers
25
492,688
19,708
98.6%
-3.8%
15
-3.8%
33
Warriors
23
441,592
19,200
98.0%
2.4%
16
1.8%
33
Clippers
26
498,997
19,192
100.7%
-0.5%
13
-0.1%
33
Knicks*
27
513,891
19,033
100.0%
-3.7%
14
-3.7%
33
Lakers
27
512,919
18,997
100.0%
0.0%
14
0.0%
33
Jazz
26
489,106
18,812
94.5%
-3.2%
16
-2.6%
33
Celtics
29
540,096
18,624
100.0%
0.0%
18
0.0%
33
Spurs
24
441,661
18,403
99.0%
1.4%
14
0.0%
33
Thunder
26
473,278
18,203
100.0%
0.0%
11
0.0%
33
Raptors
27
487,474
18,055
91.2%
7.3%
13
7.2%
33
Magic
28
497,752
17,777
93.5%
-5.8%
16
-5.9%
33
Nuggets
25
429,868
17,195
89.8%
2.6%
15
1.0%
33
Nets**
29
495,600
17,090
96.4%
23.0%
13
22.4%
33
T'Wolves
25
414,798
16,592
85.7%
-3.0%
17
-5.1%
33
Grizzlies
29
475,348
16,391
90.5%
9.5%
15
4.3%
33
76ers
29
471,454
16,257
80.0%
1.1%
18
-7.1%
33
Rockets
26
421,995
16,231
90.1%
17.4%
13
5.6%
33
Cavaliers
25
398,619
15,945
77.5%
-0.5%
12
0.1%
33
Wizards
25
396,958
15,878
78.3%
-2.1%
16
-5.1%
33
Bobcats
26
404,275
15,549
81.5%
-9.0%
13
5.4%
33
Suns
25
376,433
15,057
81.7%
-1.2%
12
-3.5%
33
Hawks
26
383,649
14,756
80.9%
-2.9%
14
-2.9%
33
Pacers
26
375,269
14,433
79.5%
-0.6%
11
1.9%
33
Bucks
26
374,654
14,410
77.0%
-4.2%
13
-2.1%
33
Pistons***
30
418,128
13,938
63.5%
9.5%
16
-3.3%
33
Hornets
24
322,549
13,440
78.2%
-6.0%
17
-11.1%
33
Kings
26
348,857
13,418
77.5%
-10.1%
12
-7.5%
33
NBA TOTALS
788
13,502,061
17,135
89.6%
0.0%
428
-0.8%
990
                 

NOTES: NBA teams last season played a 66-game schedule that began in late December, compared to this season, with teams playing the traditional 82-game schedule that began in late October. * = With the ongoing renovation of MSG, capacity for Knicks games is now 19,033, down from the previous capacity of 19,763. ** = The Nets are playing in Barclays Center this season, having relocated from Prudential Center. *** = Includes a designated Pistons home game played at O2 Arena in London against the Knicks in January.

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