The team that won the regular season series.
The team with the best regular season record gets the home court advantage in the finals.
Whoever has a better record. If that is the same they look at the head to head match-ups. If they both split in the regular season, than the go by each teams record against the opposite conference.
It has been found that the concept of a home team advantage rings pretty true in basketball. Statistics have shown that in the finals, teams win about 80% of the time when they are playing on their home court.
The Lakers have home court advantage during the 2010 NBA Finals because they had a better regular-season record than the Celtics. Los Angeles was 57-25; Boston was 50-32.
The team with the most regular season wins out of the two teams in the NBA finals will get home court advantage. They will play at home for games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, games 6 and 7. The other team will play three games in a row at home, being the home team in games 3, 4, and 5.
The format for the first round, West and East semi-finals, and West and East finals go like this: Game 1: Top Seed's Home Court Game 2: Top Seed's Home Court Game 3: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 4: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 5: Top Seed's Home Court Game 6: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 7: Top Seed's Home Court For the NBA finals, the format is this: Game 1: Top Seed's Home Court Game 2: Top Seed's Home Court Game 3: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 4: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 5: Lower Seed's Home Court Game 6: Top Seed's Home Court Game 7: Top Seed's Home Court
Whichever team held a better record during the regular season, holds home court advantage. Thus giving them home games 1, 2, 6, and 7.
For home court advantage for the NBA finals on the same year.
Orlando Magic get home court advantage due to better record
The top 8 teams of the Eastern Conference and the top 8 teams of the Western Conference will compete in a best of 7 series until the last 2 teams in each conference are left to battle for the conference finals. The two conference finals winners will now compete for the NBA finals. The team with the most number of wins in the regular season gains the home court advantage over the opposing team. In bracketing, the first seed battles the 8th seed; the 2nd seed battles the 7th seed; the 3rd seed battles the 6th seed and also goes with the 4th and 5th seed. The winners will advance to the 2nd round then the finals.