As Game 3 looms in three different series of the 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals on Wednesday, it is a good time to remember that even if the matchups for the semifinals are not decided yet, home-court advantage certainly has been.
That's because not only in the quarterfinals, but going forward into the semis and the finals, home-court advantage in each best-of-three series is decided by how teams did in their last group stage, the Top 16.
As it happens, the only unbeaten team in the Top 16 – Valencia Basket – is also the sole unbeaten team in the quarterfinals. After that it gets tricky.
Valencia will play the winner between UNICS Kazan and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, hosting Game 1 and, if necessary, Game 3. That means that UNICS, should it become Valencia's opponent, will not have home-court advantage in the semis.
However, if it advances and defeats Valencia in the semis, UNICS will indeed have the advantage in the finals as the second-ranked team from the Top 16.
On the other side of the bracket, three teams were tied with 5-1 records after the Top 16, but ALBA Berlin would host in the semifinals by virtue of being 2 points better in margin-of-difference, the first tiebreaker from the last group stage, over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, should they both advance.
If neither ALBA nor ASVEL wins on Wednesday, then MoraBanc Andorra would have the home-court advantage in a semifinal with Unicaja Malaga. In that singular case, it might not be such an advantage, however.
Should Unicaja survive, it will mark its fourth playoff series consecutively – including three on the way to the 2017 EuroCup title – that the club has won without benefit of home-court advantage.