Success at home in close games against the Chicago Bulls was key to the Philadelphia 76ers ousting the Eastern Conference's top seed in last season's playoffs.
Their recent surge at Wells Fargo Center seems rather similar.
The 76ers will be looking to make things a bit easier on themselves as they go for their eighth win in 10 home games Wednesday night against the Bulls.
Philadelphia (12-9) eliminated Chicago (11-9) in six games during the opening round of the playoffs last spring, winning all three home meetings by an average of 4.3 points.
They've won seven of nine overall meetings when hosting the Bulls, holding an advantage of only 2.5 points per game in that stretch.
The margin for error has been even tighter for Philadelphia during a 7-2 run at home in which it's outscored opponents by an average of 1.1 points.
"It's nice that our guys are finding ways to win those close games because if not, we could be in real trouble with our record," coach Doug Collins said.