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Houston lags behind San Antonio and Dallas on list of best cities for basketball fans

Houston trails San Antonio on list of best cities for basketball fans

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Seems like the Spurs have had the Rockets' number lately. San Antonio Spurs/Facebook

A few weeks after the Spurs bumped the Houston Rockets out of the NBA playoffs, San Antonio has scored again. WalletHub just ranked the Alamo City as the No. 4 best place in the nation for basketball fans while Houston lags behind.

The financial website analyzed the largest U.S. cities based on a host of factors, including the number of NBA and NCAA Division 1 teams and their performance level, fan engagement, and more.

Houston ranks No. 18 out of the 293 cities surveyed. The Rockets stellar season-long performance came in fourth among all NBA teams, according to the survey, but the overall ranking was dragged down by NBA attendance (No. 14) and NBA fan engagement (No. 24).  Add in the poor performance of Houston college basketball teams (No. 192 in performance level among all NCAA Division 1 teams and No. 276 in college basketball stadium capacity), and it's surprising Houston doesn't rank lower in the overall survey.

San Antonio slipped one spot from last year, but basketball fans there have a lot to be proud of. The Spurs have the second highest performance level among all NBA teams, winning 74.8 percent of their games over the last three seasons. Additionally, the franchise is worth a whopping $1.18 billion, the 10th most valuable in the league.

Even more impressive? WalletHub declares the Spurs the most popular team in the nation.

San Antonio doesn't score so hot on the college court, due to the poor performance level of the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners and the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

On the overall list, Los Angeles (home to the Lakers, Clippers, and three Division 1 college teams) takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Boston at No. 2 and Oakland at No. 3. Dallas slides in at No. 11.