(3/19) Top Upcoming NBA Games

This upcoming week features a few key matchups starting with tonight’s rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. This is without a doubt the most expensive game of the week and both of these teams are undefeated at home. They are also the top two teams with the best records in the NBA. Resale tickets for this game start at $270 if you plan on going to the AT&T Center. 

Here are some other upcoming price reports:

3/21 – Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat

Now this one is surprising. Normally LeBron’s return to Miami/matchup with Dwyane Wade is highly anticipated, yet the ticket prices start at just $100. This may seem like a lot, but when you consider that this is a game full of top superstars, it’s actually a decent value. Miami is currently fighting it’s way up the Eastern Conference Playoff seeding and for now, the Cavaliers are sitting pretty at the top seed. If you do want tickets to this game however, I would act fast because the price went up by 10% as I was writing this.

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Lakers (aka Kobe Bryant tickets)

I don’t even like to call them Lakers tickets anymore, because they are honestly just Kobe Bryant tickets. They will consistently have some of the most expensive tickets in the NBA until the end of the season. The average LOWEST ticket price for the “Lakers'” next four games both home and away is $144. Granted three of the four games are at the Staples Center, the prices still aren’t very justifiable.

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To put into perspective how ridiculous these prices are, here are the teams Kobe will play this week: Phoenix Suns (TWICE), Denver Nuggets, and Memphis Grizzlies. I guess that doesn’t matter though, since no one cares who wins these games anyway. At least Memphis is a playoff contender.

Golden State Warriors

Now I know I already talked about a Warriors game, but they still have other top games (as far as price) for the upcoming week. The average LOWEST price for Warriors tickets both home and away for this week is $188! This is only $44 more than the Lakers ticket average, but at least the Warriors are the best team in the league, so there’s some justification for that. This week the Warriors will play the Dallas Mavericks twice, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs away, and the Clippers at home.

3/23 Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers

Besides the Spurs, the Clippers are another key game for the Warriors. This matchup always makes for a great rivalry that usually involves a few technicals here and there. However, the Warriors have nothing to worry about since they’re already set until the playoffs.

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Cheapest/Best Value

By far, the cheapest game of the week is taking place in Indianapolis. Tickets for the Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia Sixers game start at just $3! They are practically giving away tickets for this game, but realistically, no one wants to see a 7th seed team play the absolute worst team in the NBA. These prices are not much of a surprise, but they should still pay people for the transportation to the game and provide free food vouchers.

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76ers Arena Experience

So I decided to start reviewing the arenas that I visit in order to give those who have never been to a game a better idea of the experience and what to expect.

I went to Philadelphia last night for a Sixers Networking Event. The event also included tickets to the game vs Houston. This was my first time at the Wells Fargo Center and considering the Sixers are the worst team in the NBA, I wanted to see how they kept the fans engaged. I’ve broken down my main observations.

Location

The arena is located in the heart of all Philadelphia sports. The Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles) and Citizens Bank Park (Phillies) all shared the same parking lot as the Wells Fargo Center (Sixers/Flyers). This is awesome if you’re a Philadelphia sports fan because you can see all of your teams in one place.

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Food

Obviously most arena food is ridiculously overpriced and the Wells Fargo Center was no exception. However, what I did like was that they had a map with all of the food options and locations, making it easier for everyone to find what they want instead of wandering aimlessly. In addition, they have a gluten free stand for those who need it.

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Arena Features

I thought this was a really cool feature from StubHub.

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You can make your own commemorative tickets with a photo booth right in the arena! This makes for a nice personalized souvenir.
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In-Game Entertainment

The Sixers’ entertainment was nothing spectacular or unique from what other teams do. The dancers danced and shot t-shirts at every section except mine (as per usual), and they had a dunk team and mascot.

What did stand out though was Allen Iverson’s appearance. After the Sixers’ starting lineup was announced, they added the Georgetown guard’s name at the end as if he was about to step out on the court, and the crowd went wild.

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Recommendations 

I would recommend buying your tickets online through resale because those will likely be cheaper than what you will get at the box office, however the box office is still a popular choice. Parking for the arena was $20, which isn’t as absurd as other arenas I’ve gone to.

Another thing I noted was that since the Sixers are very affordable as far as NBA games go, it attracts a lot more families and children. I think there were more children than adults sitting in my section. It’s nice that the low price provides an inexpensive way for families to enjoy professional sports. Of course, the price is always based on their opponent, so some games will be cheaper than others.

Final Thoughts

Despite their lack of success on the court, the fans in the arena were still loud and supportive of their team. These are some of the most dedicated fans in sports and even though the game was no where near sold out, the few that were in attendance made their presence known. As a sports fan, I have to appreciate that kind of commitment to a team that has not seen the playoffs in four years.

As far as the game itself… the Rockets beat the Sixers 118-104, however the Sixers dunked on Houston more times than I can remember, so there’s that.