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2016 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals start tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. It’s not surprising that these two teams made the Finals again because throughout the season, they’ve been the best.

It’s a rematch between last season’s Conference Champions, and with two fully healthy teams, it’s sure to be quite a show. The Playoffs have been fairly uneventful in the Eastern Conference, however the Western Conference has been more of a battle.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have had three Finals appearances, but have never won a championship. 

This isn’t LeBron’s first rodeo. He’s had his fair share of Finals appearances and knows just how tough the Golden State Warriors are. Last season, the team was plagued with key injuries and LeBron single-handedly carried his team to the Finals, but it wasn’t enough to close out the series.

Now his team is fully healthy and well-rested, they are ready to fight for a ring. No team has given Cleveland any sort of challenge during the Playoffs as of yet and they’ve been coasting through the post-season.

Tickets for games 3 and 4 in Cleveland are starting at $378 and $519 respectively. It is important to note that these are very likely to change based on the outcomes of the first two games.

Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors could not have asked for a better season. Despite Curry suffering an ankle injury earlier in the Playoffs, the team still managed to overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder after being down three games and make it to the Finals for the second time in a row.

Steph Curry has had a phenomenal record-breaking season, and what better way to cap that off than with  back-to-back championships. He was the first player ever to receive a unanimous MVP award. His team also broke the record for the best regular season record with 73-9.

Some of Curry’s career achievements include:

  • 3x All Star
  • NBA scoring leader
  • 4x NBA three-point field goals leader
  • 3x NBA free-throw percentage leader
  • NBA steals leader
  • NBA regular season record for made three-pointers (402)
  • NBA record for most consecutive regular season games with a made three-pointer (152)
  • NBA record for most consecutive playoff games with a made three-pointer (51)
  • NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game (12 – tied with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall)

The Warriors had their pre-sale for Game 1 yesterday afternoon and even their face value tickets were $500. This is a perfect example of what I talked about in my previous post on Oracle Arena pricing because tickets for Game 1 dropped from $610 to $448 in just 24 hours. 

Game 1 starts at 9:00pm EST on ABC, and it’s a game you won’t want to miss!

Here is the rest of the NBA Finals schedule with current estimated lowest prices according to SeatGeek (times are EST):
Game 1: June 2nd, 9:00pm – Oracle Arena ($448)

Game 2: June 5th, 5:00pm – Oracle Arena ($614)

Game 3: June 8th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($378)

Game 4: June 10th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($519)

*Game 5: June 13th, 6:00pm – Oracle Arena ($882)

*Game 6: June 16th, 9:00pm – Quicken Loans Arena ($741)

*Game 7: June 19th, 5:00pm – Oracle Arena ($1,285)

*if necessary

All games will be aired on ABC.

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Oracle Arena Ticket Pricing

This isn’t an arena review because I’ve never actually been to Oracle, but I do have some insight about how their ticket pricing works.

If your goal is to maximize profits from brokering, I would seriously avoid any event at Oracle Arena. I know you may be thinking, the Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA and are breaking records all around, why wouldn’t I want a piece of that?

I’ll tell you why. Oracle Arena and the Golden State Warriors are well aware that their on-court success is attracting more and more brokers and scalpers. There was recent news that the Warriors are strategically charging brokers twice as much for their tickets as everyone else. This is an issue because then those brokers will have to sell more tickets at higher prices to finance their original purchase.

When they have special “presales,” this is usually their way of getting rid of the crappy seats first at a very high price, knowing that people will buy them up without even thinking. For the first home game of the Western Conference Semifinals, the cheapest tickets were $230 during the presale. Then the day of the game, they lowered their prices to $170 for the same seats. I watched the regression of the resale ticket prices in the last three hours before the game, and they dropped 80% in that time.

This pricing strategy might eventually deter both brokers and fans because although the higher prices are justified for such a successful team, at what point to you price out everyone?

Another great example of this is the upcoming summer USA Men’s Basketball Showcase. This showcase features the best American basketball players (aka the best in the world) facing off in exhibition games against other countries. With the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics coming, this gives American fans a chance to see these players compete together. It is essentially an All-Star game. The showcase is happening in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and Houston.

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An event like this only happens once every four years or so, and it is great for those who don’t want to pay thousands to see these same players during All-Star Weekend. I purchased a set of tickets from two different venues, Staples Center (Los Angeles) and Oracle Arena (Oakland). Both of these games are happening in the same week in July, on a weekday, and against the same opponent (China). However, the prices for these events were very different. The cheapest tickets for this event at the Staples Center were $65 while at Oracle, the cheapest tickets were $95. 

How is this price justified? The same players are playing at both venues, so there is no difference in super-star value. The event is also not tied to the Warriors or the NBA because USA Basketball is its own national governing body. This all comes back to Oracle’s pricing model and attempt to deter brokers. In the future, I will avoid Oracle Arena event tickets, unless I actually plan on attending.

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2016 Playoff Push – West

With less than one week left of the NBA regular season, playoff spots are starting to be finalized. Compared to the Eastern Conference, the West is a much tighter race. Here’s what the playoff seeding in the Western Conference looks like so far:

  1. Golden State Warriors* (70-9)
  2. San Antonio Spurs* (65-14)
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder* (54-25)
  4. Los Angeles Clippers* (51-28)
  5. Portland Trail Blazers* (43-37)
  6. Memphis Grizzlies* (42-37)
  7. Dallas Mavericks (41-38)
  8. Utah Jazz (39-40)

  9. Houston Rockets (38-41)

*=clinched

The Houston Rockets can potentially make the playoffs if they win the rest of their games, so there is still some hope for them.

 Golden State Warriors

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The Warriors (70-9)  are three games away from beating the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls record of (72-10). They are on track to capping off their historic season with the new record and cannot lose any of their remaining three games if they hope to do so. Their last three games are against Memphis (twice) and one more vs San Antonio. However despite being so close to breaking it, head coach Steve Kerr is said to not be focused on that, and will instead be resting his best players before the playoffs.

Golden State has already secured the top seed along with home-court advantage for the first two games and will most likely be playing Utah in the first round, unless Houston can find a way to make the playoffs and take the 8th seed.

Los Angeles Clippers

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The Clippers are notorious for making the playoffs, but never advancing past the Western Conference Finals. Blake Griffin was out for 45 games after being suspended for punching a team equipment manager and then breaking his shooting hand. The suspension was for five games without pay, which began when Griffin was cleared to play and was considered active.

According to ESPN.com, Griffin will lose $859,442 from his season salary of $18,907,725. The Clippers will donate Griffin’s salary from the five games to charities that help disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles, and Griffin will also be donating his time to the organizations.

Here’s the video for his press conference where he addresses the 45-game hiatus.

Griffin’s absence was a significant hit for the Clippers because he is still very rusty since returning and this is a crucial time for the team as the playoffs get closer.

Los Angeles Lakers

Now I know that the Lakers are nowhere near playoff contention (16-63), but I thought it was worth talking about Kobe Bryant’s last game. Currently, the cheapest ticket for Kobe’s last game on April 13th vs Utah at the Staples Center is $806 according to SeatGeek. 

And if you thought that was absurd, check out the newest items in the Kobe Bryant 24 Collection on NBAStore.com.

Los Angeles Lakers Limited Edition Kobe Bryant 18 Karat Gold Fitted Cap
Los Angeles Lakers Limited Edition Kobe Bryant 18 Karat Gold Fitted Cap – $38,248.08

There are only two of these hats left of the eight total that were produced. Also this price is almost equivalent to my college tuition. The saddest part about this is that people are actually buying these things.

Check out my post about the Eastern Conference if you haven’t seen it. For more updates and news about ticket prices, follow my blog and never miss a post! I’ll also be posting about playoff tickets soon. Got questions? Email me courtsidebroker@gmail.com and I might make a post about it!