Another week in the NBA has passed, and that means another week of riveting playoff-ready action. Teams are starting to establish themselves as playoff contenders or playoff pretenders. Also, teams are starting to fight to stay out of the lottery and to net those final 7th and 8th seeds in the NBA. Some of the top teams have already secured playoff positions, but there are a lot of seeds yet to be clinched. Here are the top-three most expensive games in the NBA this week, according to SeatSmart.
03/18/2015 Atlanta Hawks @ Golden State Warriors | Average Price: $469.80 | Get-in Price: $65.00
In what figures to be a potential NBA Finals preview, the Atlanta Hawks travel to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. This matchup features the top teams in both conferences, and two of the premier point guards in the association. Jeff Teague will take his talents against the incomparable Stephen Curry, who looks to be an MVP candidate this season. Curry is averaging 23.6 points and 7.8 assists per game, while shooting 42.2 percent beyond the arc. Teague leads a much more balanced attack, as he is averaging 16.5 points per game. Golden State has the advantage in the backcourt, but Atlanta features two big men that will wreak havoc on Golden State’s big men. Al Horford and Paul Millsap have been one of the best combinations in the NBA so far this season. They will pose a challenge for Golden State, as the Warriors rank 7th in overall rebounding. The average price for Hawks-Warriors tickets is $469.80 on the secondary market. Fans can still get into Oracle Arena for a low get-in price of $65.00. Due to the success of both teams, prices have increased by a sharp 30% in the past seven days.
Fans traveling from Atlanta can find parking in San Francisco and take the train to the game, or simply drive the entire trip to Oakland if they are staying on the east side of the bay.
03/22/15 San Antonio Spurs @ Atlanta Hawks | Average Price: $315.56 | Get-in Price: $52.00
The Atlanta Hawks are featured in the second most expensive game of the week, which will be played on their home floor in Atlanta. They welcome the defending NBA champion Spurs, who always play their best hoops toward the end of the season. The Spurs are currently third in the southwest division, and fifth in the overall western conference standings. These two teams play a similar brand of basketball, which involves distribution and high volume passing to create open shots. The intriguing battle will be between future hall-of-fame forward Tim Duncan and Al Horford. Both NBA veterans have established themselves in the league, and they are both low-post threats. According to SeatSmart, the average price for Spurs-Hawks tickets is $315.56 on the secondary market. To get into the arena, it will cost fans $52.00, although they can at least find discounted Atlanta parkingfrom ParkWhiz.com.
03/20/15 New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors | Average Price: $264.97 | Get-in Price: $25.00
The Golden State Warriors take the stage for their second home game on this list. This time they welcome in Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis has been one of the most electrifying players in the NBA so far this season, and has wreaked havoc on opposing defenses. Golden State is at a severe disadvantage when trying to defend Davis, as they don’t have a match for his speed and athleticism on the low block. Davis is coming off a near quadruple-double against the Denver Nuggets, and Golden State will be in for a tough matchup on Friday night. According to SeatSmart, the average price for Golden State Warriors tickets is $264.97 on the secondary market. It will only cost $25.00 to get into Oracle arena on Friday.