We will not see any fines handed out by the NBA to the San Antonio Spurs for sitting their stars this series. The NBA Finals teams will need their stars to align on the court for their chance to hold the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. It’ll be the first time that NBA fans will see these teams really compete this year on the court after the Spurs rested four in the first meeting of the regular season and the Heat were without three injured starters in the second. The veteran Spurs squad has had plenty of time to rest, finishing their series against Memphis last Monday. There is no rest for the weary (or injured) on the biggest stage that is the NBA Finals.
The Spurs are Western Conference Finals champions for the fifth time in franchise history. The title is the organizations first since 2007, the same year the Spurs went on to win their fourth NBA Championship. If history is to repeat itself, the Spurs will take the 2013 crown – each time San Antonio has secured a Western Conference title, they’ve gone on to win the NBA Finals (1993, 2003, 2005, and 2007).
The Heat are looking for their second consecutive Championship. After dominating the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami advanced to their third straight NBA Finals. The Big Three are finally playing well; ironically the stars aligned in front of David Beckham Monday night. And although they went 2-0 against the Spurs this year – it is hardly an indicator of what is to come. The Heat will have home-court advantage; more on the NBA Finals schedule and tickets below.
NBA Finals Tickets and Schedule
NBA Finals tickets on the secondary market are averaging $906, approximately twice the amount of the Eastern Conference Finals and three times the cost of Western Conference Finals tickets. The cheapest ticket listed is $208 online.
San Antonio Spurs tickets are 3-times (avg. $773) more expensive at AT&T Center than they were in the Western Conference Finals. Spurs tickets are as low as $208 for Home Game 1 (Game 3). Prices have gone up since the Spurs clinched a spot in the NBA Finals and Miami was decided as an opponent. With the 2-3-2 format, the Spurs will play Games 3, 4, and a potential 5 in San Antonio. Spurs NBA Finals tickets go on sale Thursday morning online.
Miami Heat tickets are averaging $244 more than Spurs Finals tickets for Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at American Airlines Arena. Eastern Conference Finals Heat tickets averaged about half the cost of NBA Finals tickets in Miami. Game 1 is the cheapest of the four home games, averaging $719. Miami Heat Tickets for Games 1 and 2 of NBA Finals vs. Spurs go on sale Tuesday at 2PM. Looking to buy or sell Heat tickets at the last minute? Miami fans can use GatorLocator at no cost, to buy or list their tickets.
|NBA Finals – Heat vs. Spurs Tickets||Get-in Price||Avg. Price|
|NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat – HG 1 – Game 1
June 6, 2013, 9:00PM
|NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat – HG 2 – Game 2
June 9, 2013, 8:00PM
|NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs – HG 1 – Game 3
June 11, 2013, 8:00PM
|NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs – HG 2 – Game 4
June 13, 2013, 7:00PM
|NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)
June 16, 2013, 7:00PM
|NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)
June 18, 2013, 9:00PM
|NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)
June 20, 2013, 9:00PM
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