NBA 2014 News and Updates
3/4/14 - The Indiana Pacers may be holding the Heat off the top in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James put up historic numbers against the Bobcats in his career-high 61-point game on Monday, giving the franchise its latest scoring record. James, and his less frightening clear facemask, is looking resolute in his quest for a three-peat. After Monday's performance, as amazing as Kevin Durant's January was, it's clear that James won't go down so easy in the fight for MVP. Behind the one and two teams in the East is a trench war between the Raptors, Bulls and Wizards, while the race in the Western Conference is tighter: Nos. 1-2 OKC and San Antonio are separated by two games up top, followed by a close Portland, LA, and Houston.
2/28/14 - The NBA All-Star break and festivities are over and the hot topic has been player movement. Trades, waivers and buyouts for some high profile players went down as Danny Granger was traded by Indiana to Philadelphia and then negotiated his buyout and landed in LA with the Clippers, along with Big Baby Davis who bolted from Orlando. The other big name was veteran forward Caron Butler who bought out of Milwaukee and is reportedly headed for Oklahoma City, spurning the opportunity to return to Miami and the Heat who drafted him in 2002. In the East, Indiana is barely holding off Miami for top-seed and both are comfortable in knowing they will finish 1-2. After that only a few games separate #3 from #8 with Detroit on the outside looking in. In the West, OKC continues to hold the top spot but it’s tight all the way down to #5 seed Houston and then #6-8 will be a battle between Dallas, Golden State, Phoenix and Memphis. Hot games in early March include: Golden State at Indiana on March 4th in a battle of young upstarts, a Finals rematch of Miami at San Antonio on March 6th, Indiana at Houston on March 7th and Houston at Miami on March 16th. The MVP race has heated up as Kevin Durant had been the favorite, especially with an impressive January, but LeBron James has let it be known that the race isn’t over and the MVP trophy will have to be wrestled away from him after a very impressive last few weeks! Even a broken nose and the baddest face-mask ever worn in the NBA can’t stop him.
2/19/14 - What an All-Star weekend! After losing to the West in the last three games, the East finally rallied to defeat their counterparts, coming back from an 18-point deficit for a 163-155 finish in front of a star-studded crowd. Some notable players from the weekend were Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant (38 points apiece), Damian Lillard, Chris Bosch, John Wall (and his dunks), and Marco Belinelli, but let's see how the pros fare as the NBA gets back to business. Coming out of the All-Star break, OKC is the undisputed #1 team, since the Pacers lost their footing before the weekend: allowing their three-game winning streak to be snapped by the Cavaliers.
The most popular games for the second half of the season (pre All-Star break) were the Bulls-Knicks (get-in for $85 on 4/13), Heat-Thunder (get-in for $142 on 2/20) and Knicks-Heat (get-in for $89 on 4/6). Keep an eye on the Knicks as they try to secure the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, currently 2.5 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats. With poor playoff showings in previous years, will the Clippers be able to keep up with OKC or San Antonio if they make it this time around? Who will be moved before tomorrow's Trade Deadline? Will the Pacers dethrone the Heat? Get your NBA tickets today and find out!
Heading into 2014 NBA All-Star break, two small market teams—Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder—lead the Eastern Conference and Western Conference respectively. In what could be a preview of this year's NBA Finals matchup, Oklahoma City travels to Indiana on 4/13; cheap tickets start at $24. Although the Pacers average only 99 points per game (20th), its defense leads the NBA in opponent's points per game and field goal percentage. OKC has more balance, however, ranking in the top 5 for most key offensive and defensive stats. Kevin Durant of the Thunder, who lead's the league in points per game (31.2), remains many experts MVP pick.
Looking ahead to the start of second half of the season, NBA ticket prices average $135, with the New York Knicks ($558), Miami Heat ($270), and Los Angeles Lakers ($200) having the highest demand at home. At $135, the average NBA ticket's 20% less than at the start of the season. On the road, the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets, and Pacers all average 35% or more per ticket above the League average. Based on average ticket price, Bulls at Knicks on 4/13, Heat at Thunder on 2/20, and Knicks at Heat on 4/6 are the three games with the highest demand in the second half of the NBA season.
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