NBA 2014 News and Updates
4/15/14- There is just one mor day until the 2013-2014 NBA regular season is officially in the books and playoffs start! All 16 teams that will compete in the postseason are already locked in, but must wait until the season closes to find out their seeding. The Memphis Grizzlies took down the Phoenix Suns on Monday, dashing their hopes at making it into the playoffs, while the Heat fell to Wizards and sacrificed the top-seed to Indiana. The Pacers are now set against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of Eastern Conference play, and the Spurs are pitted against the Grizzlies for the Western Conference. On the other side of the league, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the worst record in the NBA as of Monday night when they fell to the Raptors—get ready for that number one draft pick, Bucks fans! Score some highly sought-after NBA playoffs tickets and see the best matchups of the year take place!
4/8/14 - We're in the home stretch of the regular season, with just a little over one week left of NBA games before playoffs (final day 4/16). We've known for a while who the top dogs are: the Miami Heat are in sole possession of the No.1 seed in the East, on the back of the Pacers' continued struggles, while the West is owned by the San Antonio Spurs, who just succeeded in a franchise-record 19-game winning streak. The OKC Thunder (Kevin Durant broke Michael Jordan's 25 ppg streak Sunday night) is one game ahead of the Clippers for the No. 2 seed. After Monday's break (congratulations UConn), those on the brink for a postseason run are Atlanta, Cleveland and the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference; Dallas, Phoenix and Memphis are duking it out in the West. Barring an utter disaster, Houston, Portland and Golden State have yet to clinch, but are liable playoff contenders. The final sprint towards postseason has taken off, get your NBA ticket for this last week and witness some intense pre-playoff action!
3/31/14 - History is being made on both ends of streaks in the NBA. The Spurs keep rolling with a franchise tying 17-game winning streak and the 76ers finally snapped a 26-game losing streak with a win over the Pistons. Of any year the 76ers decided to rebuild this would be it. With one of the most talented draft classes coming out of college, a lottery pick this year could prove to be extremely valuable for teams moving forward. Likely first rounders who everyone is watching entering the NBA draft include Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, and Dante Exum. As the regular season comes closer to a close, the durability of teams start to show: the Golden State Warriors have both crucial big men in Andrew Bogut (pelvis) and David Lee (hamstring) benched due to injuries. This comes at a critical point, as they have not yet secured a playoff spot. There is less than a month left of regular season play, get your NBA tickets now!
3/25/14 - With less than a month left of regular season, the NBA playoff race is coming to a head. The Miami Heat are sending their fans into a tizzy, having lost seven of the last 11 games and not playing like a top team in the East at all. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have expressed they're tired of all the "excuses" and are looking for a sharp turnaround to enter the postseason on a high note. The Pacers, too, are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and their offensive cracks are as gaping as ever. These two teams will meet on Wednesday for the first time since splitting a pair of games back in December: tickets start at $67 in Indianapolis. In the West, the road to the playoffs is another story. The one through nine seeds essentially represent the best teams league-wide (aside from the East's two frontrunners) and competition is fiercer than before this March. If the playoffs commenced today, the Suns would be out—but the Mavericks and Grizzlies may just as well fall through by the regular season's end. Things are heating up in the final few weeks of play, get in on the action and score you NBA tickets with Razorgator today!
3/17/14 - With a month of the regular season left, NBA crunch time has officially commenced. Will your team crumble or thrive under the pressure? We've seen some long win-streaks: the San Antonio Spurs have won 10 consecutive games (five on the road), and the Clippers are one ahead with 11 straight. The Grizzlies, Nets and Bulls are making convincing playoff pushes, while the Trail Blazers, Pacers and Suns are suffering some skids. Kevin Durant is now 14 games away of tying Michael Jordan's 40-game streak of at least 25 points. The Cavaliers will take on both Durant and LeBron James this weekend, so fans can get a taste of the MVP race in back-to-back games in Cleveland (Miami Heat 3/18, OKC Thunder 3/20). If your team is left out of the playoff running, don't fret: March is certainly heating up, with the NCAA Tournaments thrusting future NBA hopefuls onto a national stage before the upcoming draft (June 26)!
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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