Spurs Look to Repeat as NBA Champions

Kawhi Leonard
The San Antonio Spurs will begin their title defense on October 28th when they host the Dallas Mavericks.  The home opener is the most in-demand game on the Spurs schedule this season, as the average ticket price is currently $348 on the secondary market.  That is quite a premium for Spurs tickets as the average price for the entire season is just $115.

Below is a breakdown of the most in-demand games on the Spurs 2014-15 schedule, based on the average price of tickets on the secondary market:

October 28, 2014 vs. Dallas Mavericks | Average Ticket Price = $348 | Get-In Ticket Price = $146

The home opener will be a treat for all fans as the Spurs raise another banner to the rafters.  Throw in a matchup against the team that gave them the most difficult time during last year’s postseason run, and fans can expect an entertaining evening.  Dallas has retooled its lineup this offseason with the acquisition of former Rockets forward Chandler Parsons so expect a tight contest.

March 12, 2015 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Average Ticket Price = $297 | Get-In Ticket Price = $77

The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat last year in the Finals, but they won’t get to face the team’s MVP until March 12th.  That’s because LeBron James has returned to Cleveland to try and bring home a title for the Cavaliers.  Spurs vs. Cavs tickets have an average price just under $300, but the get-in price is a much more manageable $77.

December 25, 2014 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price = $202 | Get-In Ticket Price = $41

The Christmas Day game against the Oklahoma City Thunder is the third most in-demand game on the list, though this could drastically change based on the health of superstar Kevin Durant. Durant recently had successful surgery on his right foot, according to the Seattle Times. He will be re-examined in six weeks which leads us to the beginning of December.  Knowing Durant’s freak athleticism, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him suit up within the six week time frame, but if he were to miss this game, expect ticket prices to drop.

December 12, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Average Ticket Price = $195 | Get-In Ticket Price = $35

The Lakers of the early 2000’s are not walking through the ATT Center doors anytime soon, but they are still one of the biggest draws in the NBA.  Kobe Bryant will look to return the Lakers to the postseason and a win early in the season against the Spurs would prove LA is for real.

March 25, 2015 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price = $183 | Get-In Ticket Price = $36

The Thunder’s final visit to San Antonio is cheaper than the Christmas Day game and Durant should be back for this meeting, pending another injury or an unforeseen continued difficulty with his foot.  With just a few weeks to go before the postseason, this late March matchup could be another preview of the 2015 Western Conference Finals.