After a close, hard-fought opening quarter, the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Cleveland Cavaliers for a decisive 113-91 victory in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals on Thursday night. The blowout marked Golden State’s 13th straight win in the playoffs and their fans are now dreaming of a 16-0 postseason run, which would be the best in league history.
If Warriors fans want to be there to see a potential sweep in person, they will have to travel to Cleveland for games 3 and 4, scheduled for Wed. June 7 and Fri. June 9, respectively. And as surprising as it sounds, it might be cheaper to visit the 216 than stick around Oakland for Game 2 on Sunday night.
According to The Daily Beast, two days before the Finals started there was, “$8 million worth of tickets available for sale to the games in Cleveland, an increase of 82% from last year.” Some of that inventory is available on Flash Seats, the official electronic ticketing partner of the Cavaliers. Following the Warriors’ big win, prices have already dipped slightly for games 3 and 4 on the fan-to-fan exchange, with the cheapest ask for Game 3 currently at $270. Game 4 tickets are slightly higher, with the lowest ask presently at $315.
Compare those prices to Game 2 in Oakland, where the average Finals ticket will set you back $2,098, according to MarketWatch. Even if you were to drop $500 on tickets for games 3 and 4, the all-in cost of a three-day trip to Cleveland would still be cheaper than just one average-priced ticket to see the Dubs at Oracle Arena.
Still, if last year’s Finals taught us anything, it’s that no series lead is safe when these two teams play. If Cleveland turns things around and steals Game 2 in Oakland, the Cavs are actually in great shape for the series. But if you’re feeling confident about the Warriors (and with the way Kevin Durant played last night, why wouldn’t you?), now is the time to buy official Finals tickets to games 3 and 4 through Flash Seats. After all, as last night’s game showed, things can change in a hurry.
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