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The NBA Playoffs feature round after round of challenges, with all roads leading to the NBA Finals. After surviving all of the adversity to get to the Finals, that one final series represents the toughest test yet, as conference champions square off for the right to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy. This series has turned players into legends, and legends into immortals, making the NBA Finals the pinnacle of the basketball universe.
NBA Finals Format
Originally contested in 1947, the NBA Finals has been around for a long time. At first, the Finals took the winner of a series between the top teams in the Eastern and Western divisions of the league and the winner of a bracket featuring the third place through sixth place teams in the sport. That format did not last long, as the Finals eventually became a battle between the teams that won the Eastern and Western division playoff brackets.
That East versus West format is still in play today, with the winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals squaring off for the title. Once the finalists are determined, they play in a best-of-seven game series, with four wins being required to claim the championship.
NBA Finals Location
Where the NBA Finals are located depends on which two teams make it to the championship series. The team with the better record heading into the Finals is given home court advantage for the series. This is important, as the team with home court advantage gets to host the first two games of the series, as well as games five and seven.
Memorable NBA Finals Moments
NBA Finals history is filled with memorable moments, which is part of what makes the series such a legacy-defining event. Of course, it is difficult to mention greatness in the NBA Finals without mentioning Michael Jordan, thought by many to be the greatest player in league history. Jordan averaged over 33 points per game in his Finals career, in which he won six titles in six Finals appearances with the Chicago Bulls. Over that span, his teams never even had to play an elimination game.
Los Angeles saw a similar run of dominance in the early 2000s, as the Lakers ran off three straight titles from 2000 to 2002, with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal combining to make the Lakers a near-unstoppable force in their prime. Bryant and O'Neal were an ideal combination, as Bryant's ability to score from the perimeter and get to the basket forced defenders out of the paint, giving O'Neal more room to physically dominate his opponents inside.
Of course, the ability for role players to become legends is also a trademark of the NBA Finals, as the shot-making ability of players like Derek Fisher and Robert Horry has turned journeymen into historical figures in the NBA.
Frequently Asked Questions About NBA Finals Tickets
What are the NBA Finals?
The NBA Finals is the annual championship series for the NBA. The Eastern and Western conference championships play a best-of-seven series to determine the league champion.
How much are NBA Finals tickets?
NBA Finals tickets on the secondary market can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, NBA Finals tickets can be found for as low as $250, with an average price of $1,200.
How to get cheap NBA Finals tickets?
If you’re looking for cheap NBA Finals tickets, tickets can be found for as low as $250. Additionally, once you click on your preferred event date, use the “sort by price” button located in the top left hand corner of the event page to sort all available NBA Finals tickets by cheapest tickets available.
When are the NBA Finals?
The 2020 NBA Finals will start June 4, 2020.
How to buy NBA Finals tickets
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