Wow! The Golden State Warriors record of 73-9 is quite an accomplishment, topping Jordan’s 96’ Bulls. There is one major difference between the two teams however -- the 1995-96’ Bulls were NBA Champions that season, a feat the Warriors have yet to reach in 2016. They still have a lot of work to do if they want to be in the "greatest of all time" conversation but Warriors fans clearly believe in the team.
Golden State fans are undoubtedly buying in. The average resale price (ARP) for home game tickets are selling at $603, with away games in Houston selling at an ARP of $430 (second most expensive ticket), according to Ticket Liquidator. In other words, Warriors fans are paying $355 more on average to see their team play at home compared to the rest of the league. That's 59% higher than Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, the next most expensive home game ticket. Even though it’ll cost a pretty penny to see Steph Curry in the playoffs, it’s a testament to Warriors fans commitment to the team this year.
The Memphis Grizzlies home games against the San Antonio Spurs are the least expensive ticket, currently selling at an ARP of $168. When the Spurs are home against the Grizzlies the ARP jumps to $306 per ticket. The 82% increase is the largest difference of any playoff series when comparing home vs. away ARP.
To nobody’s surprise, Toronto Raptors’ home game ARP is very healthy. For the first time in more than 45 years, every Canadian team failed to reach the NHL playoffs. The NBA and MLB are reaping all the benefits in Hogtown. Raptors command the fourth highest home game ticket ARP and the MLB’s Blue Jays home game ARP has increased by 12% per ticket since the start of the season.
2016 NBA Playoffs Outlook
Remember the 2007 New England Patriots who went undefeated all the way to the Super Bowl, only to come up short against the New York Giants? We saw a team come within one game of being dubbed the greatest NFL team of all time. Today, the 2007 Pats season is just a distant memory.
The warriors still have a lot of work to do to avoid the same fate. The difference between the Warriors and Patriots is the NBA's best-of-seven series format vs. the NFL's sudden death format. The Warriors can afford to lose a few games along the way, unlike the Patriots who had to remain perfect. Going by the outcome of the Warriors regular season, It’s safe to say they have a little better odds than the Pats did in 07’ but they’ll have get through some tough tests along the way.
Who will give the Warriors the most trouble? The Warriors have no obvious weaknesses and when they do find match-up issues, they always seem to overcome them with 3-point shooting. You don’t win 73 games without some of the league’s best shooters. LeBron James and the Cavs are the only team from the East that stand a legitimate chance on paper, but the Warriors will most likley have to get past the Spurs first. The Spurs were overshadowed by the Warriors record setting season, only losing 15 games along the way. Tim Duncan is still playing at a high level and they have the youth and speed to make up for the aging players on the roster.