“I never thought I’d say this, but I’m very excited to go to Cleveland,” said Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah after their record-setting, series-clinching Game 6 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The series lasted longer than many predicted, as a 3-0 Bulls series lead was cut to a 3-2 series lead after Milwaukee surprisingly took Game 5 at the United Center. But the Bulls regained their form, winning by 54 points with the final score of 120-66.
Up next, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be tested against the Bulls, which promises to be the Eastern Conference’s most entertaining conference semifinal series.
According to ScoreBig.com, even though the Cavaliers may be favorites on the court, prices for tickets for Bulls games at the United Center are more than ticket prices for games at Quicken Loans Arena.
Games at Quicken Loans Arena:
Game 1: 5/4/2015 | Average Price: $224.76 | Get-in Price: $60
Game 2: 5/6/2015 | Average Price: $250.72 | Get-in Price: $68
Game 5: 5/12/2015 | Average Price: $303.45 | Get-in Price: $94
Game 7: 5/17/2015 | Average Price: $301.13 | Get-in Price: $114
Games at United Center:
Game 3: 5/8/2015 | Average Price: $464.80 | Get-in Price: $120
Game 4: 5/10/2015 | Average Price: $526.82 | Get-in Price: $116
Game 6: 5/14/2015 | Average Price: $572.27 | Get-in Price: $128
Every game scheduled at the United Center has a higher average ticket price and get-in price. One can argue the Cavaliers have one of the more modest playoff ticketing structure in the entire NBA, however. Get-in prices for Cavaliers tickets only exceed $100 one time and that is an ‘if necessary’ Game 7. Get-in prices for the United Center do not go below $115 for any of the three games scheduled.
Astronomical ticket prices aren’t a problem for the Cavaliers, but an injury to one of their top three players, not to mention a two-game suspension served to a key reserve, has left the team in a more fragile state than expected. After being tied up with Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a dislocated his shoulder, as he will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. It was Love’s first time in the playoffs in his six-year career after playing all of his previous seasons in Minnesota, and he averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in his first campaign with his new team.
Reserve J.R. Smith was issued a two-game suspension after hitting Boston’s Jae Crowder in the head. Since being acquired about midway through year around the trade deadline from the New York Knicks, he’s been one of Cleveland’s more valuable reserves.
The Cavaliers vs. Bulls series got a lot more interesting with Cleveland losing depth before the first tip.