Basketball is not just a sport for tall athletes. Everyone can enjoy watching two teams go to battle and show off their best offense and defense on the court. Amazing dunks, crazy 3-point shots and unbelievable turnovers are what fans can look forward to at any basketball game they attend. Basketball tickets are almost always available on ScoreBig since the playoff season finishes off late in the spring. Basketball fans do not have to wait long after that for the baseball schedule of their favorite team to come out. NBA regular season tickets as well as NBA playoffs tickets are available once the NBA schedule is released. Fans do not have to wait long after the post season to get tickets to see their favorite team fight for the trophy all over again. The Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks are just some of the great NBA teams all looking to prove they are the best, which makes for a basketball season of non-stop competition!
The 72nd NBA regular season kicked off on October 17, 2017 – bringing all the hype associated with the sport out on the court. With 30 teams participating this year and a total of 82 games expected to be played, this season promises to be as entertaining and enthralling as ever. It’s no wonder that tickets for the upcoming games are selling out quicker than you’d imagine.
Whether it is LeBron James you fancy, Kevin Durrant from the Warriors or Chris Paul from the Clippers, if your favorite player and your team is playing, there is never going to be a dull moment!
Let’s take a look at what you need to look forward to and what to expect from the upcoming games.
The Big Games to Look Out for in 2017-2018
This season kicked off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics meeting at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on the 17th of October, 2017. The Cavaliers beat the Celtics 102-99, in a game that kept fans on the edges of their seats.
Christmas games will be played on 25th December, 2017 and the 2018 NBA All-Star Game will unfold at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 18th February, 2018.
Let’s take a look at some of the matchups you can’t afford to miss this season:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers – 13th December 2017
Based on the current form, the Thunder will probably win this one, but what makes this game worth watching is Paul George’s Indiana homecoming. New Pacers guard, Victor Oladipo, who was a part of the trade for Paul, will also get a crack at his old team – making for a very intense game.
Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics – 15th December 2017
The Jazz will get a chance to face Gordon Hayward – the face of their franchise in the past. Emotions will run high during this game as Utah fans deal with their fury over the departure of the All-Star wing.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets – 15th December 2017
With plenty of star power at play in this Lone Star State rivalry, this game would be certainly one to watch out for.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks – 16th December 2017
This game would be interesting thanks to Carmelo Anthony – previous New York Knicks forward, now playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the reason behind the Knicks only postseason series win in this century, so his homecoming to NYC would be truly an interesting scenario on the court.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors – 25th December 2017
Not only is this the much-awaited Christmas Day game, but it is also the most compelling matchup of the season. With memorable Finals in both 2015 and 2016, the Warriors recently beat the Cavaliers in Spring, zooming past them, 4-1. Even though the Golden State would be the favorites to win, Cleveland Cavaliers are not to be underestimated.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics – 25th December 2017
In another Christmas Day matchup, one of the most recent NBA rivals will face off against each other. These two teams had the most entertaining series in the entire postseason, and the past bad blood is surely going to resurface in the Christmas Day game.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – 3rd January 2018
A chance to watch Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas guard each other - this game would be truly intense. The two star players were traded for each other in one of the interesting happenings over the summer.
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs – 1st April 2018
This late season game might be a highly impactful one for the final regular season standings. It will be the most important matchup for both sides as they head towards the postseason.
Top NBA Players to Watch
Top NBA players are all prepared to make this basketball season a memorable one for their fans. Let’s take a look at the top five:
LeBron James: Ranking at No. 1 on Sports Illustrated’s list for the top 25 NBA Players of 2017, LeBron James is currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has won three NBA Championships, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, an NBA scoring title, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. The accomplished player truly deserves the top spot.
Kevin Durant: The Golden States Warriors player has won one NBA Championship, four NBA scoring titles, the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award and two Olympic Gold Medals among other honors. The small forward has been selected to eight NBA All-Star teams and is classified as one of the greats of modern day basketball.
Stephen Curry: The Golden State Warriors point guard has been called the greatest shooter in the history of NBA by many players and analysts. He won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2014-15 and also led his team to their first championship since 1975. He helped the Warriors reach the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year in 2017, winning his second NBA Championship.
Chris Paul: The point guard from Houston Rockets (as of 2017) has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award once, two Olympic Gold Medals and an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. Chris Paul is one of the highest paid athletes in the world and holds lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as State Farm and Nike.
Russell Westbrook: The point guard from Oklahoma City Thunder is a six-time NBA All-Star winner and a six-time All-NBA Team member. He also won the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award twice, in 2015 and 2016. In the 2016-2017 season, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player.
With players of this caliber heading to the court, you will certainly not want to miss games from this season. Intense competitions are lined up for you all through till the end of the season.
Cheap Basketball Tickets
If you are planning to attend multiple games this season, you might be interested in cheap basketball tickets. Check frequently to get the best deals on basketball tickets this season. As the big names line up for the big games of this season, you are advised to get your hand on these tickets as early as possible!