Dunks, threes and LeBron – what you need to know about the NBA

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Steph or LeBron? It might seem like a simple question, but for those in the know about the NBA, your choice here can be all-important.

As we speak, the Steph Curry-led Golden State Warriors are taking on LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016-17 NBA Finals. Although the series is looking be a whitewash for Golden State, you only have to turn the clock back 12 months to when Cleveland overturned a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in Oakland to know that anything is possible.

In fact, these two heavyweights have contested the last three NBA Finals – bookmarking Steph Curry and LeBron James as this generation’s superstars.

Unless we see a miracle like last season, your best chance to get to an NBA match in the US could be next season. While we don’t know who the reigning champions will be, we do know that there will be plenty of dunks, threes, blocks and amazing plays to see live.

Where are the best NBA games?

Although it might seem like there are only two teams in the NBA, there are actually 30 in total – spread from Los Angeles in the west to New York in the east. As every team plays a whopping 82 matches in the regular season, there are plenty of opportunities to see your favourite team in action.

Perhaps you want to visit the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the legend Kobe Bryant won countless titles, or maybe you’d rather see the green Boston Celtics at the historic TD Gardens.

Of course, you could also watch one of the many Aussies in the NBA, notably Patty Mills who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, or Joe Ingles who suits up for the Utah Jazz.

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If you don’t mind who you see or where, you can have your pick of 1,230 regular season games during the 2017-18 NBA season. It all tips off on October 20, 2017 stretching through to April 11, 2018 when the playoffs start again.

How do I get tickets?

To ensure you get to watch your favourite team or player live, you need to get tickets from a reputable source.

The best way to do this is through the official NBA ticket website. Here you can choose the home team and then be led to the trusted ticket provider for that particular venue. Using the official NBA ticket marketplace, you will ensure the ticket is genuine and be protected if anything goes wrong.

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As for the prices themselves, this ultimately depends on the team and whether it’s a playoff game or not. The average regular season ticket price is US$89 (AUD$118). Golden State have the most expensive ticket price at around US$240 (AUD$318) for a regular match at the Oracle Arena, while the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center have the cheapest at around US$48 (AUD$63), Teams will often drop prices during the season depending on performance, so it pays to do your research and scope out the best deals.

Enjoying an NBA game live

Let’s be real, watching an NBA game inside the stadium is a totally different experience to watching at home – regardless of whether you’re up high in the stands or sitting courtside.

Each team has their own stadium nuances with entertainment throughout the match. Kiss cams, giveaways, light shows, DJs – an NBA match is a true party, with basketball thrown in for good measure!

Watch the pure athleticism as 7-foot giants dunk with ease or the body contact of tough defence, it all creates an atmosphere unlike any other. Add in a hot dog, beer and a replica singlet, and you have an experience you’ll never forget.

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