2011 NBA Finals preview: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat

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The 2011 NBA Finals will tip off on Tuesday, May 31, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, as LeBron James and the Miami Heat play Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.

Larry O'Brien Trophy
Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

For many of the players who take the court during the Finals, this series could define how their careers are forever viewed. Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki and point guard Jason Kidd have combined to play 28 seasons in the NBA, making the All-Star team 20 of those seasons, but have never won a title. Winning a championship would cement their legacies in the league as two of the best to ever play their positions.

Miami Heat forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh have similarly never won a title, but unlike their Maverick counterparts, they have pressure to win for a whole different reason. James and Bosh "took their talents to South Beach" last offseason and promised their fans multiple championships, and they have been the focus of plenty of negativity from other fan bases. Individually, James will be looking to step out of the shadow of great players before him and get off of the list of greatest players never to win a title.

The series will not be the first time these two teams play for the NBA title; in 2006, the Heat won their only championship in franchise history when they beat the Mavericks four games to two. In that series, the Mavericks won the first two games and were up 13 points with just minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Game 3. The Heat rallied to win that game, and ended up winning the next three as well to win the series and the NBA Championship.

Game Fast Facts

  • Only three players, all from the Heat, have won an NBA Championship during their careers (Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem with the Heat in 2006 and Eddie House with the Celtics in 2008).
  • This is only the second time a sponsor has had their name attached to both arenas of the NBA Finals teams’ home courts, with American Airlines sponsoring both the American Airlines Arena in Miami and the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The only other time? When these two teams played in 2006, of course.
  • This year’s series between the Heat and Mavericks is the 9th different NBA Finals match-up to happen more than once. To no one's surprise, the most common match-up is the Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, which has happened 12 times.

NBA Finals Tickets

There is no doubt that tickets to the NBA Finals will be hot in both Dallas and Miami, and according to stats from TicketNetwork.com, tickets to the four potential games in South Beach carry a slightly higher value. The average ticket price for all four of Miami's home games is $1,259.64, more than 16% higher than the $1,068.85 average of Dallas home games.

The highest priced ticket for any game during the series is currently $16,494, which is for seats to Game 1 in Miami. Fans who don't need to sit in the first row can find tickets to Game 1 a little higher in the stands for $267.

Game by Game Ticket Price Comparison

Game Date Venue Tickets Available Average Ticket Price
1 May 31 American Airlines Arena 1273 $1,155.53
2 June 2 American Airlines Arena 1339 $1,184.62
3 June 5 American Airlines Center 904 $954.08
4 June 7 American Airlines Center 887 $975.23
5 June 9 American Airlines Center 778 $1,308.94
6 June 12 American Airlines Arena 633 $1,465.60
7 June 14 American Airlines Arena 521 $1,456.64

All prices and ticket statistics are as of 5/27/2011 10:30 a.m. EDT. Prices may fluctuate based on market demand.

Comments (2) -

Lee Ismael L. Razul
Lee Ismael L. Razul said...

Watching the finals is worth the price Smile

June 1, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Lee Ismael L. Razul
Lee Ismael L. Razul said...

I think Miami will get the championship ring Smile

June 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

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