When in comes to sports, fans know that the regular season is just the warm-up for the playoffs, where everything gets ratcheted up to a new level. No where will that be more apparent than in Los Angeles this weekend when the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings all host home playoff games.
From May 17 through May 20, Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles will be the epicenter of sports with six postseason games taking place in that span. Normally, playoff competition in L.A. is reserved for the Lakers who have 16 championships to their name, compared to zero from the Kings and Clippers. This season has been different, though, with the Clippers and Kings shedding the losing mentality that has hounded them for years.
Staples Center Schedule: May 17-20
First on the schedule over that span will be Kings, who will play host to the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference Finals on May 17. The Kings already have a one game to none lead over Phoenix, and have looked like the best team in the NHL this postseason behind goaltender Jonathan Quick. Fans in Tinsel Town have taken notice, with average ticket price for Kings home games jumping from $114 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to $143 this series.
Hockey is not the first love of sports fans in L.A.; that title is reserved for Kobe Bryant and Lakers. That is evident when you compare the jump in average ticket price from the teams' first round match-up vs. the Denver Nuggets to this current series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Customers so far have paid an average of $263 for the current series, compared to $155 in the first round. If the Lakers continue to advance, that number will continue to grow as well.
For basketball fans in L.A. who are looking for a more affordable option, checking out the Clippers may be a great option. Tickets for their series vs. San Antonio Spurs are selling for an average of $109, only slightly up from $92 average of last round.
Whether you are planning to buy NBA playoff tickets for any these series or just watch them at home, this weekend in Los Angeles will surely be like no other.
All data from sales on TicketNetwork.com as of 5/15/2012 at 3 p.m.