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Continuing recent trend, Warriors draw league-high prices on secondary ticket market

Approximately three months ago, the Golden State Warriors dropped Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but a retooled roster has fans feeling optimistic for the 2016-17 season.

Golden State added even more firepower to the league’s most prolific offense by adding one of the league’s best players in Kevin Durant. The former Okalhoma City Thunder star, who averaged 28.2 points per game and shot 38% from 3-point range last season, brings another elite shooting skillset to a team that already has two of the best shooters in recent memory, if not all time, that of course being unanimous MVP Steph Curry and two-time All-Star Klay Thompson. Their offense is even more dangerous now, if that’s possible

Even with Durant, Golden State will be hard pressed to top last year’s 73-win regular season campaign, but winning an NBA title is the ultimate goal. Given the fanfare surrounding this team, all eyes will be on the Warriors each night they take the court. An overview of their Top 5 games is presented below, using information provided by TicketIQ.

10/25 vs. San Antonio Spurs I Oracle Arena I Get-In Ticket Price: $194

Kevin Durant will make his Warrior debut on Opening Night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors-Spurs matchups feature seven All-Stars from a year ago, a list that includes Curry, Durant, Thompson, Draymond Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, and new Spurs acquisition Pau Gasol. Fans will be hard-pressed to find a more star-studded meeting on Golden State’s schedule. Add in the fact that David Lee (Spurs) and David West (Warriors) will be facing off against their old squads and this newfound rivalry has even more intrigue. Considering this will be the first game with Durant in a Warrior uniform, it’s no surprise to see that the lowest ticket price is nearly $200.

11/9 vs. Dallas Mavericks I Oracle Arena I Get-In Ticket Price: $99

A matchup against Dallas pits the current Warriors squad opposite former recent teammates who played a critical role in Golden State’s rousing success. Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut will be suiting up for the Mavericks while Zaza Pachulia, who nearly made the All-Star team as a member of the Mavericks last season, will do battle against his old club in another interesting storyline. On TicketIq, Mavericks vs. Warriors tickets start at $99, which could be viewed as one of the better bargains on the schedule.

12/25 at Cleveland Cavaliers I Quicken Loans Arena I Get-In Ticket Price: $210

A rematch of the last two NBA FInals will take place on Christmas Day when Golden State travels to Cleveland. Last season, Golden State hosted Cleveland on Christmas Day and prevailed in an unusually low-scoring affair, 89-83. Cleveland will look to return the favor at home this season, while dealing with their newest nemesis in what could be yet another championship preview. The Q should be live and wild for this one, as this encounter sports the second-highest get-in ticket price of any Warriors game this year.

2/11 at Oklahoma City Thunder I Chesapeake Energy Arena I Get-In Ticket Price: $171

The Warriors travel back to the venue that hosted arguably the most pivotal game of their 2015-16 campaign. In Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Klay Thompson led Golden State to an improbable 108-101 victory, which forced the series to a decisive Game 7 at Oracle Arena, of course won by The Dubs on their way to a second straight Finals appearance. This will also be Kevin Durant’s first game as a visitor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, so expect a hostile environment and soaring ticket prices. As expected, this is Oklahoma City’s most expensive game of the upcoming campaign.

3/5 at New York Knicks I Madison Square Garden I Get-In Ticket Price: $250

The most expensive game on Golden State’s schedule is a March 5 meeting in New York City. The Knicks retooled their roster by adding Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the offseason. Pairing these two with Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony should make for an exciting roster to watch that will probably end up in the playoffs when all is said and done. On TicketIQ, Warriors vs. Knicks tickets start as high as $250, but luckily, fans traveling to the game can save considerable money on their Madison Square Garden parking by going through ParkWhiz.com, which features numerous cheap parking options all around the arena.

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