StubHub and Nuggets coach expect Dubs-friendly crowd in Denver

The Golden State Warriors get their first road try of the 2022 playoffs Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets — down 2-0 worse than it looks — hold Game 3 at the Ball Arena.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone set the stage Wednesday by… roasting his own fans.

“I imagine this place is going to be half full of Warriors fans,” he said. mentioned during his press briefing on Wednesday. “Every time we play them, that seems to be the case.”

Malone, to his credit, apparently knows his fanbase quite well. According to data provided to SFGATE by StubHub, only 52% of Game 3 buyers on the secondary market ticketing platform are from Colorado, and there are still nearly 1,000 tickets available (starting at $65).

More than eight hours before game time, you could get tickets six rows behind the Warriors bench for $319 eachwhich is only slightly higher than the average ticket price to sit anywhere at Chase Center ($297) during Games 1 and 2, according to Logitix, which pulls data from multiple secondary ticketing platforms.

Oddly enough, not so long ago, Malone at least tried to turn the sometimes dismal home crowd of the Nuggets into a positive.

“You are either with us or against us,” he said. told reporters in 2018 after Lakers fans overwhelmed the arena for a random November game. “Warrior fans can come here, Celtic fans can come here. Laker fans can come here. But take that L on the way out.

But after two disheartening games to start the series in which the Warriors absolutely killed the Nuggets with a small-ball formation that captured national attention, while Denver imploded with in-fighting and ejections, it looks like Malone has lost the will to positively spin the apathetic Denver fans.

Game 3 predictions off at 7 p.m. on TNT.

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