So I'm planning to visit Indy for a few days in late May (or possibly early June), and of course I'd like to time my trip in such a way as to be able to attend a home ECF game (assuming of course the Pacers get that far).
My question to the folks that follow such things (Unclebuck, you there?) is: when is the best time to visit? I want to book my flight soon before rates go up.
Here's what I know or remember:
- Game 1 of the ECF should be between May 18-21 (see link below)
- If I'm remembering right, each conf. finals series typically plays every other day (game night, off night, game night etc).
- The Finals begin June 5, so of course the ECF must be over before then
Since it's unknown whether the Pacers would have home court advantage or not, I'd want to plan my trip in a time window that includes one home game AND one away game. Also game 7 might be too late - most series don't go a full 7 games. So I guess I'd be aiming for Game 4 and Game 5, something like that. Game 5 and Game 6 could work too. (Some series don't go 6 games, but I'm not as worried about missing the game if it's only a 5-game series, for reasons that should be obvious.)
SO. ECF schedule might be something like (give or take a day or two in either direction):
May 20 - Game 1
May 22 - Game 2
May 24 - Game 3
May 26 - Game 4
May 28 - Game 5
May 30 - Game 6
June 1 - Game 7
Does this seem reasonable? Any schedule junkies out there with a different opinion? Thanks in advance.
(note: I hope no one thinks I'm jinxing the P's by posting this. Obviously it's not a given that the Pacers will even make the ECF. They have to win two series, after all, beforehand. However I'm comfortable with this assumption since I'll also be visiting for reasons other than basketball.)
Edit: Here's the link to the official NBA "important dates" page http://www.nba.com/news/important-dates/