About $5 million in bonus cash awaits NBA champs
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 01, 2018 07:41 AM
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 4: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes for a lay up during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland and Golden State are playing for the following: The NBA championship, bragging rights, the chance to host a parade, rings, banners, cool hats and T-shirts.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals tips off today and the league’s playoff pool will richly reward the champion this year. The winning team in these NBA Finals will get $1,194,949 more in bonus money than the losing team in this matchup.
The total pool was $20 million this season, paid out to all 16 postseason teams based on how they finished in the regular season and how deep they went in the playoffs.
Golden State will get $5,188,122 if it wins, $3,993,173 if it loses. Cleveland splits $5,020,439 if it wins, $3,825,490 if it loses.
From the non-finals teams, Houston gets the biggest share of the pie, with $2,322,122 going to the Rockets. Milwaukee, San Antonio, Minnesota and Washington all get the smallest amount, that being $298,485 each.