Price Trends for the NBA’s Conference Quarter Finals

April 22, 2015

According to Forbes, the NBA witnessed an all time regular season record for attendance this year. The figure stands at 21,926,548, which eclipses the previous record of 21,841,480 set in 2006-07. It also surpasses last year’s total of 21,392,721 by more than 500,000.

This year, attendance has seen a 2.4 % increase over last season’s average attendance, which makes it the highest year-over-year percentage increase since the 1995-96 season. Basketball fans might remember that a certain Michael Jordan made his comeback that year.

Attendance numbers might have grown for a number of reasons this year. Better performances, return of star players or a good run of form could all account for better numbers. For example the Cavaliers saw an increase of almost 19% from last year, mainly due to LeBron’s return. On the other hand, the Hawks had an outstanding showing in the Eastern conference, but their attendance numbers were quite ordinary.

An increase in attendance means an increase in demand, and the secondary ticket market has reacted to this increase in demand for tickets. If we take a look at the conference quarterfinals, ticket prices have generally gone up. For example the average ticket price, if we take into account all games, is $395.24.

Event Name & Location Date Tickets
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings, Pepsi Center - Denver, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Pepsi Center - Denver, Denver, CO Tue Oct 23 2018
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Smoothie King Center, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA Tue Oct 23 2018
Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Tue Oct 23 2018
Atlanta Hawks vs. Dallas Mavericks, State Farm Arena - GA, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at State Farm Arena - GA, Atlanta, GA Wed Oct 24 2018
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Talking Stick Resort Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Wed Oct 24 2018
Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets, United Center, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at United Center, Chicago, IL Wed Oct 24 2018
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets, Quicken Loans Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH Wed Oct 24 2018
Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Golden 1 Center, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA Wed Oct 24 2018
Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, Toyota Center - TX, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Toyota Center - TX, Houston, TX Wed Oct 24 2018
Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Scotiabank Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON Wed Oct 24 2018
Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards, Oracle Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA Wed Oct 24 2018
San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers, AT&T Center, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX Wed Oct 24 2018
Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks, AmericanAirlines Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL Wed Oct 24 2018
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Fiserv Forum, tickets for 10/24 20:30:00.000 at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI Wed Oct 24 2018
Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Thu Oct 25 2018
Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Amway Center, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Amway Center, Orlando, FL Thu Oct 25 2018
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics, Chesapeake Energy Arena, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK Thu Oct 25 2018
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Staples Center, tickets for 10/25 19:30:00.000 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Thu Oct 25 2018
Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls, Spectrum Center, tickets for 10/26 19:00:00.000 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC Fri Oct 26 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Target Center, tickets for 10/26 19:00:00.000 at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN Fri Oct 26 2018

The lowest average price for a game is $88.13, for game two between the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. But even for this game, the maximum price goes up to $1270. Interestingly, the highest average ticket price is $2100.28, which is for game three between the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers at the same venue.

The lowest walk in price for a game is for $12, for the first game between the Wizards and Raptors at the Verizon Center. The highest walk in price is $142 for game four (if it is required) between the Cavaliers and Celtics.

You can find out all the information regarding ticket prices for the conference quarterfinals below.

Please note that all tickets are available on Excite-Events and ticket prices are accurate as of 4-21-2015.

April 25. – Portland – Moda Center at the Rose Quarter | Average Ticket Price: $194.19 | Get In Price: $30
April 27. – Portland – Moda Center at the Rose Quarter | Average Ticket Price: $205.51 | Get In Price: $30
May 1. – Portland – Moda Center at the Rose Quarter| Average Ticket Price: $204.44 | Get In Price: $30
April 27. – Chicago – United Center | Average Ticket Price: $283.12 | Get In Price: $30
April 22. – Los Angeles – Staples Center | Average Ticket Price: $271.22 | Get In Price: $19
April 28. – Los Angeles – Staples Center | Average Ticket Price: $293.25 | Get In Price: $19
April 24. – Dallas – American Airlines Center | Average Ticket Price: $220.45 | Get In Price: $25
April 26. – Dallas – American Airlines Center | Average Ticket Price: $200.19 | Get In Price: $25
April 30. – Dallas – American Airlines Center | Average Ticket Price: $310.89 | Get In Price: $40
May 2. – Chicago – United Center | Average Ticket Price: $356.68 | Get In Price: $30
April 25. – Brooklyn – Barclays Center | Average Ticket Price: $173.9 | Get In Price: $20
April 27. – Brooklyn – Barclays Center | Average Ticket Price: $146.28 | Get In Price: $20
May 1. – Brooklyn – Barclays Center | Average Ticket Price: $1072.16 | Get In Price: $20
April 28. – Oakland – Oracle Arena | Average Ticket Price: $364.61 | Get In Price: $64
May 3. – Oakland – Oracle Arena | Average Ticket Price: $454.66 | Get In Price: $70
April 22. – Atlanta – Philips Arena | Average Ticket Price: $115.2 | Get In Price: $25
April 29. – Atlanta – Philips Arena | Average Ticket Price: $193.63 | Get In Price: $40
May 3. – Atlanta – Philips Arena | Average Ticket Price: $482.19 | Get In Price: $45
April 21. – Toronto – Air Canada Centre | Average Ticket Price: $393.59 | Get In Price: $93
April 29. – Toronto – Air Canada Centre | Average Ticket Price: $300.72 | Get In Price: $128
May 2. – Los Angeles – Staples Center | Average Ticket Price: $786.43 | Get In Price: $50
April 24. – San Antonio – AT&T Center | Average Ticket Price: $212.64 | Get In Price: $12
April 26. – San Antonio – AT&T Center | Average Ticket Price: $193.66 | Get In Price: $15
April 30. – San Antonio – AT&T Center | Average Ticket Price: $388.24 | Get In Price: $18
May 3. – Toronto – Air Canada Centre | Average Ticket Price: $504.11 | Get In Price: $129
April 24. – Washington – Verizon Center – DC | Average Ticket Price: $163.1 | Get In Price: $12
April 26. – Washington – Verizon Center – DC | Average Ticket Price: $173.54 | Get In Price: $30
May 1. – Washington – Verizon Center – DC | Average Ticket Price: $234.17 | Get In Price: $30
April 22. – Memphis – Fedex Forum | Average Ticket Price: $88.13 | Get In Price: $29
April 29. – Memphis – Fedex Forum | Average Ticket Price: $2100.28 | Get In Price: $35
May 3. – Memphis – Fedex Forum | Average Ticket Price: $224.35 | Get In Price: $50
April 21. – Houston – Toyota Center – TX | Average Ticket Price: $393.54 | Get In Price: $117
April 28. – Houston – Toyota Center – TX | Average Ticket Price: $375.35 | Get In Price: $34
May 2. – Houston – Toyota Center – TX | Average Ticket Price: $473.48 | Get In Price: $34
April 23. – Boston – TD Garden | Average Ticket Price: $227.19 | Get In Price: $86
April 26. – Boston – TD Garden | Average Ticket Price: $232.86 | Get In Price: $85
April 30. – Boston – TD Garden | Average Ticket Price: $1793.12 | Get In Price: $114
April 21. – Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena | Average Ticket Price: $125.58 | Get In Price: $50
April 28. – Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena | Average Ticket Price: $431.48 | Get In Price: $54
May 2. – Cleveland – Quicken Loans Arena | Average Ticket Price: $1591.94 | Get In Price: $142
April 23. – Milwaukee – BMO Harris Bradley Center | Average Ticket Price: $119.71 | Get In Price: $40
April 25. – Milwaukee – BMO Harris Bradley Center | Average Ticket Price: $173.37 | Get In Price: $65
April 30. – Milwaukee – BMO Harris Bradley Center | Average Ticket Price: $331.42 | Get In Price: $80
April 23. – New Orleans – Smoothie King Center | Average Ticket Price: $132.71 | Get In Price: $50
April 25. – New Orleans – Smoothie King Center | Average Ticket Price: $156.13 | Get In Price: $57
May 1. – New Orleans – Smoothie King Center | Average Ticket Price: $317.71 | Get In Price: $61

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