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
Brooklyn Nets vs. Denver Nuggets, Barclays Center, tickets for 12/08 15:00:00.000 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Sun Dec 8 2019
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks, Spectrum Center, tickets for 12/08 17:00:00.000 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC Sun Dec 8 2019
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls, AmericanAirlines Arena, tickets for 12/08 18:00:00.000 at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL Sun Dec 8 2019
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Capital One Arena, tickets for 12/08 18:00:00.000 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC Sun Dec 8 2019
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 12/08 18:00:00.000 at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Sun Dec 8 2019
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings, American Airlines Center, tickets for 12/08 18:00:00.000 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX Sun Dec 8 2019
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, tickets for 12/08 18:00:00.000 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, OR Sun Dec 8 2019
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Staples Center, tickets for 12/08 18:30:00.000 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Sun Dec 8 2019
Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN Mon Dec 9 2019
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Detroit Pistons, Smoothie King Center, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA Mon Dec 9 2019
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings, Toyota Center - TX, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Toyota Center - TX, Houston, TX Mon Dec 9 2019
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, Fiserv Forum, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI Mon Dec 9 2019
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors, United Center, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at United Center, Chicago, IL Mon Dec 9 2019
Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Talking Stick Resort Arena, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Mon Dec 9 2019
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Vivint Smart Home Arena, tickets for 12/09 19:00:00.000 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT Mon Dec 9 2019
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, TD Garden, tickets for 12/09 19:30:00.000 at TD Garden, Boston, MA Mon Dec 9 2019
Golden State Warriors vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Chase Center, tickets for 12/09 19:30:00.000 at Chase Center, San Francisco, CA Mon Dec 9 2019
Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards, Spectrum Center, tickets for 12/10 19:00:00.000 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC Tue Dec 10 2019
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Denver Nuggets, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 12/10 19:00:00.000 at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Tue Dec 10 2019
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks, Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, tickets for 12/10 19:00:00.000 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, OR Tue Dec 10 2019

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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