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
NBA Western Conference First Round: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Staples Center, tickets for 04/21 12:30:00.000 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Sun Apr 21 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, tickets for 04/21 13:00:00.000 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN Sun Apr 21 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Amway Center, tickets for 04/21 19:00:00.000 at Amway Center, Orlando, FL Sun Apr 21 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Chesapeake Energy Arena, tickets for 04/21 20:30:00.000 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK Sun Apr 21 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 04/22 20:00:00.000 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Mon Apr 22 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets - Home Game 2, Series Game 4, Vivint Smart Home Arena, tickets for 04/22 20:30:00.000 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT Mon Apr 22 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - Home Game 3, Series Game 5, Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, tickets for 04/23 TBA at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, OR Tue Apr 23 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs - Home Game 3, Series Game 5, Pepsi Center - Denver, tickets for 04/23 TBA at Pepsi Center - Denver, Denver, CO Tue Apr 23 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic - Home Game 3, Series Game 5, Scotiabank Arena, tickets for 04/23 19:00:00.000 at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON Tue Apr 23 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets - Home Game 3, Series Game 5, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 04/23 20:00:00.000 at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Tue Apr 23 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz - Home Game 3, Series Game 5 (If Necessary), Toyota Center - TX, tickets for 04/24 TBA at Toyota Center - TX, Houston, TX Wed Apr 24 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Home Game 3, Series Game 5 (If Necessary), TD Garden, tickets for 04/24 TBA at TD Garden, Boston, MA Wed Apr 24 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons - Home Game 3, Series Game 5 (If Necessary), Fiserv Forum, tickets for 04/24 TBA at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI Wed Apr 24 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Home Game 3, Series Game 5, Oracle Arena, tickets for 04/24 19:30:00.000 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA Wed Apr 24 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors - Home Game 3, Series Game 6 (If Necessary), Amway Center, tickets for 04/25 TBA at Amway Center, Orlando, FL Thu Apr 25 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets - Home Game 3, Series Game 6, AT&T Center, tickets for 04/25 TBA at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX Thu Apr 25 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers - Home Game 3, Series Game 6 (If Necessary), Chesapeake Energy Arena, tickets for 04/25 TBA at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK Thu Apr 25 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers - Home Game 3, Series Game 6 (If Necessary), Barclays Center, tickets for 04/25 TBA at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Thu Apr 25 2019
NBA Eastern Conference First Round: Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Home Game 3, Series Game 6 (Date: 4/26 - If Necessary), Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 04/25 TBA at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Thu Apr 25 2019
NBA Western Conference First Round: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors - Home Game 3, Series Game 6 (If Necessary), Staples Center, tickets for 04/26 TBA at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Fri Apr 26 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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