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
Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, Talking Stick Resort Arena, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Mon Oct 23 2017
Detroit Pistons vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Mon Oct 23 2017
Denver Nuggets vs. Washington Wizards, Pepsi Center - Denver, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Pepsi Center - Denver, Denver, CO Mon Oct 23 2017
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Toyota Center - TX, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at Toyota Center - TX, Houston, TX Mon Oct 23 2017
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets, BMO Harris Bradley Center, tickets for 10/23 19:00:00.000 at BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI Mon Oct 23 2017
Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks, AmericanAirlines Arena, tickets for 10/23 19:30:00.000 at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL Mon Oct 23 2017
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors, American Airlines Center, tickets for 10/23 19:30:00.000 at American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX Mon Oct 23 2017
San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors, AT&T Center, tickets for 10/23 19:30:00.000 at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX Mon Oct 23 2017
Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets, Amway Center, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Amway Center, Orlando, FL Tue Oct 24 2017
Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, OR Tue Oct 24 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls, Quicken Loans Arena, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH Tue Oct 24 2017
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Indiana Pacers, Target Center, tickets for 10/24 19:00:00.000 at Target Center, Minneapolis, MN Tue Oct 24 2017
Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, TD Garden, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at TD Garden, Boston, MA Tue Oct 24 2017
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz, Staples Center, tickets for 10/24 19:30:00.000 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Tue Oct 24 2017
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Wed Oct 25 2017
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers, Chesapeake Energy Arena, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK Wed Oct 25 2017
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz, Talking Stick Resort Arena, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Wed Oct 25 2017
Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets, Spectrum Center, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC Wed Oct 25 2017
Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Little Caesars Arena, tickets for 10/25 19:00:00.000 at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI Wed Oct 25 2017
Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Barclays Center, tickets for 10/25 19:30:00.000 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Wed Oct 25 2017

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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