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
Last Day of Summer 18: Yo Gotti, Tekashi69 & NBA Youngboy, SAP Center, tickets for 08/24 19:00:00.000 at SAP Center, San Jose, CA Fri Aug 24 2018
NBA Preseason: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Melbourne United, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 09/28 TBA at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Fri Sep 28 2018
NBA Preseason: Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics, Dean E. Smith Center, tickets for 09/28 19:30:00.000 at Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC Fri Sep 28 2018
NBA Preseason: Toronto Raptors vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Rogers Arena, tickets for 09/29 16:00:00.000 at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Sat Sep 29 2018
NBA Preseason: Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, Oracle Arena, tickets for 09/29 17:30:00.000 at Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA Sat Sep 29 2018
NBA Preseason: Utah Jazz vs. Perth Wildcats, Vivint Smart Home Arena, tickets for 09/29 19:00:00.000 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT Sat Sep 29 2018
Los Angeles Clippers Hawaii Classic: Sydney Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Stan Sheriff Center, tickets for 09/30 15:30:00.000 at Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI Sun Sep 30 2018
NBA Preseason: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat, AT&T Center, tickets for 09/30 16:00:00.000 at AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX Sun Sep 30 2018
NBA Preseason: Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets, TD Garden, tickets for 09/30 18:00:00.000 at TD Garden, Boston, MA Sun Sep 30 2018
NBA Preseason: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Valley View Casino Center, tickets for 09/30 18:30:00.000 at Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA Sun Sep 30 2018
NBA Preseason: Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans, United Center, tickets for 09/30 19:00:00.000 at United Center, Chicago, IL Sun Sep 30 2018
2018 Miami Heat Season Tickets (Includes Tickets To All Regular Season Home Games), AmericanAirlines Arena, tickets for 10/01 TBA at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL Mon Oct 1 2018
NBA Preseason: Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks, Capital One Arena, tickets for 10/01 19:00:00.000 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC Mon Oct 1 2018
NBA Preseason: Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings, Talking Stick Resort Arena, tickets for 10/01 19:00:00.000 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ Mon Oct 1 2018
NBA Preseason: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic, Wells Fargo Center - PA, tickets for 10/01 19:00:00.000 at Wells Fargo Center - PA, Philadelphia, PA Mon Oct 1 2018
NBA Preseason: Utah Jazz vs. Toronto Raptors, Vivint Smart Home Arena, tickets for 10/02 19:00:00.000 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT Tue Oct 2 2018
NBA Preseason: Charlotte Hornets vs. Miami Heat, Spectrum Center, tickets for 10/02 19:00:00.000 at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC Tue Oct 2 2018
NBA Preseason: Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Legacy Arena at The BJCC, tickets for 10/02 19:00:00.000 at Legacy Arena at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL Tue Oct 2 2018
NBA Preseason: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Staples Center, tickets for 10/02 19:30:00.000 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA Tue Oct 2 2018
NBA Preseason: Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, TD Garden, tickets for 10/02 19:30:00.000 at TD Garden, Boston, MA Tue Oct 2 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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