NBA Playoffs 2016
The 2016 NBA Playoffs are under way, and it's shaping up to be another exciting year for basketball. After a historic 73-win regular season, the Golden State Warriors are the favorites to win it all. However, Steph Curry's knee injury in Game 4 against James Harden's Houston Rockets will put forward Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr, and the rest of the Warriors to the test as they battle their way through the Western Conference. Nevertheless, tickets to see the Warriors play have been the hottest of any NBA Playoff tickets. On average, fans in Oakland paid $308 for tickets to Game 1, $274 for tickets to Game 2, and will pay $326 for tickets to Game 5. If Golden State advances beyond round 1, they will take on Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers or Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Semis.
The San Antonio Spurs, led by head coach Gregg Popovich and anchored by core players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard, cruised past the Memphis Grizzlies in four games and might be Golden State's biggest threat in the Western Conference. In the Western Conference Semifinals, San Antonio will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder and their high-scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who dispatched Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks in five games in the first round. The Thunder and Spurs last met in the NBA Playoffs during the 2014 Western Conference Finals.
In the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to make a return trip to the NBA Finals. With the help of point guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavs swept the Detroit Pistons in four straight game in the first round. Next, they'll take on either the Atlanta Hawks or the Boston Celtics, who are locked in a quarterfinal series that is seeing great play from Atlanta forward Paul Millsap and Boston guard Isaiah Thomas. Tickets for Game 5 are the hottest of any Hawks first round home playoff game in the past five years, and Game 6 in Boston is sure to be an in-demand matchup as well.
The hottest NBA Playoff tickets in the Eastern Conference, however, belong to the Toronto Raptors, who are taking on the Indiana Pacers. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Pacers forward Paul George are battling it out for a trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and the winner of this matchup will play either the Miami Heat or the Charlotte Hornets. Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lin, and the Hornets are on a hot streak after the team's first playoff win in franchise history, but Dwayne Wade is leading a veteran Heat team that made the NBA Finals four years in a row from 2011-2014.
NBA Playoffs Ticket Prices 2015
Round 1 Ticket Prices
Round 1 Ticket Prices
Last season, the city with the most expensive first round tickets to the NBA Playoffs was Houston, when James Harden and the Rockets took on the Dallas Mavericks en route to a Western Conference Finals appearance. On average, a ticket to one of the three home games cost fans $249 on the secondary market. Games 1 and 2 averaged $250 and $245 respectively, but ticket prices jumped to $253 for Game 5 when Houston clinched the series at home. Warriors tickets were also some of the hottest in the first round, averaging $227 on the secondary market.
The best value for round 1 NBA Playoff action was had by fans of the Atlanta Hawks. In 2015, round 1 tickets in Atlanta cost fans an average of $72 on the secondary market. For some context, that's even lower than the average to see a Hawks home game during the 2014-2015 regular season, in which the average resale price for a ticket was $78.
Round 2 Ticket Prices
Tickets to see the Rockets play were yet again the most expensive tickets in round 2 of last season. Houston faced the Los Angeles Clippers, and the series lasted seven games. Tickets to see the Rockets in round 2 jumped to $382 on average, peaking at $646 for Game 7. Again, ticket to see the Hawks were the cheapest, with the average secondary market price at just $87 for home games against the Washington Wizards.
Conference Finals Ticket Prices
Tickets to see the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors in 2015 averaged $368 for games in in Oakland and $409 for games in Houston. In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Atlanta Hawks. The average resale price of a ticket in Cleveland for the Conference Finals was $278, and was $251 in Atlanta.
NBA Finals Ticket Prices
Fans interested in attending the NBA Finals should know that star power can drive up ticket prices. Last year was a dream matchup of Steph Curry and the Warriors against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Tickets went for $1306 and $1377 for Games 1 and 2 in Oakland, and $1010 and $1216 for Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland. Tickets to Game 5 in Oakland averaged $1412 resale, and Game 6 in Cleveland, where the Warriors captured the title, cost fans an average of $975. If there is a repeat matchup this year, expect similar prices on the secondary market.