NBA Ticket Market All About LeBron
After an incredibly busy off-season that featured free agent signings, untimely injuries and the arrival of new coaching regimes across the league, the NBA is back in a big way this week. Opening night featured a Lone Star State throwdown between the defending champs, the San Antonio Spurs, and their division rivals, the Dallas Mavericks, and a game between the Lakers and Rockets that featured some elbows and cussing from Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant. The Western Conference got to shine, and the superstars didn’t disappoint, either as individuals or as a well-oiled machine.
But the biggest news of the year remains the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he’ll be joined by a young star guard, Kyrie Irving, a veteran talent at forward, Kevin Love, and plenty of complimentary players within a new European offense. Though Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the defending MVP, LeBron remains the biggest draw in the media and at the box office. Cleveland’s instant renaissance is nothing short of remarkable, but The Return of The King is running up the score at cash registers in every NBA market this year, not just on the shores of Lake Erie. Everyone wants to see these Three Musketeers when they’re in town; the decision to pay what it takes to catch the Cavs live is nothing short of a slam dunk.
For all 30 teams except the Spurs, the game with the highest get-in price on their home schedule features the Cavaliers. The only NBA game this season with a get-in price of at least $100 that doesn’t feature either the Cavaliers or the New York Knicks, was the Spurs’ home opener at the AT&T Center against the Mavs. Of the 70 games in the league this season with the highest get-in price, 54 of them (77%) involve the Cavs: 29 home games and 25 road games. Of the top 100 games by highest get-in price, 86 involve either the Cavs or Knicks.
Cleveland Cavaliers Tickets & Game Dates
Boston Celtics at Cleveland CavaliersRocket Mortgage FieldHouse · Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington WizardsCapital One Arena · Washington, DC
Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn NetsBarclays Center · Brooklyn, NY
Ticket Demand for NBA Games – LeBron & Cavaliers Lead the Fast Break
Both of the cheapest tickets to see the Cavs this season are a little under a three-hour drive away from Cleveland against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Tickets for the January 27 game start at $30, and tickets for the February 24 game start at $29. The cheapest Cavs home game comes December 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks, with tickets starting at $43.
As of this morning, 19 regular season games across the NBA have tickets available on the secondary market for $4 or less. Eleven of those are Indiana Pacers home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In fact, you can currently buy a ticket to 26 of the Pacers’ 41 games in Indianapolis this season for less than $10 each.