2014 NBA Finals Tickets
The Spurs (sans Tony Parker) defeated the Thunder in Game 6 to take the West while the Heat thumped Indiana to take their fourth straight Eastern Conference title and advance to the NBA Finals. San Antonio won eight more games than the Heat during the regular season for an NBA-best (62-20) record, earning home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series. Did you know the Spurs have never lost a Game 1 of the NBA Finals? Yet Thursday’s ticket prices are 17% less than Game 1 and 14% less than Home Game 1 (Game 3) last year. Are fans worried Parker (ankle) won’t return until later in the series? A healthy All-Star point guard with home-court, may give the Spurs the advantage they need to finally overtake the Heat in the postseason. Earlier this year, the teams went 1-1 against one another and ticket prices averaged: $338 (1/26 in Miami) and $194 (3/6 in San Antonio).
NBA Finals tickets are averaging $913, just $10 more than 2013 NBA Finals tickets. Both teams saw an average pump of about 5% in price: Miami Heat tickets are up 5.2% while San Antonio Spurs tickets are up about 4.6%. Like last year, the cheapest ticket of the series can be bought for Game 3 ($230). Game 7 tickets saw the biggest drop in average price over last year at 42 percent.
|Date||Time||NBA Finals Tickets||Venue||Get-in||Avg. Price|
|06/05/14||8:00PM||Heat at Spurs – HG 1 – Game 1||AT&T Center||$236.00||$596.01|
|06/08/14||7:00PM||Heat at Spurs – HG 2 – Game 2||AT&T Center||$278.00||$740.47|
|06/10/14||9:00PM||Spurs at Heat – HG 1 – Game 3||American Airlines Arena||$230.00||$943.10|
|06/12/14||9:00PM||Spurs at Heat – HG 2 – Game 4||American Airlines Arena||$255.00||$1,017.20|
|06/15/14||7:00PM||Heat at Spurs – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$317.00||$903.90|
|06/17/14||9:00PM||Spurs at Heat – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||American Airlines Arena||$339.00||$1,388.60|
|06/20/14||8:00PM||Heat at Spurs – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$416.00||$1,052.75|
2014 NBA Playoffs Tickets – Conference Finals
After some incredibly tightly contested series in the NBA Playoffs the last four teams remaining are the top two seeds from each conference. The action starts Sunday when the Heat visit the Pacers in Indiana in a repeat of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The best in the west begin play Monday as the Thunder take on the Spurs in Game 1 in San Antonio. The trend of cheap Miami Heat playoff tickets continues in the third round with prices at American Airlines Arena 9.5% cheaper than last year (avg. $532) against the same opponent. Likewise, Indiana Pacers playoff tickets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are down an even steeper 12.7% on the secondary market. In the West however, a new foe for the Spurs has Western Conference playoff ticket prices up 38% despite the Thunder taking every regular season meeting between the two teams (we did find that regular season records aren’t always telling of what is to happen in the NBA Playoffs – just ask the Nets!). More on NBA Playoff tickets prices after the jump.
San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. OKC Thunder (2)
- San Antonio Spurs Tickets: avg. $385
- Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets: avg. $416
- Western Conference Finals Playoff Tickets: avg. $389
Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and crew are making a deep run again. With Tony Parker at the controls, the Spurs share the ball like no team in the league and made quick work of the Blazers who had looked great in their previous series. The continued growth of Kawai Leonard and solid contributions from their bench has the Spurs looking even better than the team that almost won the championship last season. They will have their hands full with the lengthy and energetic Thunder who defeated the Clippers in six games. Kevin Durant has been his MVP self scoring 31.4 points per game, and Russell Westbrook has been a man possessed averaging 26.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game this postseason. It will be no small task for the Spurs to try to corral the young Thunder superstars but they have the experience and talent to get it done.
If you’re a bargain hunter looking for a good deal on Oklahoma City Thunder tickets, consider this: Game 4 (avg. $360) is currently cheaper than Game 3 (avg. $402) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. For San Antonio fans, Spurs tickets for Game 7 (avg. $515) are a better offer than Game 5 (avg. $577) at the moment.
|Date||Time||NBA Western Conference Finals: Thunder vs. Spurs||Venue||Get-in Price||Avg. Price|
|05/19/14||7:00PM||Thunder at Spurs – HG 1 – Game 1||AT&T Center||$75.00||$265.73|
|05/21/14||7:00PM||Thunder at Spurs – HG 2 – Game 2||AT&T Center||$79.00||$292.16|
|05/25/14||6:30PM||Spurs at Thunder – HG 1 – Game 3||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$128.00||$401.94|
|05/27/14||7:00PM||Spurs at Thunder – HG 2 – Game 4||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$109.00||$359.89|
|05/29/14||7:00PM||Thunder at Spurs – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$97.00||$576.75|
|05/31/14||6:30PM||Spurs at Thunder – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$199.00||$546.02|
|06/02/14||7:00PM||Thunder at Spurs – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$145.00||$515.15|
Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Miami Heat (2)
- Indiana Pacers Tickets: avg. $267
- Miami Heat Tickets: avg. $532
- Eastern Conference Finals Playoff Tickets: avg. $375
It’s been a rough road for Pacer fans in recent memory, but their team is now right where they want to be hosting Miami in the Conference Finals. Paul George has been steady (averaging 21.9 points and 8.7 rebounds in the playoffs), but the supporting cast, especially Roy Hibbert, has failed to perform at times over the last month. Meanwhile the Heat have yet to be challenged in this postseason. They look poised to make their fourth NBA Finals in a row behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Will home court make a difference for the Pacers this year or will the Heat be too much for them again?
Like the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Pacers tickets are substantially cheaper than Heat tickets. At half the price, Indiana offers up playoff seats for just $48 if you just want to “get-in.” You’ll pay 3-times that expense for a ticket at American Airlines Arena. In fact, Game 7 prices at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are less than Games 3 and 4 in Miami. Miami Heat fans looking for a hot deal should consider attending Game 4 (avg. $457) over Game 3 (avg. $497); like the West, the get-in and average price for Game 4 is cheaper than Game 3.
|Date||Time||NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Heat vs. Pacers||Venue||Get-in Price||Avg. Price|
|05/18/14||3:30PM||Heat at Pacers – HG 1 – Game 1||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$48.00||$204.79|
|05/20/14||8:30PM||Heat at Pacers – HG 2 – Game 2||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$48.00||$233.61|
|05/24/14||8:30PM||Pacers at Heat – HG 1 – Game 3||American Airlines Arena||$126.00||$497.28|
|05/26/14||8:30PM||Pacers at Heat – HG 2 – Game 4||American Airlines Arena||$122.00||$456.58|
|05/28/14||8:30PM||Heat at Pacers – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$62.00||$313.95|
|05/30/14||8:30PM||Pacers at Heat – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||American Airlines Arena||$152.00||$760.56|
|06/01/14||8:30PM||Heat at Pacers – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$142.00||$401.19|
2014 NBA Playoffs Tickets – Second Round
Following a historic weekend of Game 7’s, the second round of the NBA playoffs gets started tonight with the Washington Wizards visiting Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers traveling to Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. While initial excitement had second round NBA playoff tickets prices soaring (i.e. the get-in price for Game 3 in Brooklyn today is 16 percent cheaper than yesterday), costs have since settled. In fact, the average price of NBA second round tickets ($309) is 6 percent less than 2013 Conference Semifinals prices. And, of the four teams that played both this and last year in the second round (Spurs, Heat, Pacers, Thunder), three have a lower average price at home in 2014.
San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5)
- San Antonio Spurs Tickets: avg. $213
- Portland Trail Blazers Tickets: avg. $307
- Second Round Playoff Tickets: avg. $235
If you start looking at the Spurs Blazers match-up position player for player you see some incredible similarities between the teams. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan at point guard and power forward, form one of the great one-two punches at those positions of all time. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge have charged onto the scene in the last two years, and you could argue they’re the best point guard/big man combo in the league today. Both teams have valuable and scrappy defensive-minded players on the wing in Wesley Mathews and Kawhi Leonard, and both get big production on the offense end from foreign swing men – Manu Ginobili and Nicolas Batum. The Spurs have the advantage of playoff experience and homecourt, but the Blazers come in with loads of confidence and swagger after Lillard’s heroics propelled them into the Conference Semifinals.
|Date||Time||NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Trail Blazers vs. Spurs||Venue||Avg.|
|05/06/14||8:30PM||Trail Blazers at Spurs – HG 1 – Game 1||AT&T Center||$109.65|
|05/08/14||8:30PM||Trail Blazers at Spurs – HG 2 – Game 2||AT&T Center||$128.02|
|05/10/14||7:30PM||Spurs at Trail Blazers – HG 1 – Game 3||Moda Center at the Rose Garden||$291.11|
|05/12/14||7:30PM||Spurs at Trail Blazers – HG 2 – Game 4||Moda Center at the Rose Garden||$299.48|
|05/14/14||TBD||Trail Blazers at Spurs – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$345.32|
|05/16/14||TBD||Spurs at Trail Blazers – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||Moda Center at the Rose Garden||$341.66|
|05/19/14||TBD||Trail Blazers at Spurs – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||AT&T Center||$559.25|
Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3)
- Oklahoma City Thunder Tickets: avg. $231
- Los Angeles Clippers Tickets: avg. $358
- Second Round Playoff Tickets: avg. $327
After being down 3-2, Kevin Durant showed he’s an MVP frontrunner by scoring 30+ in the last two games to close out the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, in LA, Blake Griffin and the Clippers had Lob City in full effect as they took care of business against Golden State. This match-up should be a treat if you like up-tempo basketball as both teams were among the leagues best at scoring points during the regular season. All eyes will be on Griffin and Durant as well as an incredible point guard match-up between Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook (who already has two triple doubles in these playoffs).
|Date||Time||NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Clippers vs. Thunder||Venue||Avg.|
|05/05/14||8:30PM||Clippers at Thunder – HG 1 – Game 1||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$186.41|
|05/07/14||8:30PM||Clippers at Thunder – HG 2 – Game 2||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$214.23|
|05/09/14||7:30PM||Thunder at Clippers – HG 1 – Game 3||Staples Center||$365.59|
|05/11/14||12:30PM||Thunder at Clippers – HG 2 – Game 4||Staples Center||$352.63|
|05/13/14||TBD||Clippers at Thunder – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$320.00|
|05/15/14||TBD||Thunder at Clippers – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||Staples Center||$357.20|
|05/18/14||TBD||Clippers at Thunder – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||Chesapeake Energy Arena||$421.06|
EASTERN CONFERENCE Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Washington Wizards (5)
- Indiana Pacers Tickets: avg. $104
- Washington Wizards Tickets: avg. $350
- Second Round Playoff Tickets: avg. $213
Maybe Indiana is just trying to pace themselves through this postseason? Nearly losing in seven games to the No. 8 Hawks is a distant memory for the Pacers who immediately turned their attention to the Washington Wizards following Saturday’s Game 7 win. Looking to get back to their dominating defensive ways against arguably the best young backcourt in the league, George Hill and the Pacers will try to once again hold John Wall to around 34 percent shooting. However, it may not be as streamlined as before – if Washington can come out with guns blazing and make the pace theirs as they did against Chicago, they may just take the pace out of Pacers and wiz right into the Conference Finals.
|Date||Time||NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Wizards vs. Pacers||Venue||Avg.|
|05/05/14||7:00PM||Wizards at Pacers – HG 1 – Game 1||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$50.45|
|05/07/14||7:00PM||Wizards at Pacers – HG 2 – Game 2||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$73.45|
|05/09/14||8:00PM||Pacers at Wizards – HG 1 – Game 3||Verizon Center-DC||$271.34|
|05/11/14||8:00PM||Pacers at Wizards – HG 2 – Game 4||Verizon Center-DC||$351.74|
|05/13/14||TBD||Wizards at Pacers – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$121.14|
|05/15/14||TBD||Pacers at Wizards – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||Verizon Center-DC||$424.54|
|05/18/14||TBD||Wizards at Pacers – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||$192.30|
Miami Heat (2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6)
- Miami Heat Tickets: avg. $409 (4)
- Brooklyn Nets Tickets: avg. $408 (3)
- Second Round Playoff Tickets: avg. $409
Based on the regular season meetings between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, fans are in for some close Conference Semifinals games! While the Nets won all four battles, three of those victories were by one point, with the fourth coming in double-overtime. Couple that with the competitive nature among the veterans on both squads (dating back to the Celtics-Heat rivalry) and the fact that both the Heat and Nets boasted one of the top regular-season ticket prices, and you have the formula for the most in-demand series of the second round.
|Date||Time||NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals: Nets vs. Heat||Venue||Avg.|
|05/06/14||7:00PM||Nets at Heat – HG 1 – Game 1||American Airlines Arena||$287.34|
|05/08/14||7:00PM||Nets at Heat – HG 2 – Game 2||American Airlines Arena||$303.18|
|05/10/14||8:00PM||Heat at Nets – HG 1 – Game 3||Barclays Center||$403.70|
|05/12/14||8:00PM||Heat at Nets – HG 2 – Game 4||Barclays Center||$413.49|
|05/14/14||TBD||Nets at Heat – HG 3 – Game 5 (If Nec.)||American Airlines Arena||$375.37|
|05/16/14||TBD||Heat at Nets – HG 3 – Game 6 (If Nec.)||Barclays Center||$403.61|
|05/18/14||TBD||Nets at Heat – HG 4 – Game 7 (If Nec.)||American Airlines Arena||$987.03|
2014 NBA Playoffs Tickets – First Round
Two days before the NBA Playoffs begin, we’ve noticed eerily similar storylines to the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of course there is the best-of-seven format with the higher seed getting home-court advantage (playing Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 if necessary at home). Like the NHL, eleven of last year’s sixteen 2013 NBA Playoff teams are back in the postseason this year. There’s more. The average price of opening round NHL Playoff tickets is $233, the average price of first round NBA playoff tickets is just $3 more at $236 (both saw a decline over last year). Did you notice that three of this year’s sixteen teams are from the Lone Star state (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio)? Well the NHL has a trio of its own in the nation’s second largest state California (San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim). And just like in hockey (Sharks, Kings), two California rivals will go head-to-head in the first round of the NBA playoffs (Warriors, Clippers). We dug just a bit deeper and discovered that the close proximity between neighboring bitter rivals Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins was driving the price of NHL playoff tickets up; same is true with the Texas matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks (4 hours). Last year, San Antonio Spurs playoff tickets in the first round averaged $84, 2014 prices are more than double at $179 (each averaged over four home games). Lastly (can you believe there is more?), just as the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will face off in the first round of the playoffs after meeting in last year’s second round, so too will the Memphis Grizzlies and OKC Thunder. Have we set the stage for you? This year’s 2014 NBA Playoffs are sure to get off to an exciting start and yet ticket prices are down 10 percent over last year. In 2013, the New York Knicks had the most expensive opening round tickets; that would have held true in 2014 had the New Yorkers made the postseason. Instead, another big market team is ruling the secondary ticket market; that being Toronto (avg. $337). The cheapest 2013 NBA playoff tickets in the first round were owned by the San Antonio Spurs; one year later, that title is held by another small-market team Memphis (avg. $171). Like the NHL, the Eastern Conference is considered weaker than their West counterparts; but different, Western Conference NBA playoff tickets (avg. $239) are more expensive than Eastern Conference NBA playoff tickets (avg. $234).
- Most Expensive First Round Series: Heat vs. Bobcats (avg. $285)
- Most Expensive First Round Game in Series: Game 7 (avg. $447)
- Most Expensive NHL Team: Toronto Raptors (avg. $337)
- Cheapest First Round Series: Pacers vs. Hawks (avg. $188)
- Cheapest First Round Game in Series: Game 2 (avg. $159)
- Cheapest NHL Team: Memphis Grizzlies (avg. $171)
When comparing NBA playoff ticket prices of the teams that made the postseason both in 2013 and 2014, the Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and OKC Thunder saw a drop in average price. The fall in price for the Houston Rockets and OKC Thunder can be attributed to the James Harden factor; the two teams faced off in the first round of the playoffs last year. Both the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies had home-court advantage last season; their prices were therefore inflated with a potential game 7, meaning the average price in 2013 spanned four games, where their average price in 2014 covers just three. While back-to-back championships may have been intriguing, a three-peat is showing to be less captivating as Miami Heat playoff tickets in the first round are down 28 percent.
|NBA Playoff Team||Avg. Price 2013||No. HG||Avg. Price 2014||No. HG|
|Los Angeles Clippers||$228.99||4||$277.86||4|
|San Antonio Spurs||$84.38||4||$179.37||4|
HG = Home Game
San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8)
- Regular-season record: 4-0 (San Antonio)
- San Antonio Spurs Tickets: $179 (4)
- Dallas Mavericks Tickets: $254 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $211
For over a decade these Southwest Division rivals have battled for Western Conference supremacy. This rivalry, between two cities less than 300 miles apart, boasts two of the best power forwards of all time Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki. These veteran laden teams know what it takes to advance in the NBA Playoffs and are used to making deep runs. The Spurs have home court advantage and may also have a confidence advantage after sweeping the season series (winning each game by an average of 9 points).
Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7)
- Regular-season record: 3-1 (OKC)
- OKC Thunder Tickets: $284 (4)
- Memphis Grizzlies Tickets: $171 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $207
The Thunder and Grizzlies have some recent history in the NBA Playoffs. In 2011, the Thunder outlasted the Grizzlies in 7 games in the Conference Semis before losing to the Mavericks in the next round. Last year, the Grizzlies returned the favor by bouncing the Thunder in the Semis before losing to the Spurs. The Thunder believe that they are ready to make another run at the NBA Title now that Russell Westbrook has them back at full strength, but the Grizzlies are finally healthy making them as formidable a 7 seed as you’ll ever see.
Los Angeles Clippers (3) vs. Golden State Warriors (6)
- Regular-season record: 2-2
- Los Angeles Clippers Tickets: $278 (4)
- Golden State Warriors Tickets: $264 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $272
This series between California foes should be an exciting and high scoring affair. The Clippers lead the league averaging 107.9 points per game and the Warriors weren’t far behind at 104.3. The teams split their season series 2-2 and there was a lot of scoring, pushing, and shoving (always involving Blake Griffin) along the way. If the classic we saw on Christmas Day is any indication, we’re in for a great series on the West Coast.
Houston Rockets (4) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5)
- Regular-season record: 3-1 (Houston)
- Houston Rockets Tickets: $241 (4)
- Portland Trail Blazers Tickets: $181 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $219
In the four games this season when these teams met, neither could hold the other under 100 points. In fact, on average these teams combined for 225.5 points per game in those games. Both teams have All Stars on the perimeter (James Harden and Damian Lillard) and in the post (LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard) so there will be plenty of talent to watch in this series.
EASTERN CONFERENCE Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (8)
- Regular-season record: 2-2
- Indiana Pacers Tickets: $194 (4)
- Atlanta Hawks Tickets: $176 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $188
The Pacers have an eye on the NBA Finals now that they have secured home-court-advantage through the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Meanwhile, the Hawks are hungry to prove that they deserve to be in the Playoffs despite their 38-44 regular-season record. This could be a competitive series as the Hawks beat the Pacers twice this year including a 19 point blowout on April 6.
Miami Heat (2) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7)
- Regular-season record: 4-0 (Miami)
- Miami Heat Tickets: $301 (4)
- Charlotte Bobcats Tickets: $264 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $285
The Heat will begin their quest to three-peat as NBA Champions against the Bobcats who are still seeking their first playoff victory in the history of the franchise. They have a big-time post scorer in Al Jefferson who can give the Heat fits, but winning more than a game or two will be a tall order for the Bobcats. The Heat swept the season series, and LeBron and co. obviously have much more playoff experience.
Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6)
- Regular-season record: 2-2
- Toronto Raptors Tickets: $337 (4)
- Brooklyn Nets Tickets: $228 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $249
There were big expectations for the Nets in their first year in Brooklyn and fans are still optimistic that their veteran laden squad can make a playoff push. Standing in their way are the young and talented Toronto Raptors who flipped their record from 34-48 last year to 48-34 this year. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both had huge seasons for the Raptors and could cause fits for Brooklyn’s backcourt. The Nets have the advantage of having individual playoff experience, but will that be enough to knock off the Raptors?
Chicago Bulls (4) vs. Washington Wizards (5)
- Regular-season record: 2-1 (Washington)
- Chicago Bulls Tickets: $210 (4)
- Washington Wizards Tickets: $191 (3)
- First Round Playoff Tickets: $200
John Wall may be the fastest player end-to-end in the NBA, but the Bulls pride themselves on slowing people down. The Bulls have the lowest-scoring offense in the NBA and rely on their defense, which ranks first in opponent’s points per game (91.8). The Wizards, who are in the Playoffs for the first time since 2008, have multiple scorers so the Bulls will have to defend all over the court and bring their best effort on offense or this could be a first-round upset and a big boost for the Wizards franchise.