Never have the Atlanta Hawks hosted a Conference Finals game. The Hawks moved from St. Louis to Atlanta before the 1968-69 season. Before the 2014-15 season, Atlanta had made the second round of the NBA Playoffs 12 times, but never won. That changed when the Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards in six games during the semifinals. They will host their first Conference Finals game on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With so much anticipation for a home Conference Finals game, it’s no surprise there’s a high cost for Hawks playoff tickets on the secondary market. The current average price for Game 1 is $384.74, 137% above the regular season average for Hawks home games in 2014-15. The get-in price for the game is $84.
Cleveland hasn’t been to the Conference Finals since the 2008-09, LeBron James’ second to last season during his first run as a Cavalier. The Cavaliers, in existence since the 1970-71 season have only been the the Eastern Conference Finals four times in franchise history. They have never won an NBA title. Cavaliers playoff tickets will also be on the pricy side when the series shifts to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3. The current average price for that game is $376.02 on the secondary market, just 2.3% below the average for Game 1 in Atlanta. The get-in price, however, is more expensive than Atlanta’s opening game at $104.
Both teams see prices increase for their second home game of the series. Hawks tickets for Game 2 currently have an average price of $500.22, 30% above the average for Game 1. Game 4 in Cleveland has an average price of $512.92, 36.4% above the average for Game 3.
The Hawks went 3-1 against the Cavaliers during the regular season. Only four other teams were able to defeat Cleveland more than one — the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. The series is expected to be closely contested, which could also help drive already high secondary market prices up even more.