The Philadelphia 76ers may have finished the regular season third in the Eastern Conference, but fans are rallying a team that qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12 in a big way.
On the secondary market the average get-in price for tickets to a Sixers playoff game at home isn’t just the highest in the NBA, but at $105 it is five times the current average get-in price to the see the Cleveland Cavaliers in a home playoff game. The Cavs, who won the 2016 NBA championship, lost to Golden State in the Finals last year.
Philadelphia hosts the Miami Heat beginning Saturday while the Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers, also beginning Saturday.
Secondary market tickets to the 76ers are at $15 more than the average get-in price for Warriors home games ($90). The next highest get-in price for a home-game ticket is for the Toronto Raptors ($88).
Sixers fans are clearly anxious to see their team in the post season. Besides having the highest get-in price, the current average asking price for a Philadelphia 76ers ticket is $380, making it the fourth priciest in the league. The Warriors are currently commanding the highest asking price, at $538 while the next most expensive is for the Oklahoma City Thunder ($470). The remaining playoff teams all have average asking prices below $392. The average asking price for the entire Philadelphia-Miami series is $334 and the single priciest game is Game 7 with an average list price of $587.
Interestingly, the Cavs, among the most popular teams in the NBA, have an average asking price of only $168, 14th among the 16 qualifiers.
Though the Sixers-Heat is a No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup, Miami shouldn’t be underestimated. The Heat has more depth than the Sixers and it will be an interesting study to see if fast and defensive (Sixers) can beat out methodical (Heat). Philadelphia is riding a 16-game win streak into the playoffs.