(UPDATE 4-23-15) Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans will be played Thursday night at Smoothie King Center. New Orleans will be heading home in a 2-0 deficit after dropping the first two games of the series at Oracle Arena. Down 2-0, Pelicans playoff tickets will be much less expensive than the first two games in Oakland. The average price for Games 3 and 4 is just $160.18, down 59% from the average price of Game 1 and 2 in New Orleans. Basketball-reference.com gives the Warriors a 98 percent chance of winning the series, the second highest probability for a playoff team after two games.
2015 Warriors vs Pelicans Tickets Now 53% Higher at Oracle Arena Than Smoothie King Center
(UPDATE 4-20-2015) There’s not much that can stop the Golden State Warriors right now. A 106-99 put the Warriors up 1-0 in their first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans. Game 2 will be played at Oracle Arena on Monday night and Warriors playoff tickets have an average price of $226.56, down 41.8% from the average price of Game 1. Even with declining prices for Game 2, secondary market prices will be 53% more expensive than in New Orleans. Pelicans playoff tickets have an average price of $235.03 across Games 3, 4 and 6 at the Smoothie King Center.
Throughout the 2014-15 NBA regular season, the Golden State Warriors were the team to beat. They completed a 67-win season, seven more wins than the Atlanta Hawks, who had the second highest win total in the NBA. The Warriors easily clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and will hold home court advantage for however long they last in the NBA Playoffs.
That home court advantage will cost some fans looking for Warriors playoff tickets on the secondary market. Across the four potential games the Warriors could host at Oracle Arena, the average price for Warriors tickets is currently $441.98. Golden State easily had the most expensive secondary market average price during the regular season, the only team with an average exceeding $300. Still playoff tickets hold a 35% premium over the $327 regular season average.
Warriors tickets during the first will also be 22% more expensive than the average across last year’s first round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors came into that series as the No. 6 seed and ultimately fell to Los Angeles in seven games.
It won’t be nearly as expensive to see games during this first round series at the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. Warriors playoff tickets are currently 149% more expensive than secondary market prices for games at Smoothie King Arena.
Pelicans tickets have an average price of $177.59 across three potential home games. After New Orleans defeated the San Antonio Spurs on the final night of the regular season, they edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Only a potential Game 6 for New Orleans holds a average secondary market price above $200. Game 3 currently has an average price of $162.95 while the average for Game 4 is $152.30. Fans in New Orleans can get into those games for as low as $47 and $46, respectively. The Pelicans’ regular season average was $99, marking a 79.3% premium for Pelicans playoff tickets.