Surprise, Surprise: The Warriors & Lakers Dominate This Week's Most Expensive NBA Games List
February 29, 2016
At this point, it's plain silly watching the Golden State Warriors night in and night out. And if you really want to watch the team live, it's even sillier how big the demand is for tickets along both at Oracle Arena and on the road. The team is on pace to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls all-time record of 72-10 and took their latest win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in jaw-dropping fashion. Steph Curry and Co. are heavy favorites to repeat as NBA champs, but they aren't the only team posting big numbers on the secondary market this week.
Enter Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, who despite their Western Conference-worst 11-49 record have played to sellout crowds all season long. Bryant will retire following the season, and his allure as his career winds down is a direct factor in those big ticket prices. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Lakers and Warriors' meeting at Staples Center on Sunday is the most expensive NBA game this week.
Check out the complete list of this week's top games below, with data provided by TicketIQ:
3/06/16 Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors | Avg. Price: $650.05 | Get-in: $247.50
The best team in the league will meet the worst team in the West on Sunday, but the Warriors' final visit to Staples Center this season is drawing huge ticket demand. The average price for Los Angeles Lakers tickets against the Warriors is $650.05 on the secondary market. If looking just to get in the cheapest ticket is listed for $247.50.
3/03/16 Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder | Avg. Price: $538.08 | Get-in: $137
After Saturday's overtime win in Oklahoma City the Warriors return home to host the Thunder in the second most expensive game this week on Thursday. Golden State Warriors tickets on the secondary market average $538.08 against the Thunder. The get-in price is $137. Expect more heroics from Curry, who put the nail in the coffin with a 32-footer from the parking lot last weekend.
3/02/16 Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers | Avg. Price: $359.47 | Get-in: $46
It will be a cellar-dwelling affair in Denver on Wednesday when the Nuggets host the Lakers at Pepsi Center. At 23-36 the Nuggets control the 12th spot in the West and sit 5.5 games behind the eighth-place Houston Rockets. Still, Bryant's presence will once again generate allure in the Mile High City, and Denver Nuggets tickets against the Lakers currently average $359.47 and the get-in price is $46 on the resale market.
3/04/16 Los Angeles Lakers vs Atlanta Hawks | Avg. Price: $307.54 | Get-in: $81
The Lakers round things off on the top games list this Friday when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Los Angeles. With the Hawks looking forward to a playoff push at 33-27 on the season, Friday's game will be the first and only time they make the coast-to-coast trip to play the Lakers. Tickets for the game average $307.54 and the get-in price is $81 on the secondary market.