NBA Tickets Midseason Report: Warriors & Lakers Still Most Expensive, Raptors & Celtics Prices Climbing
February 7, 2019
Top Five Price Increases
Toronto Raptors: The biggest mover among teams that had a price increase between the start of the season and the midway point, Raptors tickets rose nearly 44% from $178 to $256. In terms of overall rankings, Toronto moved from the No. 10 most expensive ticket to No. 5.
Boston Celtics: The Celtics had a first-half increase of almost 22%, moving them from having the No. 5 most priciest ticket to No. 3, behind only the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, the only two teams with ticket averages higher than $500. Boston tickets cost an average of $274 now, versus $225 at the start of the season.
Portland Trail Blazers: Portland isn’t fighting for a spot among the Top 10 priciest tickets, but the average asking price jumped nearly 21%, the third biggest increase, and that moved the Blazers from having one of the cheapest tickets in the league to the middle of the pack. The Blazers started the season ranked No. 27 in terms of ticket price with a $92 average asking price, but moved up six spots to No. 21 with a $111 average asking price.
Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee’s 15% increase in average asking price put it among the Top 10 most expensive tickets in the league. Currently ranked No. 9 in terms of price, the average asking price for a Bucks ticket moved from $153 to $176 during the first half. Milwaukee started the season ranked No. 12 in terms of average asking price.
Golden State Warriors: The priciest ticket in the NBA got even pricier during the first half. The Warriors started the season ranked No. 1 in terms of average asking price and stayed there, as the average asking price moved from $463 at the start of the season to $522 at the midway point. The only other team with an average asking price of more than $500 is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are currently commanding $514.
Just missing the top five: Los Angeles Lakers (+11.3%), Houston Rockets (+9.9%), Dallas Mavericks (9.7%)
Bottom Five Price Drops
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls are first in the NBA … but in a category they probably don’t want to lead. The average asking price for a Chicago ticket dropped just over 50% in the first half, from $247 to $123. The Bulls started the season with the fourth priciest ticket in the league and, but dropped 15 spots and were ranked No. 19 by the midway point.
Sacramento Kings: Not far behind the Bulls, Sacramento watched its average asking price plummet by just under 50% through the first half. Ranked No. 18 at the start of the season with a $127 average asking price, a Kings ticket is now averaging $64, making it the second cheapest in the league.
Detroit Pistons: The average asking price for a Pistons ticket was the cheapest in the NBA at the start of the season and again at the midway point. But the average asking price hasn’t been static – it fell nearly 24% from $76 to $58 between the start of the season and February 7th.
San Antonio Spurs: With a drop of nearly 22 percent in average asking price, San Antonio had the fourth biggest decline in ticket prices during the first half of the season. The Spurs started the season ranked No. 7 in terms of average asking price, and are now ranked No. 12 as prices fell from $197 to $154.
Philadelphia 76ers: Philadelphia is till in the Top 10 in terms of average asking price, but just by a hair. The Sixers watched ticket prices fall just over 11% from $192 at the start of the season to $170 by February 7th. Philadelphia was ranked No. 8 in terms of average asking price at the start of the season, but was at No. 10 by the halfway point.
Just missing the bottom five: Charlotte Hornets (-11.4%), New Orleans Pelicans (-10.7%), Washington Wizards (-10.6%)