At $332, the average asking price for a ticket to a Houston Rockets playoff game is the most expensive since TicketIQ.com began tracking data in 2011. And why not? The Rockets won the West, finishing seven games ahead of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and have the best record in the league.
The Rockets won 65 games, and while that’s not enough to put them in the league history books, a .793 winning percentage is nothing to sneeze at. Tickets to see the Rockets host the Minnesota Timberwolves starting on Sunday are the fourth highest in the NBA, according to TicketIQ. The average asking price for Rockets home games is behind only the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors ($538), the Oklahoma City Thunder ($470) and the Toronto Raptors ($392). For comparison, the least expensive average asking price for a home playoff game is $148 in Minnesota.
Houston enters the playoffs among the favorites to win it all (+160), though they have to get past Golden State, which is the odds-on favorite at +135. The Rockets domination comes just a year after finishing third in the West and winning 55 games.
The Rockets continued to launch, well, rockets, all season, breaking the NBA record for treys that they set last year. Houston sunk 1,184 3-pointers this season, but maybe more impressive – and scary for Minnesota – is that Houston made 46.5 percent of their attempts.
With such an exciting team to watch, it’s no wonder that prices for the playoffs are up. Only one of the Rockets scheduled home games – Game 2 – is currently available for under $300. And inventory is fairly low, with less than 2,100 tickets remaining on the secondary market for every Houston home game, and less than 800 remaining for a possible Game 7.
This season marks the sixth consecutive time that the Rockets have qualified for the post season. They advanced to the Conference Finals in 2015-16, before losing to the Warriors, but haven’t gotten past the Conference Semifinals since.