Market Report: 2018 NBA Playoff Tickets

Toronto and Houston as the No. 1 seeds? This NBA Finals might not be what we’ve all grown used to. Yes, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are still in the mix in the second round, but this might be the first year since 2014 that both teams don’t get to the finals. That said, it appears more likely that Cleveland won’t make it out of the East than that Golden State won’t make it out of the West.

The most expensive series in the second round of the NBA Finals is, not surprisingly, the New Orleans-Golden State series. According to TicketIQ.com, the average asking price on the secondary market for the series is $568.60. And the most expensive arena to see any second-round series in is the Warriors’ Oracle Arena, where the average asking price is $667.69. On the flip side, the cheapest second-round series is Toronto-Cleveland, which has an average asking price on the secondary market of $363. A ticket to a Cleveland home game averages $229.33, the least expensive of any of the eight sites.

Many of the usual suspects are still playing – Golden State, Cleveland, Boston – but there are also some somewhat unfamiliar faces – New Orleans and Philadelphia among them. For a look at tickets prices and matchups, TicketIQ has you covered.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (2) Boston Celtics – Series Avg.: $431 | Avg. in Philadelphia: $484 | Avg. in Boston: $392

The Celtics needed a Game 7 to dispense with the Milwaukee Bucks – not having Kyrie Irving was a key factor in how Boston struggled. Without Irving, the Celtics lack depth and that will hurt against the 76ers, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2011-12. Philadelphia needed only five games to beat the Heat in the opening round, so they’re rested and have won 20 of their last 21 games. But don’t expect the second-best team in the East (behind Toronto during the regular season) to be a pushover. Boston’s young, but it has plenty of tradition – and Brad Stevens, who made magic at Butler, so why not in Boston?

  • Game 1: Mon. Apr 30 - Philadelphia at Boston, 8:00 p.m. - Avg Price: $208 | Get-In Price: $53
  • Game 2: Thu. May 3 - Philadelphia at Boston, 8:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $271 | Get-In Price: $54
  • Game 3: Sat. May 5 - Boston at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. - Avg Price: $454 | Get-In Price: $150
  • Game 4: Mon. May 7 - Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. - Avg Price: $372 | Get-In Price: $128
  • *Game 5: Wed. May 9 - Philadelphia at Boston, TBA - Avg Price: $439 | Get-In Price: $118
  • *Game 6: Fri. May 11 - Boston at Philadelphia, TBA - Avg Price: $627 | Get-In Price: $175
  • *Game 7: Sun. May 13 - Philadelphia at Boston, TBA - Avg Price: $649 | Get-In Price: $152

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (1) Toronto Raptors – Series Avg. $363 | Avg. in Cleveland: $229 | Avg. in Toronto: $463

Both of these teams took the long way to the second round – the Cavs needed seven games to beat Indiana while the Raptors needed six to eliminate Washington. So, what now? These teams are no strangers when it comes to the playoffs – Cleveland has twice eliminated Toronto – and the Cavs won the season series, 2-1. But Toronto was the best team in the East during the regular season and with Fred VanFleet back, they’ve added some depth. That said, LeBron James turned it on in the first round, averaging 34.4 points (and 10.1 rebounds), and the Raptors will have rookie OG Anunoby defending him.

  • Game 1: Tues. May 1 Cleveland at Toronto, 8 p.m. - Avg Price: $390 | Get-In Price: $130
  • Game 2: Thu.  May 3 Cleveland at Toronto, 6 p.m. - Avg Price: $387 | Get-In Price: $128
  • Game 3: Sat.  May 5 Toronto at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $230 | Get-In Price: $57
  • Game 4: Mon. May 7 Toronto at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $178 | Get-In Price: $43
  • *Game 5: Wed. May 9 Cleveland at Toronto, TBA - Avg Price: $491 | Get-In Price: $136
  • *Game 6: Fri. May 11 Toronto at Cleveland, TBA - Avg Price: $280 | Get-In Price: $55
  • *Game 7: Sun. May 13 Cleveland at Toronto, TBA - Avg Price: $585 | Get-In Price: $150

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(5) Utah Jazz vs. (1) Houston Rockets – Series Avg. $482 | Utah Avg.: $399 | Houston Avg.: $565

The Rockets had little trouble dispatching Minnesota in five games, and continued to be wildly successful from behind the three-point line (92 made, 37 percent shooting), which will be a key factor in this series. The Jazz needed six games to finish off Oklahoma City, but shouldn’t be underestimated – since getting Rudy Gobert back at the beginning of the year, the Jazz and the Rockets were the top two teams in the West in the second half. As in the first round, the Jazz will rely on rookie Donovan Mitchell, who became only the second rookie (the first was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to score at least 20 points per game in his first six playoff games. But don’t let that number fool you – it was Mitchell’s 38-point breakout game that carried the Jazz into the second round.

  • Game 1: Sun. Apr 29 - Utah @ Houston, 3:30 p.m.- Avg Price: $272 | Get-In Price: $57
  • Game 2: Wed. May  2  Utah at Houston, 8 p.m.- Avg Price: $264 | Get-In Price: $58
  • Game 3: Fri.   May 4  Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m.- Avg Price: $335 | Get-In Price: $89
  • Game 4: Sun. May 6 Houston at Utah, 8 p.m.- Avg Price: $316 | Get-In Price: $85
  • *Game 5: Tue. May 8 Utah at Houston, TBA, - Avg Price: $750 | Get-In Price: $88
  • *Game 6: Thu. May 10 Houston at Utah, TBA,- Avg Price: $545 | Get-In Price: $120
  • *Game 7: Mon. May 14 Utah at Houston, TBA,- Avg Price: $680 | Get-In Price: $149

(6) New Orleans Pelicanss vs. (2) Golden State Warriors – Series Avg.: $569 | New Orleans Avg.: $436 | Golden State Avg. : $668

It’s likely no one banked on the Pelicans being here. But New Orleans swept No. 3 Portland in the opening round, only to have to take on a giant. The Warriors led the league in six different categories during the regular season and dispensed with San Antonio in five games. If the Pelicans have a shot at unseating the defending NBA champs, they’ll have to rely heavily on Anthony Davis – who averaged 33 points per game in three regular-season games against Golden State – and control the tempo. New Orleans like an up-tempo game, but then so does Golden State. The question won’t be about pace, but more about which team is “on” on any given night.

  • Game 1: Sat. April 28 - New Orleans at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $621 | Get-In Price: $145
  • Game 2: Tue. May 1 - New Orleans at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $566 | Get-In Price: $110
  • Game 3: Fri. May 4 - Golden State at New Orleans, 8 pm. - Avg Price: $351 | Get-In Price: $82
  • Game 4: Sun. May 6 - Golden State at New Orleans, 3:30 p.m. - Avg Price: $315 | Get-In Price: $80
  • *Game 5: Tue. May 8 - New Orleans at Golden State, TBA - Avg Price: $588 | Get-In Price: $123
  • *Game 6: Thu. May 10 - Golden State at New Orleans, TBA - Avg Price: $643 | Get-In Price: $109
  • *Game 7: Mon. May 14 - New Orleans at Golden State, TBA - Avg Price: $896 | Get-In Price: $150

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards - Series Avg: $324 | Avg In Toronto: $392 | Avg In Washington: $234

The last time these teams met in the post season, Washington was the surprise winner in four games. Can the Wizards do it again? It would be a monumental upset if they did. After all, the Raptors are the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history and finished the season 59-23. Washington, playing without John Wall for much of the season, is at the other end of the scale. The Wizards barely made it into the playoffs, but they’ll have Wall back. The biggest question mark for the series is if the Raptors can continue to sizzle or if the lackluster Toronto of past playoffs shows up. Game 1 tips off Saturday.

  • Game 1: Sat. April 14 Washington at Toronto. 5:30 p.m. -  Avg: $416 | Get-in: $98
  • Game 2: Tue. April 17 Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. -  Avg: $360 | Get-in: $88
  • Game 3: Fri. April 20 Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $164 | Get-in: $31
  • Game 4: Sun. April 22 Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m. -  Avg: $205 | Get-in: $38
  • *Game 5: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD -  Avg: $357 | Get-in: $96
  • Game 6: Fri. April 27 Toronto at Washington, TBD -  Avg: $332 | Get-in: $40
  • *Game 7: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD -  Avg: $434 | Get-in: $105

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks - Series Avg: $264 | Avg In Boston: $339 | Avg In Milwaukee: $163

The Celtics had the second-best record in the East behind Toronto while the Bucks are the No. 7. This series is likely a bit of a mismatch with the Celtics playing strong defense and being tough to defend against because they have so many different offensive options. The Bucks rely almost solely on Giannis Antetokounmpo, so if Boston can shut him down, the Bucks won’t have a chance. During the regular season, the teams split their series, 2-2. The series tips off Sunday.

  • Game 1: Sun. April 15 Milwaukee at Boston, 1 p.m. -  Avg: $254 | Get-in: $56
  • Game 2: Tue, April 17 Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $224 | Get-in: $47
  • Game 3: Fri. April 20 Boston at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m. -  Avg: $135 | Get-in: $34
  • Game 4: Sun. April 22 Boston at Milwaukee, 1 p.m. -  Avg: $121 | Get-in: $29
  • *Game 5: Tue. April 24 Milwaukee at Boston, TBD -  Avg: $394 | Get-in: $50
  • *Game 6: Thu. April 26 Boston at Milwaukee, TBD -  Avg: $234 | Get-in: $40
  • *Game 7: Sat. April 28 Milwaukee at Boston, TBD -  Avg: $484 | Get-in: $68

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat - Series Avg: $334 | Avg In Philadelphia: $380 | Avg In Miami: $272

Talk about two teams that don’t match up well. This series will go to the team that can keep on doing what it does – for the 76ers that means playing fast and dominating on defense, and for the Heat that means grinding and controlling the pace. Miami, the No. 6 seed, brings plenty of playoff experience to the floor while the 76ers, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2011-12, do have some veterans, but as a team lack playoff minutes. A big question for the 76ers is Joel Embiid’s availability – the center will definitely miss Game 1 with an eye injury, but could be back as soon as Game 2. These teams split their season series, 2-2. Game 1 tips off Saturday.

  • Game 1: Sat. April 14 Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $286 | Get-in: $118
  • Game 2: Mon. April 16 Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $385 | Get-in: $95
  • Game 3: Thu. April 19 Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m. -  Avg: $262 | Get-in: $47
  • Game 4: Sat. April 21 Philadelphia at Miami, 2:30 p.m. -  Avg: $271 | Get-in: $52
  • *Game 5: Tue. April 24 Miami at Philadelphia, TBD -  Avg: $263 | Get-in: $103
  • *Game 6: Thu. April 26 Philadelphia at Miami, TBD -  Avg: $226 | Get-in: $51
  • *Game 7: Sat. April 28 Miami at Philadelphia, TBD -  Avg: $587 | Get-in: $159

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers - Series Avg: $194 | Avg In Cleveland: $168 | Avg In Indiana: $228

As the 2016 NBA champs and 2017 runners-up, Cleveland has become NBA royalty. That said, Cleveland was nowhere near the top of the heap this season, finishing fourth in the East – and forcing a rematch of last year’s Pacers-Cavs opening-round series. The Cavs finished fourth for the first time since 2008 and have had a disappointing season. Finding a consistent offense has been nearly impossible – though they are still No. 5 in the league with 110.9 points per game. But the Pacers enter the post season on a wholly different page. While they don’t look as good as the Cavs on paper, the Pacers beat the Cavs three series out of four during the regular season. How? By controlling the tempo – Indiana’s fast-paced offense is tough to handle, and Cleveland has one of weakest defenses in the league – ranking No. 23 in rebounding. The series tips off Sunday.

  • Game 1: Sun. April 15 Indiana at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m. -  Avg: $165 | Get-in: $32
  • Game 2: Wed. April 18 Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. -  Avg: $114 | Get-in: $19
  • Game 3: Fri. April 20 Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m. -  Avg: $247 | Get-in: $60
  • Game 4: Sun. April 22 Cleveland at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. -  Avg: $220 | Get-in: $46
  • *Game 5: Wed. April 25 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD -  Avg: $167 | Get-in: $30
  • *Game 6: Fri. April 27 Cleveland at Indiana, TBD -  Avg: $218 | Get-in: $55
  • *Game 7: Sun. April 29 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD -  Avg: $226 | Get-in: $54

WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves - Series Avg: $262 | Avg In Houston: $347 | Average in Minnesota: $148

What to say? The Rockets clinched a playoff spot what seems like ages ago and the Timberwolves didn’t even know if they would make the playoffs until scoring an OT win on the final day of the season. Certainly, Houston will continue its stunning season – they won 65 games, finished atop the West and broke their own NBA 3-point scoring record. The ‘Wolves? Well, they’re just happy to be in the post season after a 13-year drought. Enough said. The series tips off Sunday.

  • Game 1: Sun. April 15 Minnesota at Houston, 9 p.m. -  Avg: $359 | Get-in: $68
  • Game 2: Wed. April 18 Minnesota at Houston, 9:30 p.m. -  Avg: $273 | Get-in: $64
  • Game 3: Sat. April 21 Houston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. -  Avg: $137 | Get-in: $56
  • Game 4: Mon. April 23 Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $131 | Get-in:  $50
  • *Game 5: Wed. April 25 Minnesota at Houston, TBD -  Avg: $329 | Get-in: $68
  • *Game 6: Fri. April 27 Houston at Minnesota, TBD -  Avg: $176 | Get-in: $56
  • *Game 7: Sun. April 29 Minnesota at Houston, TBD -  Avg: $427 | Get-in: $126

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs - Series Avg: $405 | Avg In Golden State: $538 | Avg In San Antonio: $227

If Saturday’s San Antonio-Golden State series feels like a rerun that’s because it is. Golden State swept San Antonio in the Conference Championship last season. The Spurs, who are the No. 7 seed, are most definitely looking for revenge, but that will be hard to get. The Warriors lead the league in six different categories while the Spurs are in the top five in blocks. The Warriors won three of four regular-season meetings. Suffice to say, it’s a down year for the Spurs and when the series tips off on Saturday, it’s unlikely that that will change.

  • Game 1: Sat. April 14 San Antonio at Golden State, 3 p.m. -  Avg: $484 | Get-in: $95
  • Game 2: Mon. April 16 San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. -  Avg: $468 | Get-in: $95
  • Game 3: Thu. April 19 Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. -  Avg: $208 | Get-in: $48
  • Game 4: Sun. April 22 Golden State at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. -  Avg: $199 | Get-in: $44
  • *Game 5: Tue. April 24 San Antonio at Golden State, TBD -  Avg: $541 | Get-in: $90
  • *Game 6: Thu. April 26 Golden State at San Antonio, TBD -  Avg: $273 | Get-in: $70
  • *Game 7: Sat. April 28 San Antonio at Golden State, TBD -  Avg: $659 | Get-in: $100

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans - Series Avg: $252 | Avg In Portland: $258 | Avg In New Orleans: $244

One of the most interesting matchups of the post season, it’s hard to know what will happen. The Blazers lit up the NBA with a 13-game win streak late in the season and Damian Lillard was a key reason. For the Pelicans, it seems Anthony Davis is the driver – he was the league’s second-leading scorer ( 28.1 ppg) and leading blocker (2.6) during the regular season. If he keeps that up, the Blazers will have their hands full. New Orleans should be wary of sending Portland to the line (80 percent) and will need to step up its rebounding to compete under the basket. The series tips off Saturday.

  • Game 1: Sat. April 14 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. -  Avg: $241 | Get-in: $39
  • Game 2: Tue. April 17 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m. -  Avg: $230 | Get-in: $37
  • Game 3: Thu. April 19 Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m. -  Avg: $203 | Get-in: $40
  • Game 4: Sat. April 21 Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m. -  Avg: $235 | Get-in: $45
  • *Game 5: Tue. April 24 New Orleans at Portland, TBD -  Avg: $242 | Get-in: $43
  • *Game 6: Thu. April 26 Portland at New Orleans, TBD -  Avg: $293 | Get-in: $56
  • *Game 7: Sat. April 28 New Orleans at Portland, TBD -  Avg: $320 | Get-in: $67

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz - Series Avg: $352 | Avg In Oklahoma City: $470 | Avg in Utah: $196

Sunday’s Jazz-Thunder series might be the most balanced in the league. The game will certainly revolve around the play of 2016-17 MVP Russell Westbrook and his Jazz counterpart, rookie Donovan Mitchell, who at 20.5 points per game leads all rookies in scoring. Westbrook clearly has the advantage of experience, but Mitchell has been proving himself a star all season. For this series – and any that might follow – a key for OKC will be using the experience and star power it has. Don’t forget – besides Westbrook, the Thunder have All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony on the court.

  • Game 1: Sun. April 15 Utah at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. -  Avg: $294 | Get-in: $50
  • Game 2: Wed. April 18 Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. -  Avg: $229 | Get-in: $45
  • Game 3: Sat. April 21 Oklahoma City at Utah, 10 p.m. -  Avg: $184 | Get-in: $60
  • Game 4: Mon. April 23 Oklahoma City at Utah, 10:30 p.m. -  Avg: $176 | Get-in: $55
  • *Game 5: Wed. April 25 Utah at Oklahoma City, TBD -  Avg: $480 | Get-in: $87
  • *Game 6: Fri. April 27 Oklahoma City at Utah, TBD -  Avg: $228 | Get-in: $72
  • *Game 7: Sun. April 29 Utah at Oklahoma City, TBD -  Avg: $876 | Get-in: $115

All times are eastern | *If necessary

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