Despite Marquee Match-Up, Raptors vs Cavs Tickets Are Cheapest Of Conference Semifinals
May 1, 2018
Despite the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made it to the NBA Finals for each of the last three seasons – and won in 2016 – demand for tickets for the Cavs second-round series against the Toronto Raptors is the lowest among the four semifinals. According to TicketIQ.com, the average asking price on the secondary market is $363, as compared to a high of $569 for the New Orleans-Golden State semifinal.
It is Cleveland that is dragging down the average – a ticket to see the Raptors play at home is averaging $463, putting it squarely in the middle of the pack, while a ticket to the Cavaliers at home is the cheapest across the NBA at $229. There are more than 2,000 tickets per game available on the secondary market for Cleveland home games, as compared to 1,960 or less per game for a Toronto home game.
For the series, the highest average asking price on the secondary market is for an if-needed Game 7 in Toronto, which is currently at $585. The next most expensive is $491, also in Toronto, for an if-needed Game 5. Comparatively, the lowest average asking price is $178 for Game 4 in Cleveland. In fact, all three games in Cleveland currently have an average asking price of $280 or less, while the least expensive game in Toronto (Game 2) is $387.
Since 2015, when the Cavaliers got the NBA Finals after a four-year playoff drought, ticket prices on the secondary market for the Eastern Conference semifinals have declined. In 2015, tickets on the secondary market settled at $282, the highest of the decade, then plummeted to $208 in 2016 and showed an uptick in 2017 at $240.
Conversely, the Raptors, who won the East but have never been to the Final series, are seeing a marked uptick in demand – the average asking price for a 2017 second-round game was $309, which was down from an average of $390 in 2016.