How To Find Cheapest Tickets For 2019 NBA Playoffs - The Finals

 

The 2019 NBA Finals is set, with the Raptors and Warriors squaring off in what is the most expensive NBA Finals we've tracked in the last decade on the secondary market.  Fans in Oakland will have to pay over $500 for a cheapest seat on the secondary ticket market to any of the three games and around $1,000 for a lower-level seat. In Toronto, the cheapest secondary-market ticket is available for around $1,000 for any of the potential four games, with the cheapest lower-level seats around $2,000. For a potential game 7 at Scotiabank Arena, the cheapest tickets currently available is over $2,000. While the Raptors have an onsale planned for Monday at 6pm, it's not likely to add much inventory to the secondary market, but it could be an opportunity for fans to score tickets at a discount to the hefty secondary-market prices.  The Warriors have already gone onsale with NBA Finals tickets at Oracle Arena, which means the secondary market is the only option for fans looking to see the Warriors in their final hurrah at Oracle Arena.  For fans who are priced out of the tickets, there are Oracle Arena watch-party tickets that go onsale Tuesday, and go for $25

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Below are details and the currently cheapest prices for the seven potential games over the course of the 2019 NBA Finals.

 

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All four of the teams that advanced to the NBA’s conference finals know the drill, after all, they’ve been in the playoffs for at least three consecutive seasons. But the only team making a repeat performance in the conference finals is the Golden State Warriors.

Secondary market tickets to a Warriors home game for their Western Conference Final series against the Portland Trail Blazers are among the priciest in history. The $1,133 average asking price is seco
nd only to last season’s $1,200 at Oakland when the Warriors played the Houston Rockets. 

nba-conference-finals-historicalWith an average price of over $900, Blazers tickets on the secondary market have the second highest average price and the highest get-in price. Combined, the Warriors-Blazers is the most expensive average price we've tracked for any conference final series.  For fans looking to spend a little less, standing room tickets are available for all game at about a 10% discount to the cheapest seated ticket.

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With three straight playoff appearances, Milwaukee is the least experienced playoff team in this year’s mix. The Bucks are playing the Toronto Raptors in a series that starts at Milwaukee on Wednesday. Tickets to that series are the seventh cheapest since 2011. The $461 average asking price to a game at Milwaukee is the least expensive among the four host cities. It’s the 19th priciest of the decade. 

Check out other TicketIQ blog articles for deep dive on the ticket market for each team in the

NBA Conference Finals: Bucks, Raptors, Warriors, Blazers 

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

  • Series average asking price: $535
  • Milwaukee average asking price/get-in price: $482/$120
  • Toronto average asking price/get-in price: $606/$178
Game Date Tickets
Game 1 @ MIL 5/15

From $120

Game 2 @ MIL 5/17 From $152
Game 3 @ TOR 5/19 From $208
Game 4 @ TOR 5/21 From $178
Game 5 @ MIL 5/23 From $149
Game 6 @ TOR 5/25 From $215
Game 7 @ MIL 5/27 From $225

This conference final is the seventh priciest since TicketIQ began tracking data in 2011. The priciest is this year’s Western Conference Final and the cheapest was $223 in 2013 for the Western Conference San Antonio vs. Memphis final. A potential Game 6 at Toronto is trending as the priciest game of the series, with an average asking price of $732, while the cheapest is Game 1 at Toronto, which has a current average asking price of $312.

The Raptors and Bucks have played 89 regular-season games, and Milwaukee holds a 51-38 all-time series advantage. The first and only time the teams met in the playoffs was 2016-17, and the Raptors won, 4-2. Milwaukee is making its third consecutive playoff appearance, after missing the 2015-16 edition. The Bucks have advanced to the NBA Finals twice and won once, in 1970-71, when they swept the Baltimore Bullets. For both Finals appearances, the Bucks were members of the Western Conference.

Toronto, which joined the league in 1995-96 as an expansion team, is making its sixth straight playoff appearance. The last time the Raptors reached the conference finals was in 2015-16, when they lost to Cleveland, 4-2. The Raptors have never advanced to the NBA Finals.  

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS 

Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers

  • Series average asking price: $982
  • Golden State average asking price/get-in price: $1,023/$127
  • Portland average asking price/get-in price: $928/$283
Game Date Tickets
Game 1 @ GSW 5/14 From $157
Game 2 @ GSW 5/16 From $188
Game 3 @ POR 5/18 From $289
Game 4 @ POR 5/20 From $283
Game 5 @ GSW 5/22 From $239
Game 6 @ POR 5/24 From $304
Game 7 @ GSW 5/26 From $399

This series is the most expensive conference final since TicketIQ began tracking data in 2011. The next priciest was last year’s Houston-Golden State Western Conference Final, for which fans paid an average of $965. The cheapest of the decade cost fans $223 in 2013, when San Antonio played Memphis in the Western Conference Final.

Despite their geographical proximity, Golden State and Portland didn’t meet in the playoffs until 2015-16, when the Warriors beat them in the conference semifinals in five games. Since then, this series marks the third playoff meeting, and Golden State won the previous two. The teams have been dominant during different eras – Golden State has won three NBA Finals in the last four years, while Portland won its only title in 1976-77, and got to the finals in two of three seasons between 1989-90 and 1991-92.

Portland is in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, and has reached the conference finals for the seventh time in franchise history. The Warriors are in the playoffs for the seventh straight season, have won the Finals six times, including twice as the Philadelphia Warriors (1946-47, 1955-56).

The Warriors’ average asking price of $1,133 is the second highest of the decade, behind last season’s $1,200 for a Golden State home game. Among individual games, a potential Game 7 has the highest average asking price at $1,554 while Game 4 at Portland has the lowest, at $636. Interestingly, the $157 get-in price at Golden State is the second cheapest of the four conference finals’ sites, while the $201 get-in price at Portland is the highest.

 


The NBA’s conference semifinals include a familiar matchup, the end of a five-year playoff drought and a series that pits two teams that haven’t played each other in the postseason since 1986.

Demand for the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets Western Conference Semifinals, which marks the fourth time these teams have met in the playoffs in five years, is the highest in the league, and the $790 average asking price for a Golden State second-round home game is the highest at Oakland in history, according to secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com. The second priciest was a ticket to last season’s second round, for which fans paid an average of $580 to see the Warriors beat the Pelicans in five games. They went on to oust Houston, coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to win in Game 7 at Houston.

At the other end of the spectrum in the West, Denver is in the playoffs for the first time after a five-year drought, and is playing Portland in the playoffs for the first time in 33 years.

In the Eastern Conference, Boston is trying to erase the memory of giving up a 2-0 Conference Finals lead before losing to Cleveland last season. In addition, should the Celtics win the NBA Finals, and the Bruins win the NHL’s Stanley Cup, Boston would be the first city in history to hold all four professional sports titles in a 12-month period. The Celtics are playing the Bucks in the conference semifinals.

In the other Eastern Conference matchup, the Toronto Raptors are playing the Philadelphia 76ers in the postseason for the first time since 2000-01, when the 76ers eliminated the Raptors in a seven-game conference semifinals.

Below is a look at all four conference semifinals. 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics

  • Series average asking price: $377
  • Milwaukee average asking price/get-in price: $403/$105
  • Boston average asking price/get-in price: $343/$106
  • PROMO CODES: Celtics25, Celtics50, Bucks25, Bucks50

Demand is high in Milwaukee for the Bucks first conference semifinals series since 2000-01. The $403 average asking price for a ticket to a game at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Stadium is the highest in the Eastern Conference, but third highest overall, and the $343 average at Boston’s TD Garden is the lowest in East. The priciest game of the series on the secondary market is currently a potential Game 7 at Milwaukee, which is trending at $668. The cheapest game of the series is Game 2 at Milwaukee, which has an average asking price of $220. The Bucks and Celtics have a healthy – and very even – history. The teams have played 213 times and the Celtics have a 109-104 all-time advantage, though Milwaukee won two of three during the 2018-19 regular season. Neither team struggled in the first round of the playoffs – the Bucks swept Detroit and the Celtics swept Indiana.

Game  Avg  Get-In
Game 1 @ MIL $261 $112
Game 2 @ MIL $220 $105
Game 3 @ BOS $342 $134
Game 4 @ BOS $302 $106
Game 5 @ MIL $464 $139
Game 6 @ BOS $385 $132
Game 7 @ MIL $668 $215

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • Series average asking price: $358
  • Toronto average asking price/get-in price: $368/$95
  • Philadelphia average asking price/get-in price: $345/$114
  • PROMO CODES: Raptors25, Raptors50, Sixers25, Sixers50

This series features the second- and third-best teams during the regular season in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors won 58 and the 76ers won 51, making them two of only three teams in the East that won 50 or more games. Toronto dominated Philadelphia during the regular season, winning of three of four games, and holds a 54-38 all-time series advantage. The second-round game with the highest average asking price is a potential Game 7 at Toronto, which is trending at $484. The cheapest game of the series is Game 2 at Toronto, which has a $260 average asking price and $115 get-in price. Both Toronto and Philadelphia needed only five first-round games to advance. The Raptors ousted Orlando and the 76ers eliminated Brooklyn. Toronto is making its fourth consecutive second-round playoff appearance, but hasn’t won this round since 2015-16. Philadelphia is making its second straight appearance in the second round after a five-year playoff drought.

Game Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ TOR $278 $95
Game 2 @ TOR $260 $115
Game 3 @ PHI $304 $115
Game 4 @ PHI $344 $114
Game 5 @ TOR $434 $130
Game 6 @ PHI $398 $127
Game 7 @ TOR $484 $180

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets

  • Series average asking price: $682
  • Golden State average asking price/get-in price: $790/$179
  • Houston average asking price/get-in price: $537/$151
  • PROMO CODES: Rockets25, Rockets50, Warriors25, Warriors50

The priciest series on the secondary market, Golden State and Houston also have the two highest average asking prices for home games -- $790 and $537, respectively. That demand is high should come as no surprise, as these teams have plenty of recent playoff history. The Warriors defeated the Rockets on their way to NBA championships in 2014-15 and 2017-18, and last season’s Western Conference Finals went seven games. Besides those two matchups, Golden State beat Houston in the first round in 2015-16 on its way to the Finals, where it lost to Cleveland. Maybe this time around will be different, as the Rockets beat the Warriors in three out of four regular-season meetings. The priciest game of this series, and across the NBA, is a potential Game 7 at Golden State, which is trending at $986 on the secondary market. The game with the lowest average asking price in this series is Game 3 at Houston, which is trending at $498. In the first round, Golden State eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers in six games and Houston beat Utah in five games.

Game Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ GSW $642 $179
Game 2 @ GSW $707 $193
Game 3 @ HOU $498 $156
Game 4 @ HOU $502 $151
Game 5 @ GSW $825 $201
Game 6 @ HOU $612 $176
Game 7 @ GSW $986 $312

 

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

  • Series average asking price: $294
  • Denver average asking price/get-in price: $323/$58
  • Portland average asking price/get-in price: $255/$93
  • PROMO CODES: Blazers25, Blazers50, Nuggets25 Nuggets50

In contract to the Golden-State Houston series, this series has the lowest average asking price on the secondary market across the NBA, and Denver and Portland are the two cheapest cities in which to see a conference semifinals. The priciest game of this series is $352 for a potential Game 7 at Denver, while the cheapest is $226 for Game 3 at Portland. These teams have played 190 times, including 10 times in the playoffs. While Portland holds a 98-82 all-time series advantage, the teams are 5-5 in the postseason, and each has won one playoff series, Denver in 1986 and Portland in 1977. During the 2018-19 regular season, Denver won three of four meetings, and the biggest margin of victory in any of those games was nine points. The Blazers are making their sixth consecutive playoff appearance, but haven’t advanced past the conferences semifinals in that stretch. Denver is making its first playoff appearance after a five-year drought. In the opening round, Denver needed seven games to defeat San Antonio, while Portland beat Oklahoma City in five games.

Game Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ DEN $322 $58
Game 2 @ DEN $284 $101
Game 3 @ POR $226 $96
Game 4 @ POR $232 $93
Game 5 @ DEN $334 $131
Game 6 @ POR $305 $123
Game 7 @ DEN $352 $198

 



 

 

LeBron James’ debut season in Los Angeles surely didn’t go how he hoped it would, and the Lakers, who finished the regular season 10th in the Western Conference, extended their playoff drought to six years. But Staples Center will still play host to an NBA first-round series, when the Clippers tip off against Golden State. The series starts at Oakland Saturday night.

Demand for this year’s NBA playoffs is strong, with the Golden State Warriors commanding $480 on the secondary market for a ticket at Oakland, according to secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com. Only the 2108 Warriors with a $538 average, and the 2016 Warriors with a $482 average were higher this decade.

The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday and Sunday with four games each day. Depending on the lengths of the first-round series, the Conference Semifinals could begin as early as April 28, and the NBA Finals are set to start on May 30, the earliest start since 1986.

Secondary market average asking prices range from a low of $117 for the Milwaukee Bucks-Detroit Pistons series, to a high of $388 for the Toronto Raptors-Orlando Magic series, according to TicketIQ.com. The cheapest get-in price anywhere in the NBA is $30 at San Antonio, though fans can get into games at Denver and Indiana for as little as $32.

 

Below is a look at all eight first-round matchups.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

  • Series average asking price: $171
  • Milwaukee average asking price/get-in price: $230/$82
  • Detroit average asking price/get-in price: $93/$32

The Bucks closed out the regular season as the only 60-game winner in the NBA, and enter the postseason as a favorite to win the Eastern Conference. This first round should easily go to Milwaukee, as Detroit advanced to the playoffs as an 8-seed, and had a .500 record. Tickets on the secondary market for this series are the cheapest of all the NBA first-round playoff series, and the $93 average in Detroit is the lowest anywhere in the league. The Pistons and the Bucks have played four times in the playoffs, most recently in 2006, and Detroit has won every time.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ MIL $238 $82
Game 2 @ MIL $161 $83
Game 3 @ DET $89 $40
Game 4 @ DET $86 $32
Game 5 @ MIL $213 $97
Game 6 @ DET $103 $40
Game 7 @ MIL $308 $138

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

  • Series average asking price: $388
  • Toronto average asking price/get-in price: $404/$92
  • Orlando average asking price/get-in price: $368/$91

The Raptors finished the season with the second best record in the NBA behind Eastern Conference champion Milwaukee — and ahead of Western Conference champion Golden State (57 wins). The $388 series average asking price on the secondary market is the highest across the NBA, and the $404 average for a game at Toronto is the highest in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors and Magic have met only one other time in the playoffs, in 2008, when Orlando won. The Magic, which finished seventh in the Eastern Conference, are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ TOR $470 $122
Game 2 @ TOR $295 $92
Game 3 @ ORL $437 $107
Game 4 @ ORL $239 $91
Game 5 @ TOR $428 $95
Game 6 @ ORL $426 $205
Game 7 @ TOR $422 $115

 

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets

  • Series average asking price: $317
  • Philadelphia average asking price/get-in price: $254/$68
  • Brooklyn average asking price/get-in price: $400/$115

This series is the second most expensive on the secondary market in the Eastern Conference, and the average asking price for a game at Philadelphia is one of four with an average asking price of $400 or more across the NBA. The 76ers and Nets have met two other times in the postseason, and each team has won one series. Philadelphia finished the regular season third in the Eastern Conference and is making its second consecutive playoff appearance after a five-year drought. The Nets are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ PHI $188 $70
Game 2 @ PHI $196 $68
Game 3 @ BRK $345 $115
Game 4 @ BRK $385 $120
Game 5 @ PHI $315 $90
Game 6 @ BRK $469 $180
Game 7 @ PHI $319 $99

 

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers

  • Series average asking price: $223
  • Boston average asking price/get-in price: $303/$65
  • Indiana average asking price/get-in price: $115/$32

This meeting marks the sixth time the Celts and Pacers have met in the NBA playoffs, and Boston holds a 3-2 all-time playoff series advantage. This time around, the series is the second cheapest in the Eastern Conference, and is a fairly even matchup. Through the regular season, the Celtics won one more game than the Pacers, though Boston won three of four against Indianapolis during the regular season, including beating Indiana 117-97 on April 5.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ BOS $265 $78
Game 2 @ BOS $243 $65
Game 3 @ IND $106 $33
Game 4 @ IND $96 $32
Game 5 @ BOS $282 $75
Game 6 @ IND $144 $36
Game 7 @ BOS $422 $107

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

  • Series average asking price: $380
  • Golden State average asking price/get-in price: $480/$105
  • Los Angeles average asking price/get-in price: $247/$82

This series has the highest average asking price in the Western Conference, and second highest across the NBA, behind only the Toronto-Orlando series. The defending champion Golden State Warriors won the Western Conference with the third-best record in the league. These teams have met only one other time in the playoffs – in 2014, when the Clippers won. Los Angeles enters the series as a No. 8 seed and has a spotty playoff history. The Clippers have never gotten past the second round of the playoffs. 

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ GSW $462 $110
Game 2 @ GSW $480 $108
Game 3 @ LAC $232 $84
Game 4 @ LAC $217 $82
Game 5 @ GSW $442 $105
Game 6 @ LAC $293 $91
Game 7 @ GSW $537 $170

 

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs

  • Series average asking price: $207
  • Denver average asking price/get-in price: $225/$58
  • San Antonio average asking price/get-in price: $182/$30

This series has the second lowest average asking price across the NBA and is the cheapest in the Western Conference. These teams have an extensive playoff history, but it’s San Antonio that has dominated. In six previous meetings, the Spurs have won five times. The Nuggets won the Northwest Division during the regular season while the Spurs finished seventh, but in the tightly packed Western Conference, that was only a difference of Denver winning six more games.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ DEN $120 $58
Game 2 @ DEN $188 $59
Game 3 @ SAS $161 $30
Game 4 @ SAS $168 $35
Game 5 @ DEN $266 $75
Game 6 @ SAS $216 $72
Game 7 @ DEN $328 $73

 

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Series average asking price: $277
  • Portland average asking price/get-in price: $271/$45
  • Oklahoma City average asking price/get-in price: $285/$60

These teams are 2-2 against each other in the playoffs and last met in the postseason in 1991. There’s little rivalry here, as is reflected by demand, which is the second cheapest in the Western Conference and the fifth cheapest in the NBA. Portland is making its sixth straight playoff appearance, but has only advanced past the first round twice in that span, while Oklahoma City is making its fourth straight appearance and was one game away from getting to the NBA Finals in 2015-16.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ POR $257 $89
Game 2 @ POR $234 $45
Game 3 @ OKC $287 $75
Game 4 @ OKC $255 $60
Game 5 @ POR $230 $64
Game 6 @ OKC $312 $63
Game 7 @ POR $362 $126

 

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz

  • Series average asking price: $325
  • Houston average asking price/get-in price: $418/$54
  • Utah average asking price/get-in price: $202/$62

The $418 average asking price on the secondary market for a seat at Houston is the second highest in the NBA, behind only Golden State, and the series average is third in the league. These teams have a rich playoff history, including last season’s second-round affair when Houston beat Utah in five games. The teams have played eight times in the postseason. The Jazz have advanced to the second round in each of the last two seasons, and are likely hoping for more this time around. The Rockets were a game away from advancing to the Finals in 2017-18, losing to eventual champion Golden State in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.

Game-By-Game Prices Avg Get-In
Game 1 @ HOU $309 $54
Game 2 @ HOU $306 $55
Game 3 @ UTA $229 $84
Game 4 @ UTA $204 $62
Game 5 @ HOU $528 $104
Game 6 @ UTA $171 $70
Game 7 @ HOU $530 $182

Below is a look at  the top ten most expensive first round series over the last decade based on average list price and get-in price:

 

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