How To Find The Cheapest NBA Tickets For The 2020-21 Schedule

 2020-21 NBA Regular Season Schedule

With the NBA preseason tipping off on December 11, basketball fans are very excited to see the league return just two months after crowning the Los Angeles Lakers the 2019-20 champions. The preseason will continue until December 19, and then the first half of the regular season will be played from December 22 to March 4.

The league’s season will be split by the All-Star break from March 5 to 10. The NBA All-Star Game will be played in Atlanta on March 7th, 2021. 

The schedule for the second half of the season was released on February 24th. The second half will begin on March 10th and conclude on May 16th. 

Where To Buy 2020-21 NBA Tickets 

Depending on the team, primary market face value tickets for the 2020-21 NBA season can be purchased on Ticketmaster and StubHub.

Secondary market tickets will also be available, and TicketIQ will have Fee-Free NBA tickets with a Refund Guarantee, which states that in the event an event is canceled or deemed unfit for fans to attend, TicketIQ will refund ticket buyers in as soon as 15 days. That means that you can buy from TicketIQ worry-free. 

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Which NBA Teams Are Hosting Fans

Team Allowing Fans Capacity
Atlanta Hawks Yes (Starting on Jan 18th) 1700 (10%)
Boston Celtics No --
Brooklyn Nets Yes (Starting on Feb 23) Up to 2000
Charlotte Hornets No --
Chicago Bulls No --
Cleveland Cavaliers Yes 1944 (10%)
Dallas Mavericks Yes

1500 (7.8%)

Denver Nuggets No --
Detroit Pistons No --
Golden State Warriors No --
Houston Rockets Yes 4500 (25%)
Indiana Pacers Yes 1000 (6%)
Los Angeles Clippers No --
Los Angeles Lakers No --
Memphis Grizzlies Yes Limited
Miami Heat Yes  < 2000 (<10%)
Milwaukee Bucks Yes 1800 (10%)
Minnesota Timberwolves No --
New Orleans Pelicans Yes 750 (4.5%)
New York Knicks Yes (Starting on Feb 23) Up to 2000
Oklahoma City Thunder No --
Orlando Magic Yes 4000 (21.2%)
Philadelphia 76ers No --
Phoenix Suns Yes 3000 (16.2%)
Portland Trail Blazers No --
Sacramento Kings No --
San Antonio Spurs No --
Toronto Raptors No --
Utah Jazz Yes 1500 (8%)
Washington Wizards No --

2020 Regular Season Update

UPDATE (6/12): Shams Charania is reporting the expected dates for the restart of the NBA season:

  •  July 30-Aug. 14: Seeding games
  • Aug.15-16: Play-in tournaments
  • Aug. 17: Playoffs begin
  • Aug. 30: Family/guests of teams arrive
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 13: Conf. Semifinals
  • Sept. 15-Sept. 28: Conf. Finals
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 13: NBA Finals

On June 4th, the NBA agreed on a 22-Team Tournament to restart the regular season. The tournament will take place in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, a a 220-acre basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, baseball and competitive cheer complex. Fans, unfortunately, will not be allowed in the area.
Here's more information via Bleacher Report:

Twenty-two teams will take part in the 2019-20 season's conclusion. They include the 16 franchises in playoff position at the time of the NBA's suspension March 11 and the six teams within six games of a playoff berth.

Those six consist of the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

Teams will play eight regular-season games apiece before a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed in each conference. The league will then hold its typical four-round playoff consisting of best-of-seven series.

How To Watch 2020 NBA Games

The National Basketball Association is returning to play on July 30 in Orlando, and everyone is excited to see the world’s best basketball players play their final eight regular season contests and playoff games.

There will be 22 teams in the NBA’s “bubble” in Florida, and they will be fighting for 16 playoff spots. Be sure to check out all the amazing NBA action on NBA League Pass.

How Much is NBA League Pass?

The best way to purchase NBA League Pass is through, and the prices range from $29.99 for the live package to $124.99 for commercial-free coverage as well as access to all game replays and classic games.

Fans can head to for a free preview of NBA League Pass while the NBA is on hiatus.

When are NBA Games Being Played?

On Thursday, July 30, the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans will tip off “bubble” play at 6:30 pm eastern, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers at 9:00 pm.

There will be a maximum of seven games per day, with games tipping off between noon and 9:00 pm. The defending champion Toronto Raptors will not restart their season until Saturday, August 1 at 8:30 pm against the Lakers.

The Milwaukee Bucks, the Eastern Conference’s best team, will face arguably their biggest competition within the conference with their first game. They take on the Boston Celtics at 6:30 pm on Friday, July 31.

The regular season schedule is an impressive one, but the playoffs will be even better, and those games will begin on Monday, August 17.

Where to Purchase NBA League Pass?

Fans can purchase NBA League Pass via and watch the high-flying dunks, game-changing shots, and show-stopping blocks starting July 30.

Coronavirus Impact on the NBA Ticket Market

With the rest of the 2019-2020 season and playoffs being played in Orlando and without fans, we estimate the lost revenue for secondary market NBA tickets is just under $691 million for the remaining regular season games, and an additional $1 billion for the playoffs. That estimate is based on secondary market value, average attendance from the 2019-20 season and playoffs, and the number of games canceled. This is not a precise measure, but the simplest way to benchmark the magnitude of losses, by team. Below is a breakdown of the teams with the biggest impact across the NBA:



For the entire NBA playoffs, the estimated ticket market value is just under $998 million.


Where To Buy NBA Tickets for 2019-20 Season

With the NBA season here, and there are more ways than ever to get tickets to see your favorite team or your favorite star. With the exception of the 76ers who blend primary and secondary listings on Stubhub, every team has unsold face value tickets available directly from the team.  Every team also has tickets available on the secondary market with anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 tickets available for each game. With about the same amount of unsold face value inventory availability for some teams, it's critical to shop around to make sure you're getting the best deal. For 2019-20, many teams are also offering family packs and pre-loaded concession tickets which is another reason to check all options before buying. 

High Priced Teams

Golden State Warriors Low Low   $458
New York Knicks High Mid   $261
LA Clippers Low Low   $267
Brooklyn Nets Medium High $242
Philadelphia 76ers Sold Out High   $150
Oklahoma City Thunder Low Mid   $137

Mid Priced Teams

Toronto Raptors Low Low   $179
Denver Nuggets Low High   $154
Miami Heat Low Mid   $150
Boston Celtics Low Med $154
San Antonio Spurs Low High   $177
Milwaukee Bucks Low Mid   $132
Houston Rockets Low Low   $189
Portland Trail Blazers Low Mid   $103
Sacramento Kings Medium Low $107
Dallas Mavericks Medium High   $110

Low Priced Teams

Atlanta Hawks High Mid $107
New Orleans Pelicans Low Mid   $105
Chicago Bulls High Mid   $133
Minnesota Timberwolves Low Low   $58
Phoenix Suns Medium Mid   $85
Orlando Magic Medium Low   $87
Washington Wizards Medium High   $92
Indiana Pacers Low Low   $94
Cleveland Cavaliers Medium Med   $72
Utah Jazz Low Mid   $117
Detroit Pistons High High   $69
Charlotte Hornets High Mid $64
Memphis Grizzlies Medium Mid   $73

How Much Are 2019-20 NBA Tickets

While the 2019 off-season was as active as any, whether the realignment of the stars impacts who's playing in June remains to be seen. Ticket prices, however, are already showing the impact of the off-season moves. In particular, the Los Angeles Clippers ticket prices has nearly doubled in price. Despite the jump, the Clippers still don't have the priciest ticket in the league. That belongs to their arena-mates, the Los Angeles Lakers, who unseated the Golden State Warriors as the priciest tickets in the league. With the addition of Anthony Davis, prices are up to $473 up 2% over last season, while Golden State's average fell 1% to $458. On the downside, Minnesota Timberwolves' prices fell from $140 to $58, making Target Center the cheapest place in the country to see a pro basketball game.

Most Expensive NBA Teams


In addition to the the Clippers, the Nets also have had a big jump on the secondary ticket market, with the addition of Kyrie Irving. With Kyrie gone from Boston, the Celtics have one of the biggest price drops compared to last season, with their tickets down 32%.

On the secondary market TicketIQ has Fee Free tickets on all sold out NBA games. That means if you find the same ticket for less, we'll give you 200% of the difference in ticket credit. TicketIQ is also the leading source of ticket market data used by major news outlets, like CNBC, Business Insider, Fox and others. Enjoy the TicketIQ blog for most in-depth coverage of the NBA ticket market and use to save 15% compared to other major tickets sellers.  

In addition to changes for 2019 prices, it's interesting to see which teams have had the biggest prices increases since 2011. While the Warriors at the top of the list is no surprise, the Spurs as the second biggest gainer shows the continued fan loyalty in San Antonio.  While Both San Antonio and Golden State represent a body of work over the decade, two of the other biggest-gainers for the decade are based more on expectations. While the Nets had a big jump in price for 2019, their spot on this list is driven more the result of their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn than anything else.

Biggest Price Gainers


What Teams Have the Best Value For Tickets In 2019

If winning and affordability are the goals, the Jazz have the best deal for tickets on the secondary market and the Pistons are the second-best value in the NBA.  


TicketIQ Blog 2019-20 NBA Team Buying Guides  w/ Sold Out and Unsold Details

2018-19 NBA Tickets: Warriors, Lakers, and Knicks Most Expensive On Secondary Market

Most Expensive Prices for 2018-19

When a team wins back-to-back championships, their tickets are simply going to be desirable. For the fourth year in a row, the Golden State Warriors have the highest average secondary market ticket price; it’s risen by about 2% this year to $463. Right behind them are the Los Angeles Lakers with their new addition of LeBron James, who has single-handedly boosted their ticket prices to an average of $444. Beyond the two California clubs, no other teams’ average price breaks $300.


Least Expensive Prices for 2018-19

Unsurprisingly, the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans are at the bottom of the barrel in terms of secondary market price, averaging $89 and $104 respectively. Both teams missed the playoffs last season and will face an uphill climb to change that this year. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, and Dallas Mavericks round out the bottom five. Both Minnesota and Portland will likely be in the hunt for a playoff spot, so there could be some value to be had in those markets.


Most Expensive Games

The NBA is a league driven by stars and the most expensive games reflect that reality. The 11 most expensive games on the secondary market either feature Steph Curry’s Warriors or LeBron James’ Lakers. The two games when the two teams meet in Oakland clock in with massive average prices; they currently sit at $1768 for the Christmas Day showdown and $1378 for a February faceoff. You’ll have to pay nearly $250 just to get in the building for either of those dates.

Most Expensive NBA Games 2018-19

Team Value Index

Based on each team’s average ticket price on the secondary market and ESPN’s season projections, we can determine each team’s value in terms of dollars per win. Looking at those stats, there are plenty of good deals to be had; the highlights include several playoff teams—the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors—towards the top of the list. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you’ll be paying a premium to see the struggles of New York Knicks.


Biggest Price Changes

LeBron James is arguably the NBA’s biggest name and his fingerprints are all over the secondary ticket market. After his departure from the Midwest, Cleveland Cavaliers tickets plummeted by an average of 42%. On the opposite side of the country, Los Angeles Lakers tickets rose by 48% per game. Outside of LeBron’s shadow, now might be the time to look into Toronto Raptors tickets; their secondary market fell by 29% despite their 207-18 success and addition of Kawhi Leonard.

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During the 2017-18 NBA season, only nine teams averaged 100% attendance. Combine that with the fact that the league lacks a uniform entry policy—most teams will accept mobile tickets, but some will only accept tickets on specific apps—and the primary ticket market may be your best bet this season. But no matter which market you’re shopping on, there are plenty of great deals for the upcoming NBA season if you know where to look.

NBA Christmas Day Games

Since 2011, the NBA has claimed Christmas Day as an opportunity to showcase the best the league has to offer. This year’s schedule features five games: the Milwaukee Bucks at the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers at the Boston Celtics, the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trailblazers at the Utah Jazz, and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Golden State Warriors.

NBA Christmas Day Tickets

In terms of a bargain, the game to circle on the calendar is Oklahoma City and Houston. ESPN projects the Rockets and Thunder to be the second and fourth place teams in the Western Conference, respectively, but you can score seats for half of the price of the mediocre Knicks-Bucks match-up. The average secondary market price for a ticket at Vivint Smart Home Arena is $220 and the cheapest available seat is $75; you’ll have to pay at least $184 on the secondary market to get into Madison Square Garden.

The highlight of the day, however, is undeniably the Lakers’ visit to the Warriors. Understandably, the secondary market prices are sky high; the average resale ticket price currently sits at $1,820, while the get-in price is $248. Both of those rates are the highest ever for a Christmas Day game.

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