How To Find The Cheapest NBA Tickets For The 2022-23 Schedule

Where and How to Buy 2022-23 NBA Tickets

Primary market NBA tickets are available for most teams via Ticketmaster.  Some teams offer their primary market tickets via other sites like Seatgeek or AXS. Most teams sell out quickly.

On the secondary market, TicketIQ has Fee-Free NBA tickets which also include a Refund Guarantee. Our Refund Guarantee states that if 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. Customers on TicketIQ save between 15%-25% compared to other secondary market ticketing sites.  

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How Much Are 2022-23 NBA Tickets

2022-23 NBA ticket prices on the secondary market are not yet available. Below is a look at 2021-22 prices across the league.

Team 2021-22 Avg
% Change Since 2019-20
GSW $589 29%
LAL $562 19%
NYK $394 51%
BRK $339 41%
BOS $309 101%
MIL $265 101%
LAC $242 -9%
CHI $225 69%
ATL $219 105%
MIA $219 31%
PHX $213 151%
TOR $208 16%
PHI $204 36%
DEN $200 30%
HOU $169 -11%
OKC $163 19%
SAS $163 -8%
DAL $160 45%
UTA $157 34%
NOP $144 37%
CHA $142 122%
IND $141 50%
WAS $130 41%
POR $127 21%
SAC $126 18%
MEM $107 47%
ORL $105 21%
CLE $102 42%
DET $102 48%
MIN $91 57%

Most Expensive Teams

As you can see below, based on the average list price on the secondary market, the Golden State Warriors are the most expensive team for the 2021 season. At $598 the Warriors are one of just two teams with an average list price of over $500 heading into the 2021-22 season. The Los Angeles Lakers ($562) are the other team and rank second on the list. The New York Knicks ($394), Brooklyn Nets ($339), and Boston Celtics ($309) round out the top five. No other team in the NBA has an average price over $300. 

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Biggest Year Over Year Price Changes

As you might expect, in terms of teams that have seen the biggest price jump since 2019-20, last year's NBA Finalists the Phoenix Suns (+151%) and Milwaukee Bucks (+101%) take up two spots in the top ten. The Suns are ranked first and the Bucks come in fourth tied with the Boston Celtics.  The Up and coming Charlotte Hornets (+122%) and Atlanta Hawks (+105%) round out the top 5. 

Only three teams have seen their 2021-22 average prices fall since the 2019-20 season, the San Antonio Spurs (-8%), the Los Angeles Clippers (-9%), and the Houston Rockets (-11%).

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Secondary Market Price Trends

Overall, with an average price of NBA tickets for the 2021 season is $211, which is 37% higher than the 2019-20. Despite some dips along the way, that number has been going up pretty steadily since 2011-12 when the average price across the league was $125, but after a 2020-21 season with limited fans, on no fans at all, demand is at a record high. Since 2011-12, NBA ticket prices on the secondary market are up 69%
 
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Which NBA Teams Are Hosting Fans For The 2020-21

Team Allowing Fans Capacity
Atlanta Hawks Yes  3,000 (14%)
Boston Celtics Yes  4,895 (25%)
Brooklyn Nets Yes  1,770 (10%)
Charlotte Hornets Yes 5,000 (25%)
Chicago Bulls Yes 5,200 (25%)
Cleveland Cavaliers Yes 2,720 (14%)
Dallas Mavericks Yes

3,900 (20%)

Denver Nuggets Yes 4,050 (22%)
Detroit Pistons Yes 750 (4%)
Golden State Warriors Yes 6,300 (35%)
Houston Rockets Yes 4,500 (25%)
Indiana Pacers Yes 4,500 (20%)
Los Angeles Clippers Yes  2,000
Los Angeles Lakers Yes 2,000
Memphis Grizzlies Yes 3,600 (20%)
Miami Heat Yes  3,000 (15%)
Milwaukee Bucks Yes 3,280 (18%)
Minnesota Timberwolves Yes 3,000 (16%)
New Orleans Pelicans Yes 2,700 (16%)
New York Knicks Yes  1,980 (10%)
Oklahoma City Thunder No --
Orlando Magic Yes 4,000 (21.2%)
Philadelphia 76ers Yes 3,100 (15%)
Phoenix Suns Yes 3,000 (16.2%)
Portland Trail Blazers Yes (5/7) 1,900 (10%)
Sacramento Kings Yes  1,500 (20%)
San Antonio Spurs Yes 3,200 (17%)
Toronto Raptors Yes 3,500 (17%)
Utah Jazz Yes 3,902 (21%)
Washington Wizards Yes 2,100 (10%)

View Tickets on TicketIQ2020-21 NBA COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

While specific teams have their own health and safety protocols put in place based on state and local officials, the NBA released their own general policies prior to the start of  the season. Those policies include:

  • Eligible markets can host fans at 25% capacity.
  • All fans over the age of two are required to wear masks. 
  • Fans must stay socially distance from people not in their seating pod.
  • Fans must take part in a COVID-19 symptom survey prior to entering NBA arenas.
  • Fans sitting within 30 feet from the court must test negative for COVID-19 two days prior to the game or a rapid test the day of the game. 
  • Food and beverages are not permitted for fans sitting 30 feet from the court
  • NBA teams can install plexiglass between benches and seats.
  • Arena suites can be at 25% capacity without fans being tested.
2020-21 NBA Regular Season Schedule

The 2020-21 NBA season began on December 11 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. 

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PREVIOUS SEASON NBA TICKET REPORTS BELOW

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 NBA.com, 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 NBA.com/freepreview 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 NBA.com and watch the high-flying dunks, game-changing shots, and show-stopping blocks starting July 30.

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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

  UNSOLD QTY 2NDARY QTY 2NDARY AVG
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 TicketIQ.com 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.
 

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

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