Miami Beach, New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard. As a fresh basketball season sets to tip, the hottest markets and the league’s biggest stars are driving the demand of NBA tickets. Despite just three games being played on opening night, the league showcase delivers two of the top five highest ticket prices of the opening week. Despite tickets in Miami and New York selling at significant higher prices than their average regular season levels, there is still value to be found around the league for smart tickets buyers.
Take a look at the Top-5 NBA opening week games, descending from highest average ticket price:
The premier showcase game on opening night pits Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. With an average ticket price of $369, tickets to get inside American Airlines Arena are currently the highest price of any game on the opening week NBA schedule. Despite the average ticket price sitting at 34% above the average of Miami Heat tickets at home. Tickets are still available at a “Get-in Price” of $64.
2. November 1st – Miami Heat @Brooklyn Nets - Avg Price: $350 | Get-in Price: $93
The Brooklyn Nets will display their new prized Boston Celtics acquisitions on opening night against LeBron James and crew at the Barclay Center. After trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Nets fans finally have a real reason to believe in their team. Sporting a 1-5 lineup of superstar players, Brooklyn is one of the few teams with the chance to really push Miami in the playoffs. The opening night contest has prices sitting at 53% above the average of Brooklyn Nets tickets at home this year, with a current average price of $350 each. The “Get-in Price” of $93 is the highest of any game in the opening week.
3. October 31st – New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls - Avg Price: $255 | Get-in Price: $77
After opening the season on the road in Miami, the Chicago Bulls open their home schedule against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. With an average of $286, the current price for the return of Derrick Rose is sitting at 13% above the average home price for Bulls tickets, Bulls fans have a lot to look forward to this season as Chicago will push for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. A ticket into opening night at the United Center can still be had for a “Get-in Price” of $77.
The NBA’s second showcase game of opening night of the season features the finally relevant “Battle of L.A.”. With Kobe Bryant still recovering from his Achilles injury and Dwight Howard gone to Houston, the lack of immediate star power is creating a slight value opportunity to get into a Lakers home game. The current average ticket price to see Blake Griffin and Chris Paul face off with the Lakers is 26% below the home average of Lakers tickets, $210, and Laker (or Clipper) fans can find a “Get-in Price” of just $52.
5. November 4th – Houston Rockets @Los Angeles Clippers - Avg Price: $174 | Get-in Price: $19
The new-look Houston Rockets will face off with “Lob City” on their home floor at the Staples Center in this Monday matchup. The average ticket price for this game is $179, 5% below the average of Clippers tickets at home this year. With Dwight Howard, James Harden, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all flying around the court, the dunks will certainly be worth the price of admission. Just ignore the free throw shooting. Laker fans can even crash the party to boo Dwight Howard in his first return to Los Angeles for a rare “Get-in Price” of just $19.