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Warriors, Lakers lead NBA in secondary market ticket prices

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Following the research by ticketiQ, 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.

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%).

Secondary 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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