The Miami Heat trounced the Brooklyn Nets on their way to a Game 1 win Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Since that time, prices of Miami Heat tickets have increased significantly on the secondary market, according to TiqIQ.
Before the series began last night, the average ticket price for Game 1 of the second-round series was $392.39. After LeBron James and company easily took Game 1, average price for the rest of Round 2 games in Miami is currently $456.56, a 16.35 percent increase since yesterday. In addition to an average ticket price jump, the cheapest secondary market ticket has also increased since the end of Game 1. The price of the cheapest secondary ticket was $61 before Game 1. For the remaining home games on the Heat playoff schedule in Round 2, the cheapest secondary ticket is currently $80, marking a 32 percent rise on the secondary market.
James led all scorers with 22 points while also collecting 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the Heat’s comfortable 21-point win last night. Ray Allen also dropped 19 as Miami remains a perfect 5-0 in the Playoffs this season. Nets head coach Jason Kidd will have to go back to the drawing board if the Nets stand any chance against the defending champs in Round 2.
Unlike the Heat, the Nets experienced a slight drop in average ticket price at home after Game 1. Before the series began, the average price for Nets playoff tickets in Brooklyn was $441.17. After suffering an embarrassing Game 1 loss, the current average price for tickets at the Barclays Center is $433.68. The Nets will also see a decline in cheapest secondary market ticket price. Before Game 1, the cheapest secondary ticket was $165 and has dropped to $138 after the loss. The $138 get-in price in Brooklyn is still the most expensive low price for any remaining team’s NBA Playoff tickets.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were consistent for the Nets as they both scored 17 points but it was not nearly enough to hold a candle to the Heat, who cruised to a 107-86 Game 1 victory. Miami was able to break away in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets 24-9 during a seven-minute span and going up 79-61 at the end of the quarter. Round 1 hero Paul Pierce was almost non-existent, scoring just 8 points in 16 minutes. The Nets will look to turn things around Thursday night as the series resumes in Miami.
The Heat have seen a boost in average ticket price on the secondary market after their Game 1 win and all signs point to a fourth consecutive conference finals on their way to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance if the Nets continue to play as poorly as they did Tuesday.