After an absolute shellacking of the Lakers at the Staples Center, the Clippers have established themselves as the undisputed dominant team in LA. With the Clippers at 43-20, they should have full control as the city’s lone playoff team come the middle of April.
The Clips are riding a 6 game winning streak including 8 of their last 10 and currently have a 4.5 game lead over the Warriors for the Pacific Division title (which guarantees a top 4-seed). Fans are starting getting antsy for some post-season ball after last season’s early exit at the hands of the Grizzlies, and Clippers playoff tickets have already hit the secondary market.
In 2013, the average asking price for the opening round was $186, a 53% premium over that season’s regular season average and in 2012 the average price was $322, a 149% price increase from the regular season. Currently, the average asking price for 2014 opening round tickets is $342; 157% above the Clippers regular season home average of $133.
With the Clippers likely to fall anywhere between 3rd and 6th in the West, the most likely first round opponents would be Houston, Golden State, or Portland.
During the regular season, games vs the Rockets carried a 17% premium over the home average, the Warriors an 11% premium, and the Blazers a 33% decrease below the home average. Theoretically, prices have the a definite opportunity to increase if they are matched up with the star-powered Rockets as the playoffs begin. The in-state rival Warriors could also call for a price hike that could have fans wondering if they’d rather travel to the Bay and try their luck with Warriors playoff tickets prices. If the fan’s wallets have a say, they’d be hoping the Clippers get dealt the less sexy-pick with a first round matchup with the Blazers.
The Clippers are set to host the Hawks in the season’s cheapest remaining game this Saturday night.