After falling short in the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago the Pacers were able to retool this offseason and bring in some considerable depth to their bench in addition to Danny Granger coming back for a torn ACL. So far it has paid off for Indiana as they are off to a 3-0 start this season and are giving up a league low 83 points per game. With these recent additions adding value to the team, Indiana Pacers tickets on the secondary market have increased 7% this season, from $79 a seat a year ago to $85 this season. With that in mind, here’s a look at the top 5 games for Indiana this season:
1) 3/26/14 vs Miami Heat – Avg: $185 | Get-in: $21 | 118% Above Avg
The two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat make their last trip of the year to Indiana on March 26th to win the season series. The playoffs will be less than a month away and the Pacers will surely be looking to send a message in this game, which also is the most expensive game on the Pacers schedule. Currently, ticket prices are more than double the Pacers overall average, but with a get-in of $21 there are deals to be had.
2) 12/10/13 vs Miami Heat – Avg: $178 | Get-in: $18 | 109% Above Avg
In the first rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals the Pacers look to get some revenge against King James and company on December 12th. It will be Danny Granger’s first game to against the Heat in nearly two years as the Pacers will finally be at full strength and looking to make this a statement game. Tickets are averaging 109% above their average price at $178 per person. The get-in for this game is just $18.
3) 2/25/13 vs Los Angeles Lakers – Avg: $158 | Get-in: $19 | 86% Above Avg
Despite a poor season last year, the Los Angeles Lakers are still one of the premier franchises in the NBA and will always be one of the biggest draws of the year. Kobe Bryant will be in the starting five for this game as he looks to earn his sixth ring in the twilight of his career. Tickets for this match-up are averaging $158, 86% over their season average.
4) 12/28/13 vs Brooklyn Nets – Avg: $145 | Get-in: $15 | 71% Above Avg
The Brooklyn Nets are coming out of an offseason of change. They brought in two surefire Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett as well as Jason Terry and Andrea Kirilenko. They’re many people’s early-season favorites to win the Atlantic Division and some are even saying they could challenge the Heat for the East. This makes their last-December visit to Indianapolis an interesting one and ticket prices would suggest Pacers fans feel the same way. Tickets for this potential playoff matchup are 71% above the season average for Pacers games at $145 per seat, with a get-in price of just $15, the lowest get-in of any of the top 5 games on this list.
5) 4/13/14 vs Oklahoma City Thunder – Avg: $138 | Get-in: $21 | 62% Above Avg
The Oklahoma City Thunder make their only appearance in Indiana in early April. This game features some of the best young talent in the NBA with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook facing off against Paul George and Roy Hibbert. For this game, tickets are up currently $138 per ticket, 62% above the Pacers home average. On the low end, fans can get in for $21.
The 2013-2014 Indiana Pacers season appears to be very bright as they have a great core group of players who will help this team improve upon last year’s premature ending against Miami. The Pacers will be one of the most fun teams to watch this year as they will rely on their defense to shut down other teams. So remember for the best deals on Pacers Tickets all season long check out TiqIQ.com.