Warriors vs. Lakers Is the Most Expensive Christmas Day Game This Decade
If there’s anything NBA fans are more excited about than Old St. Nick, it’s LeBron James’ first regular season game as a Los Angeles Laker against the Warriors. They’re so excited, in fact, that the game is trending as the most expensive Christmas Day game in NBA history on the secondary market, according to TicketIQ.com.
Demand has pushed the average asking price to $1,292, ahead of the 2015 Warriors-Cavaliers game, which settled at $1,011. Those are the only two games since 2011, when TicketIQ.com began tracking data, to break the $1,000 barrier. The third most expensive game was the 2017 Warriors-Cavaliers game, which had an average asking price of $818.
Of this year’s five Dec. 25 games, the only other one to crack the Top 10 in terms of price during the last decade is the 76ers-Celtics game, which has a current average asking price of $459. The cheapest Christmas Day game since 2011 was the 2011 Clippers-Warriors game, which had an average asking price of $98. If demand doesn’t improve this year, the Blazers-Jazz game, which has a current average asking price of $124, will be the third cheapest of the decade. The 2013 Warriors-Clippers game is the second cheapest, at $117.
Overall, this year’s average asking price across all five Christmas Day games of $514.54 is the highest of the decade. No. 2 was $493.69 in 2015, followed by $400.54 last year. The cheapest year to see an NBA game on Dec. 25 was 2013, when the average was $250.13.
The NBA on Christmas Day dates to 1947, and often features a rematch of the NBA Finals. There are no fixed participants, and the slate generally includes some of the top teams. The only year without Christmas Day games since 1947 was 1998, during the lockout.
The Knicks hold the distinction of having played the most amount of Christmas Day games at 52, as well as having the most wins (22) and most losses (30). They’ll play again this year, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Below is a look at how all five Christmas Day games are shaping up:
This article first appeared on Slam.