The NBA Finals

Best Time to Buy NBA Finals Tickets

Best Time to Buy NBA Finals Tickets

The NBA Finals are the biggest event of the year in the National Basketball Association. Held between the champion of the Eastern Conference and the champ from the Western, the NBA Finals are a best of seven, with four games being held at the home court of the team with the better regular-season record.

As you might already know, this is the most exciting time of the year if you’re a basketball fan. This is always an exciting series, even when one team is a clear favorite. And as you probably already know, basketball fans view tickets to the NBA Finals—especially a Game Seven ticket—as the biggest and hottest item an NBA fan can ever have. These are major items and can cost tens of thousands of dollars (or more!) in some cases.

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If you’re interested in seeing the NBA Finals, don’t despair. Tickets might be expensive, but you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to get seats. Read on to see our recommended best way for getting NBA Finals tickets.

Recent NBA Finals

Right now, the two hottest teams in the NBA are the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. These two teams faced each other in the 2017 Finals, as well as 2015 and 2016. The Warriors won in 2015, while the Cavs took home the title in 2016. This is just one example of great rivalries that have emerged in these big games. The Finals is where the best teams in all of the professional basketball meet, and they are widely attended and televised around the world.

Tickets to the NBA Finals

Because this event is so popular, you can imagine how hard it is to get tickets to see these games. The first wave of tickets is usually reserved for those that have season ticket holders at the home stadium. After these tickets have been sold, the next wave is sold directly through the NBA’s preferred ticket vendor. At the same time, you will notice that tickets will start appearing on third-party ticket sites, like SeatGeek, StubHub, and more. For most of us, that latter option is really our only way to get tickets.

You can imagine that tickets are expensive for the Finals. Even if you want a seat in the nosebleed section, it’s not uncommon to pay $1,000 per seat or more. However, going to see the NBA Finals—one of the biggest events of the year—is well worth that price, especially if it happens to be the last game in the series.

How can you get tickets? That’s the big question.

Your best bet is to go through a third-party site. Because this is a popular event, you’re probably not going to find a great discount, but that doesn’t mean that you need to overpay.

One of the best methods that we have found is to purchase digital tickets through your phone. This way, you can be at the stadium, buy your tickets right before the game starts, and give yourself the best chance of getting a discount. Because this is a huge event and because tickets will not be on sale months (or even weeks) ahead of time, you won’t see the decline in price that you would see for other major events, like the Super Bowl. However, no one wants to lose out on a few thousand dollars because they couldn’t move their tickets at the last minute. But rather than going to a scalper, purchasing your tickets online gives you a cushion. Using your phone, either through the site’s app or your mobile browser, you will find that tickets do drop in price about an hour before tipoff. Buy your tickets then, and you will save a few bucks.

This is far from ideal for those of us that don’t live close to the city where the game is being held. Nobody wants to drive for a few hours only to be denied entrance to the game for a lack of tickets. But, in an ideal situation, this is the best and cheapest way for you to score last-minute tickets.


If you’re from out of town, don’t forget to think about finding a place to stay. All major NBA cities have more than enough hotels for fans to stay at, you just need to look. While it can be fun to stay in a local hotel or motel, these are often not of the same consistency in quality as national chains like Hyatt, Hilton, or even motel chains, like Motel 6. Be sure to book your room before you go to the game so you aren’t scrambling to find a place to stay at the last minute. This will help alleviate some of the stress of going to the game.

Written by Ticket Man

I've been in the ticket industry for many years. I want to share with you the best ways to get the best prices for the best seats.