NBA All-Star Game Sees Astronomical Jump in Ticket Prices

By Jeric Griffin
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The 2013 NBA All-Star Game is sure to be full of points and highlight-reel plays that include alley-oops and between-the-legs passes. However, most of us will be watching from home as it’s pretty pricey to attend the big game. Here are some numbers for you to chew on:

This year, the average price for a ticket to the NBA All-Star Game is $1,485, which is an 88 percent increase from 2012 ($788). So if you want to see big names like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant play in person, you’re better off doing that at their respective teams’ games.

There are only seven teams represented in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game and their average ticket prices are listed below:

Boston Celtics: $122

Los Angeles Clippers: $128

Brooklyn Nets: $133

Oklahoma City Thunder: $145

Miami Heat: $184

New York Knicks: $230

Los Angeles Lakers: $277

That comes out to $1,218, so you could save $267 by attending each one of these team’s games this year and not attending the All-Star Game alone. I’d definitely take that travel package.

If you’re more interested in the pop culture aspect of NBA All-Star Weekend, you can hit up the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game for just $209, which is $40 less than the average a year ago. I would definitely drop a pair of Benjamins to see Usain Bolt play basketball (yes, he’s participating this year).

Our proud partners over at Vivid Seats actually offer the least expensive NBA All-Star Game tickets on the web, so be sure to check them out if you’re planning to watch some of the NBA’s best play a lot of offense and no defense this year.

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