After grabbing the eighth seed in the Western Conference last season, the Houston Rockets made a big move in free agency signing center Dwight Howard to pair with James Harden in the quest for an NBA championship. Expectations in Houston are the highest they’ve been since the Hakeem Olajuwon era and Rockets tickets are reflecting that. The average ticket price for a home game on the secondary market is $187, a 111% increase over the $87 game average for the 2012-13 season. Prices are also rising for Houston’s top games of the season.
1) 3/4/14 vs Miami Heat | Avg Price: $371 | Get-in Price: $108
The most expensive ticket of the season is for when the Heatcome to town on March 4. Many will be wanting to see the defending NBA champions in their only trip to Houston. This game will feature two of the top scoring per game offenses from last season. The $371 average is 102% above the average Rockets home game for 2013-14.
2) 1/8/14 vs Los Angeles Lakers | Avg Price: $335 | Get-in Price: $90
The January 8 primetime game against the Lakers is the second most demanded ticket for the 2013-14 season. The Rockets were 2-2 against the Lakers last season, but Houston now has the man who was playing center for Los Angeles during those games wearing red this year. The average price of this game is 82% above the average home game price.
3) 3/29/14 vs Los Angeles Clippers | Avg Price: $313 | Get-in Price: $57
The Rockets will welcome in the other Los Angeles team when the Clippers come into the Toyota Center on March 29. This Saturday night game will see Harden and Howard take on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The starting price of $57 is the lowest of Houston’s top five games. The $313 average is 70% above season home game average.
4) 4/4/14 vs Oklahoma City Thunder | Avg Price: $297 | Get-in Price: $67
Another primetime game occurs when Houston plays the Thunder on Friday, April 4. Tickets for this Western Conference battle are 61% above the average home game. With only seven regular season games after this for Houston, the Rockets will be in the midst of a stretch to lock down their spot in the playoffs, with the Thunder in a similar situation.
5) 1/3/14 vs New York Knicks | Avg Price: $268 | Get-in Price: $62
The earliest premium game on Houston’s home schedule is the Jan. 3 showdown with the Knicks on a Friday night. The Rockets were 2-0 against the Knicks last season with an average score of 120.0-99.5 in those two games. The Rockets averaged 43.0% shooting against the Knicks, only behind their shooting percentages against the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings last season.
The Rockets are hoping to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference this season and these ticket prices show the fans are hoping for it too. Houston will hope to carry their home success from 2012-13, a 29-12 record and 108.3 points per game, into this coming season and they’ll have to in order to hang with the other dominant teams in the West.