The Houston Rockets want to make the leap from appearing in the Western Conference Finals to appearing in the NBA Finals, after a postseason experience that had its ups and downs. After coming back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers to reach the conference finals, the Rockets bowed out unceremoniously to the eventual NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.
James Harden and Dwight Howard are hoping point guard Ty Lawson, their biggest addition over the offseason, and NBA Draft selections Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell are the missing pieces to reach the next tier. With Western Conference opponents like the San Antonio Spurs loading up during the offseason, the improving New Orleans Pelicans with phenom Anthony Davis, and the Warriors fueled by going back-to-back, it looks like there will be a tough road ahead, as is seemingly always the case when playing in the West.
With Harden becoming one of the league’s brightest superstars, tickets to Rockets games are highly sought after on the secondary market, especially for national televised games like on Christmas Day. With secondary market information from SeatSmart.com, below are some of the most expensive games of the upcoming season.
11/14/2015 | Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks | Toyota Center | Average Price: $776.67 | Get-in Price: $252
2/9/2016 | Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $599.19 | Get-in Price: $117.40
1/15/2016 | Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Toyota Center | Average Price: $366.08 | Get-in Price: $109
12/25/2015 | Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs | Toyota Center | Average Price: $321.13 | Get-in Price: $74
There are some major players on the list of most expensive Houston Rockets tickets on the secondary market, including the Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs and Mavericks. The most expensive is interestingly against the in-state rival Mavs, having an average ticket price of $776.67 and a get-in price of $252. Dallas had a disappointing conclusion to their 2014-15 campaign but remain a perennial contender, which is why tickets to see the Mavericks and Rockets hook up are are in high demand. The defending champions follow suit as part of the Rockets’ most expensive road contest of the season in February, with an average ticket price of $599.19 and a get-in price of $117.40.
Games against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and Tim Duncan and the Spurs on Christmas Day round out the list. Both games have average ticket prices over $300 but still have some valuable deals with get-in prices of $109 and $74, respectively. The latter deal is especially salivating, as the Spurs and Rockets always meet on Christmas Day and this could be the final time San Antonio great Tim Duncan laces up for their holiday affairs.
With the Rockets having Harden and Howard, the star power gathers quickly when quality competition comes into the Toyota Center. With stars like Duncan, James, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and others lined up to take on the Rockets, it’s going to be another entertaining NBA season for a Rockets team that is clearly still on the rise.