With the Heat playing some of their best basketball of the season, they are a lock to win their 4th straight Southeast Division title. Beyond that, they will undoubtably claim the 1st or 2nd overall seed in the Eastern Conference. By doing so, the Heat are likely to square off against the Charlotte Bobcats or Atlanta Hawks in the quarterfinal round. Statistical chances of the Pistons, Cavaliers, or Knicks making a run for the playoffs still exist, but are incredibly unlikely.
While Heat playoffs tickets are already available on the secondary market, prices may change depending on the first round opponent. Last year, opening round tickets for the 2 games vs the Bucks at the American Airlines Arena commanded a resale price of $257, with cheapest ticket for either game being $62. Thus far, the average asking price for opening round tickets is $366 and cheapest available seat an even $100.
The Heat’s regular season average price is $230. Games against the Hawks come at a 22% below that average, and games vs the Bobcats 27% below. With each regular season series being significantly below the regular season average, we can speculate Heat playoff tickets prices will fall by similar lengths. A 25% price drop will place the average price of tickets at $274. With the Heat expected to come across a stronger squad such as Brooklyn or Chicago in the second round, the opening sound will in all likelihood be the cheapest opportunity to catch playoff basketball in South Beach.