During this off-season, all-star center Dwight Howard decided to bolt from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets. After much clashing with head coach Mike D’Antoni along with all-star guard and hometown hero Kobe Bryant and Howard thought it was best that he moved on. It was a huge story of the offseason, but now it’s time to move forward for the Lakers. However, they will have to do it without Kobe, at least for a little while as he recovers from a torn achilles. Kobe’s likely absence and the struggles of last season have hurt demand for tickets in LA. Last year, Los Angeles Lakers tickets averaged $362 for home games, this year prices are down 27% and averaging $264, their lowest average price in four years.
1) December 25, 2013 – Miami Heat – Avg Price: $596 | Get-in Price: $144
On Christmas Day the Lakers will host the world champion Miami Heat. LeBron James and his Miami Heat squad come to Los Angeles for their only trip of the year. This game between the two powerhouses represents a 126% increase for Lakers tickets over their home average. Fans are looking for tickets for this Christmas day game on the secondary market can get-in for as low as $144.
2) March 9, 2014 – Oklahoma City Thunder – Avg Price: $397 | Get-in Price: $64
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder come to town for what will be their second trip to LA in early March. Tickets for this game are currently the 2nd most expensive game of the year and averaging $397 per seat, 50% above the Lakers home average. On the low end, tickets can currently be had for a low as $64. If the Lakers are back being the contenders we’re all accustomed to, expect that get-in price to jump over $100.
3) February 19, 2014 – Houston Rockets – Avg Price: $385 | Get-in Price: $60
Dwight Howard will make his return to LA in early April when the Houston Rockets visit the Los Angeles. This one will be must-see TV and ticket prices are already showing the high demand for this one. At $385 per seat, prices for this game are 46% above the home game average for Lakers tickets. Fans that are looking on the secondary market to see James Harden take on the Los Angeles Lakers see that prices will be as low as $60.
4) March 6, 2014 – Los Angeles Clippers – Avg Price: $382 | Get-in Price: $57
The second home gave meeting against the crosstown rival Los Angeles Clippers comes in early March and Kobe Bryant will be back for this late-season showdown. Los Angeles Lakers tickets for this are averaging of $382, 44% above the home average. If you’re searching for secondary market tickets to see Chris Paul and Blake Griffin against Kobe Bryant you will find tickets for as low as $57, the cheapest tickets of any top 5 game.
5) March 25, 2014 – New York Knicks – Avg Price: $375 | Get-in Price: $61
When the Los Angeles Lakers host the New York Knicks in late March this matchup between the two coasts could be full of drama and playoff ramifications. New York v LA is always a big matchup and this one should be even bigger with the return of Metta World Peace to LA. Lakers tickets for the game in are averaging $375 a ticket, 42% above their home average. On the low end, tickets can be found for as low as $61.