Despite missing franchise point guard Derrick Rose for the second year in a row, the Bulls have put together another impressive regular season. Currently the 4th seed with a 35-28 record, they’ve all but clinched a playoff spot in the East, and Bulls playoff tickets have already hit the secondary market.
Tickets for the opening round currently have an average asking price of $212, 48% above the Bulls regular season home average of $143. Last year, opening round tickets vs Brooklyn averaged $215, 37% above the 2012-2013 home average of $157. 2012′s opening round series with Philly carried an average ticket price of $233, 35% above the 2011-2012 regular season average at the United Center.
The Bulls’ likely first round opponents are Washington, Brooklyn, or (to a much lesser chance) Toronto. This season, the lone home game against Washington carried a 44% discount compared to the regular season average. The visit from Brooklyn on February 13th had a 14% discount and the Raptors a 12% discount.
Based upon these numbers and past playoff premiums, it can be assumed Bulls playoff prices should see a drop on the secondary market to the 36% range ($194). The Nets certainly offer the most high-profile matchup that’ll see Joakim and KG duke it out down low, but if the fans’ wallets have a say, they’d be clamoring for the Wizards if the regular season averages will play a contributing factor.