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The NBA Finals: High Scoring, High Prices

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The San Antonio Spurs are set to meet the Miami Heat Thursday at American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami for Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals. But fans of either team that want to attend the series in person will need to be ready to pay up big time for the experience.

The average ticket price for Thursday’s Miami home game is currently $783.95 on the secondary markets, according to event ticket aggregation site TiqIQ, with the cheapest option priced at $265. And the prices just go up from there. Of the four possible Heat home games (assuming the series goes the full seven games), the average ticket prices are currently at $824.50, $1066.21 and a whopping $1,357.05, respectively. The cheapest entry to a potential Game 7 in Miami is $405.

Things are a little easier for fans in San Antonio, where tickets are priced from “just” $714.53 to $793.31 on average for their three possible home games, and fans can get in the door for as little as $216 for the first home game next week.

Compare that to the regular season, when tickets to the Spurs were available for $60.23 and the Heat for $205.40 on average. League-wide, the average regular season seat went for $108.91.

But this is the NBA playoffs, the Finals, and even though the prices seem high they are in fact not too far out of line when compared to recent years. The average price for the Heat’s home Finals games this year is up just 8.35 percent from the team’s 2012 Final’s appearance (also against the Spurs), and is actually well below the 2010 series between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, when the average ticket went for $1,305.60. The 2011 series between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks checks in as the cheapest at just $758.39.

Hey, at least it’s still a cheaper ticket than The Masters.

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