Washington has Wizards fever. Indianapolis has Pacers malaise. That’s what happens when one team advances to the second round for the second time in 32 years and the other sleepwalks into the playoffs one year after coming within one win of a spot in the NBA Finals.
How bad is it in Indy? The fans aren’t even excited for gold rally towels!
@Pacers How about you sell Hibbert and give us all free jerseys?
— K.J Welsh (@kieranjwelsh) May 6, 2014
@Pacers Will the players be there, too?
— Zachary Brown (@redfoster) May 6, 2014
The stark contrast in the level of excitement for playoff basketball in Washington and Indianapolis is reflected in the ticket prices for games at Verizon Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
SeatGeek reports that fans have so far paid 10 times more for tickets to Game 3 in D.C. ($225 average) than they did for Game 1 in Indy ($25 average), and that some tickets for Game 1 sold for less than $3 on the secondary market.
Fans paid an average of $135 per ticket for Game 3 of the first-round series at Verizon Center, which suggests that Wizards fever is spreading. As of this writing, tickets for Game 2 in Indianapolis start at $11 and tickets for Game 3 at Verizon Center start at $97.
The story’s the same on TicketCity.com…
Average NBA Playoff Ticket Prices (Second Round)
…and on StubHub. There are fewer than 1,000 tickets available for tonight’s game with tickets starting at $7. There are more than 3,000 tickets available for Friday’s game with tickets starting at $96.
If the Wizards don’t sweep, you could probably road-trip to Indianapolis with a few friends for Game 5 for less money than it would cost to attend Game 4. By then, the Pacers might be handing out white towels.