Think supply and demand. There are more NBA games this season, so prices are down. That's what TiqIQ, which tracks prices of tickets sold on the secondary market, has found.
Last year's NBA lockout shortened the 2011-2012 season, increasing the demand — and prices — for available tickets. This year, things are back to normal, but that's not the full story, as you will see.
"NBA ticket prices are down 7.8% from this same point before the beginning of last season," said Chris Matcovich, TiqIQ's senior director of data and communications. "The major reason for that is the 82-game schedule that will be played this season, instead of the lockout-shortened 66-game season in 2011-2012."
Matcovich's data bears this out. The average NBA ticket this year costs $123.53, versus $133.99 in 2011. All fine and good, but it shouldn't be taken as a sign that tickets have reached bargain-basement prices across the board. Fans want to see certain matchups very badly, and in some of these cases this has driven up prices for those games by 400 percent or more.
Using data from TiqIQ, CNBC.com presents the 10 highest-priced NBA games of the 2012-2013 season. The prices do not represent the face value of the ticket, but rather their cost through resources like Craigslist, eBay, StubHub and TicketNetwork. These prices are aggregated by TiqIQ, whose rankings appear here and are as of Oct. 26.
Read ahead to see the 10 most expensive NBA tickets of the 2012-2013 season, according to TiqIQ.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Updated 31 Oct 2012