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Ticket prices for Lakers-Celtics lower than Lakers-Heat Christmas Day game

January 29, 2011 |  9:00 pm


The Lakers, Celtics and the teams' fans may hold that matchup in the highest regard, stating proudly that their rivalry holds more substance and worth than any manufactured connection with the Miami Heat.

But ticket prices suggest otherwise. Average prices for the Lakers-Celtics matchup Sunday at Staples Center are about $489, about $200 less than the Lakers-Heat Christmas Day matchup that sold on average at $690 a ticket, according to, which features  prices provided by various ticket providers.

"What the Heat game was a reflection of fan expectations of what the Finals are going to be this year," said spokesman Christian Anderson. "It's the super Friends in Miami and wanting to see that matchup. Everywhere the Heat has gone, the tickets prices have been higher because of all the hype surrounding the three guys going to that new team. But the way the Celtics are playing, that might not be the case as far as who the Lakers might see in the Finals."

It wasn't expected that Sunday's Lakers-Celtics game would sell as high as the average ticket price of $1,754.75 fans paid for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. It also doesn't mean tickets for the Lakers-Celtics game aren't in heavy demand., a website that forecasts the prices of sports and concert tickets on the secondary market, clearly shows that the $489 average ranks much higher than the Lakers' average of $174 per ticket for other regular-season games, which is the highest mark in the NBA. Regardless of whether luxury suites are selling as high as $8,446, the average prices still fall short compared to the $549 most fans paid for three days before the Lakers-Heat game.

So what does this all mean? It appears Lakers fans learned their lesson after spending all their Christmas money to see Heat embarrass the Lakers on their home floor. Should the Lakers allow that to happen against Boston, their fans can at least take solace that the aggravation didn't also come with an empty wallet. Anderson laughed at that suggestion, but downplayed that theory.

"They had a rough spot," Anderson said of the Lakers. "They seem to be back firing on all cylinders. Thats probably not going to be an issue."

--Mark Medina

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