With a young team focused on the future, the Utah Jazz are taking a huge hit in the win column this year. After Wednesday night's first victory of the season over New Orleans, the Jazz stand at 1-8 on the year.
For fans, though, the hit isn't as big. To see Utah play at EnergySolutions Arena, the median ticket price is $76 this year, according to Vivid Seats. That is 18th in the league, $124 cheaper than the team at the top, the New York Knicks.
In average ticket price, Utah comes in slightly higher in the league, with its $163 per ticket average 14th among NBA teams.
How do Jazz ticket prices stack up against the rest of the league? Here's a look at some of the prices, according to Vivid Seats:
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1. New York Knicks
Median ticket price: $200
Average ticket price: $341
It's not a cheap night to go see the Knicks play at the 18,200-capacity Madison Square Garden. The Knicks' median ticket price is $20 above the next-highest team and their average ticket price is $49 higher than No. 2 in the league. Currently, New York is just 1-3 in home games.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Median ticket price: $180
Average ticket price: $276
Despite the Lakers being projected to be one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season, Los Angeles is still earning premium money from ticket sales at the 18,118-capacity Staples Center. The Lakers' average ticket price drops to third in the league, and the team is 3-2 in home games so far this season.
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
Median ticket price: $170
Average ticket price: $243
Expected to be a serious NBA title contender this season, the Thunder's average ticket price at the 18,203-capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena is fifth in the league, $21 below the fourth-highest team. That's also nearly $50 less than the team in second. Oklahoma City has rewarded its fans thus far, going 3-0 at home this season.
4. Chicago Bulls
Median ticket price: $165
Average ticket price: $264
The Bulls come in as the second-most expensive team to see play in the Eastern Conference, playing at the 20,500-capacity United Center. Chicago, like the Thunder, is a perfect 3-0 at home in 2013-14 (though it's 0-3 away from the United Center).
5. Miami Heat
Median ticket price: $155
Average ticket price: $292
The two-time defending NBA champions come in fifth in median ticket price, though their average ticket price at the 19,600-capacity American Airlines Arena is second-most expensive in the league. The $292 average ticket price is $49 less than the most expensive, New York, as well as $49 above the fifth-most expensive, Oklahoma City. The Heat are 4-1 at home this season.
While the San Antonio Spurs were just mere seconds away from wrapping up an NBA title last year, it would be tough to tell at the ticket gate. Vivid Seats reports that the median price for Spurs' tickets is $59, fifth-lowest in the league; it gets better in average ticket price, as San Antonio's average is $106, third-lowest in the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers are also a good-value buy, considering the team made the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Indiana's median price of $55 is third-lowest in the league and its average ticket price of $115 is 26th.
The cheapest place to catch a game? That would be Cleveland, where the median ticket price is $42 and the average price is $88, $2 higher than Milwaukee. The Bucks' tickets have a median price of $60.
Christmas isn't just the most wonderful time of the year for families who get together and enjoy the holiday season; the NBA soaks in the holiday cheer as well.
Or perhaps more accurately, the league brings in the green.
Of the five most expensive games to see during the 2013-14 NBA season, three of them are between Christmas and New Year's. Two of the games are on Christmas Day.
So what games do fans have to shell out the big bucks for?
Note: The Jazz do not show up anywhere on a list of the top 25 most expensive matchups this season.
At a median ticket price of $479, this Christmas contest is $80 more than the second-most expensive. The average ticket price is $657.
Last Christmas: On Dec. 25, 2012, the Lakers played, and beat, the New York Knicks 100-94 at the Staples Center. L.A.'s Kobe Bryant and New York's Carmelo Anthony each scored 34 points in that contest.
Last meeting at the Staples Center: On Jan. 17, the visiting Heat came away victorious. LeBron James scored 39 points and Miami put up 68 points in the paint — compared to just 28 for the Lakers — in the 99-90 Heat win.
The median ticket price of this contest is $399, more than $50 above the third-most expensive contest, and the average ticket price is $708. That is the second-most expensive average ticket cost for any NBA game this season.
Last meeting at Madison Square Garden: On March 3, Miami took home the road win, beating New York 99-93. Behind the strength of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — who combined for 65 points — the Heat rolled to their 14th straight victory.
This contest has the third-most expensive median ticket price of $345, but it is far and away the most expensive average ticket price, at $1,026. That is $318 more than the next-highest average ticket price, the Heat-Knicks game on Feb. 1.
Last meeting at Chesapeake Energy Arena: While the Thunder won their series with the Rockets in last year's playoffs four games to two, Oklahoma City couldn't wrap up the series at home. On May 1, Houston won its second straight game, 107-100, behind a 31-point, eight-rebound effort from James Harden. Two nights later, OKC won at Houston 103-94 to advance.
This game, the second Christmas one on this list, has a median ticket price of $335, with an average ticket price of $506, the lowest among the top five most expensive matchups.
Last Christmas: The Knicks played on the road at Los Angeles during the 2012 holiday, losing 100-94.
Last meeting at Madison Square Garden: On March 7, the Knicks were dealt a close loss by the Thunder, 95-94. J.R. Smith, who scored 36 points to lead New York, missed a two-point shot at the buzzer, as well as a 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining. Kevin Durant paced OKC with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
This early January tilt comes in at a median ticket price of $328, with an average ticket price of $508.
Quick fact: This is the second Heat-Knicks matchup on this list, and Miami shows up in the top five three times. Every time, the two-time defending champions are the away team.