The NBA Western Conference Finals are making their way to Houston for the first time in almost two decades. The last time that Houston hosted a Western Conference Finals game, was in 1997, when the Rockets roster included names like Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon. The 2015 Houston Rockets team looks significantly different from those 1997 Rockets, and come back to Houston in a pretty large hole, after dropping the series’ first two games to the Golden State Warriors. Despite being down 2 games to 0, demand for Houston Rockets Western Conference Playoff Tickets has increased drastically over the first two rounds of the Western Conference playoffs, with the median ticket prices for the Rockets first two home games, more than doubling the first two home games from the previous two series.
Here is a look at the median ticket prices for Houston Rockets home playoff games this postseason.
It may go without saying, but ticket prices are expected to continue to rise if the Rockets are able to pull out a win in Game 3 and go even higher if they can also win Game 4. In their Western Conference Semi-Final series against the Los Angeles Clippers, median ticket prices shot up from $190 in the Rockets 2nd home game to more than than $460 for their 3rd game at the Toyota Center. If the Rockets are able to erase this 0-2 series deficit and come back to Houston for a game 6, ticket prices will likely be the highest for the Rockets in over a decade.
While the Rockets find themselves in a difficult spot down by 2 games, the series has been nothing but thrilling so far. Game 2 ended in heartbreak for Houston as the Rockets erased a 7 point 4th quarter deficit, only to fall just 1 point short. The fact that the Rockets have played well doesn’t make the road ahead any easier for Houston. The Warriors have been the dominant team in the Western Conference from the start of the 2014-15 NBA Season, and the Rockets have shown no indication of finding an answer to Steph Curry. But Rockets fans may remember being in a similar situation in both the 1994 and 1995 Western Conference Semi-Finals, and both times the team was able to come back and win the series. If any team in the playoffs is equipped to come back from a 2 game deficit, it is the Rockets, for no other reason than they have already done it. The Rockets looked to be on the ropes against the Clippers, down 1-3. But Houston roared back, winning 3 in a row to head to the Western Conference Finals. Given the way that the Warriors have played in the Bay Area, the Rockets will have to treat each of these next two home games as must wins, a sense of urgency that will likely push demand and prices for Rockets Playoff tickets higher and higher.