Time, especially in sports, can move quickly. It seems like yesterday that John Wall was a college phenom, ready to change the NBA; in reality, he’s now in his ninth professional season. And just as he has matured in Washington D.C., the Wizards have grown out of the scrappy underdog role that once defined them to a perennial playoff contender. The good news for fans looking to see them at CapOne arena is that they’re the 7th best deal value in the NBA, based on TicketIQ’s annual ranking.
While the Wizards are still looking up at the Celtics and the Raptors, they’re a safe bet to return to the postseason this year, with a line-up is almost identical to last season. ESPN projects them to finish fourth in the east. That status makes their tickets—ranked 22nd in the league in terms of average secondary market price—a steal for the savvy basketball fan.
For historical context,l Wizards ticket prices on the secondary market peaked in 2011-12 amidst optimism around the club and Wall’s potential. That year, prices packed at an average of $134 on the resale marketplace. Last year, Wizards tickets averaged $108 on the secondary market, making them the 27nd most expensive team in the league. This year prices are up 14%, with an average of $123.
While the Wizards are one of the best values in the league, games against big name opponents are understandably more expensive. The most expensive Wizards game on the secondary market this season is when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come to town; the average resale price clocks in at $384, while the visit from the Golden State Warriors is slightly less expensive with average price of $295. Games against the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, and Milwaukee Bucks round out the top five.
But even those high priced games still provide opportunity for good deals. Out of those five, only the match-up with the Lakers will cost you more than $100 for a cheap seat. The get-in price for the Warriors is $65, which is a steal compared to the cheapest ticket to see the Warriors play the Knicks, just 90 miles north. For that game, prices start at $188.
If you’re hunting for a deal, it’s also worth checking the Wizards primary ticket market on Ticketmaster. For games against marquee opposition, prices are comparable to the resale market overall, but can vary based on the game and section you’re interested in. If you’re looking for a specific seating location or price point, though, make sure you shop around.
TicketIQ has Low Price Guarantees on all Wizards games this season, with prices that are as much as 20% below other major secondary marketplaces.