How to Get NBA Playoffs Tickets

Apr 11, 2023


Kristen Humphries

As the regular season comes to an end, the top teams in the NBA are gearing up for an intense postseason. This year’s NBA playoffs promise to be an exciting ride, with a number of intriguing storylines taking shape. 

The Phoenix Suns made a big move during the trade deadline by acquiring superstar Kevin Durant, making them a team to watch during the 2023 playoffs. However, the key player suffered a recent injury to his ankle, and critics are skeptical about whether he can hold up long enough to push through the playoffs and into the finals.

2021 championship winners, the Milwaukee Bucks, are heading into the NBA playoff bracket as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and many fans are predicting them as the championship title winners for the 2023 Season. Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets are coming in hot as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, but with their MVP player Nikola Jokic listed as questionable due to an injury, they could take a massive hit in the playoffs. 

One of the most exciting storylines of this year’s playoffs is the return of the Sacramento Kings, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2006. Led by All-Star guard DeAaron Fox, the Kings will be looking to make some noise in the postseason. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA playoffs, including the full NBA bracket, Playoff schedule and how to buy tickets with SeatGeek. 

How do the NBA playoffs work?

The NBA playoffs consist of 16 teams, 8 from each conference, who compete in a best-of-seven elimination tournament to determine the league champion. The teams are seeded based on their regular season record, with the top team in each conference earning the No. 01 seed, and so on.  

Each series is a best-of-seven format, with the first team to win four games advancing to the next round. The playoffs are divided into three rounds in each conference, with the winners of each conference facing off in the NBA Finals. The NBA Finals is also a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games being crowned the NBA champions. 

What is the 2023 NBA playoffs schedule?

The 2023 NBA playoffs will begin with the Play-In Tournament on April 11-14th. First rounds of the NBA playoffs begin on April 15th, and the Semifinals are set to begin early May, with the Final Rounds kicking off in June. 

Here is a breakdown of the NBA Playoff schedule.

2023 NBA Play-In Tournament schedule

Tuesday, April 11th, 2023

Game 1 – Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat – 7:30 PM ET (TNT)

Game 2 – Minnesota Timberwolves @ LA Lakers – 10:00 PM ET (TNT)

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

Game 3 – Chicago Bulls @ Toronto Raptors – 7:00 PM ET (ESPN)

Game 4 – Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans – 9:30 PM ET (ESPN)

Friday, April 14th, 2023

Game 5 – TBD (TNT) – Winner of Game 3 will compete against Loser of Game 1 

Game 6 – TBD (ESPN) – Winner of Game 4 will compete against Loser of Game 2 

2023 NBA playoffs: first-round schedule 

Saturday, April 15th, 2023

Brooklyn Nets @ Philadelphia 76ers – 1:00 PM ET (ESPN)

No. 7 Seed (East) @ Boston Celtics – 3:30 PM ET (ESPN)

New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers – 6:00 PM ET (ESPN)

Sunday, April 16th, 2023

No. 08 Seed (East) @ Milwaukee Bucks – TBD

No. 08 Seed (West) @ Denver Nuggets – TBD

No. 07 Seed (West) @ Memphis Grizzlies – TBD 

How to get NBA playoffs tickets

NBA playoffs tickets are some of the most sought-after sports tickets in the world, making them more expensive than your average season game. Luckily, SeatGeek has your ticketing needs covered! Let’s review the average cost of NBA playoff tickets and how to find the cheapest tickets with SeatGeek. 

2023 NBA playoffs ticket prices 

Ticket prices for the NBA playoffs will vary depending on the location of the game, the teams playing, and the round of the playoffs. In general, early games in the NBA playoffs start around $100, whereas games playoff Games 3 and 4 start around $300. On average, tickets for NBA playoff games are roughly $350 and run as high as $30,678 for courtside tickets. 

How to buy 2023 NBA playoffs tickets 

Are you ready to buy tickets for the 2023 NBA playoffs or Finals? The best way to get tickets to the NBA playoffs is to purchase them directly from the NBA or from an authorized ticket vendor like SeatGeek. To view a complete list of upcoming NBA playoff games, head to SeatGeek’s official NBA page

Once you’ve selected the game you want to attend, you will be able to browse through a list of tickets and use an interactive seat map to check your view. Don’t forget to use SeatGeek’s filters for seamless searching! You can search by ‘Quantity,’ ‘Courtside,’ ‘Center Court,’ ‘Baseline,’ ‘Best Seats,’ ‘Low Prices,’ and ‘VIP.’ 

Pro Tip: Select the ‘Include Fees’ filter to avoid hidden checkout fees! 

Who won the NBA Finals 2022?

Dating back to 1947 – the NBA Championship games have featured countless notable storylines, highlights and winners. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers made history by becoming the first team to win the NBA championship after being down 3-1 in the series, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7. 

And let’s not forget about the 2020 NBA Finals, when the Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th championship amid the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the Boston Celtics as the most successful NBA teams in NBA history. 

In 2022, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Boston Celtics 103-90 to secure their fourth championship in eight years. Stephen Curry played a crucial role in the win, scoring 34 points and contributing seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the team to the buzzer in Game Six. He also earned his first Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award, adding to his already impressive list of accolades. 

Stay tuned for all the latest updates on the NBA playoffs bracket and schedule as we bring you all the action and drama from the court. Let the games begin!