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NBA Basketball is back and tickets are hot!

Clippers Tickets are hotNBA fans across the nation are happy as the 2011-2012 season has begun.  Following the labor dispute, the NBA season has been shortened to just 66 games.  That means that teams have to squeeze in a lot of games in a short period of time.  As such the season is filled with back-to-back and back-to-back-to-back games.  While the work load is likely difficult on the NBA players, fans get to enjoy some great basketball on each and every night.

In the event ticketing world, NBA tickets are a bit of an untapped market.  While most ticket brokers turn their attention to events that yield higher profit margins such as  concerts and football (both NFL and College), the market is also strong for many NBA teams.  So if you are looking to sell tickets to NBA games we’ve put together a list of the top 10 teams to market for the 2011-2012 NBA Season.

1.  LA Clippers

This one is a bit of a surprise as the Clippers have been overshadowed by the LA Lakers.  However, the addition of Chris Paul and the emergence of Blake Griffin has really drawn a lot of fan interest.

2. New York Knicks

NY Knicks fans have been waiting for a decent team to root for since the Patrick Ewing era.  With Carmelo Anthony back and the addition of Tyson Chandler this team is one of the top contenders in the NBA East.

3. Chicago Bulls

Since the Michael Jordan era Bulls tickets have always been a commodity.  Now that the Bulls are once again title contenders with MVP Derrick Rose at the helm, tickets are in even more demand.

4. Miami Heat

The Miami Heat would be much higher on the list if it weren’t for the fact they play in Miami.  Even with the 3-headed beast of James, Wade, and Bosh Miami fans just don’t seem to care much until playoff time.  Miami has to be one of the worst cities for professional sports fans!

5. Oklahoma City Thunder

Although Oklahoma City is not exactly a big basketball city, Kevin Durant and company are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA.

6. LA Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers tickets are always in demand and this season will be no exception even though they are expected to be on the decline following the retirement of Phil Jackson.  However, any team with Kobe Bryant will draw in the fans.

7. Orlando Magic

Magic fans are coming out in droves to convince perennial MVP candidate Dwight Howard he should stay.

8. Dallas Mavericks

Fresh off their NBA Championship season the Mavs are a little long in the tooth but they still are the champs.  They also still have Dirk Nowitski and should be a lock for another playoff season.

9. New Jersey Nets

Tickets to Nets games are on the rise with continued rumors of a Dwight Howard trade.  Throw in a move next year to the Bronx and the acquisition of Deron Williams and things are looking up for the Nets franchise.

10. Denver Nuggets

It looks as though Nuggets fans are saying good riddance to Carmelo Anthony.  While they no longer have their superstar their team basketball and solid defense has them looking really good!

2010-11 NBA Western Conference Northwest Division Preview

Oklahoma City Thunder  Tickets

Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder will be looking to take their game to the next level this season!

The NBA’s Western Conference, Northeast Division has to be considered one of the best with 4 of the 5 teams likely headed to the playoffs once again.  The Kevin Durant led OKC Thunder, will likely lead the pack but will be challenged by the Denver Nuggets (if Carmelo stays) and a young Portland Trail Blazer team.  Even the dependable Utah Jazz could end up winning this division.

#1 Oklahoma City Thunder

Additions: Cole Aldrich, Morris Peterson, Daequan Cook

Subtractions: Etan Thomas

The Oklahoma City Thunder seemingly came out of nowhere last year and be a dominant force in the NBA.  Kevin Durant is a beast and will only get better.  Fans in OKC are also excited to see what young talented players like Serge Ibaka and James Harden can bring to the table with increased minutes.

Ticket Demand:  B

The OKC Thunder are an exciting young team with a NBA superstar in Kevin Durant.  Ticket demand would be an A+ is this team was in a major market that had a history with the NBA.  Be that as it may, OKC fans should be intrigued by this team.

#2 Denver Nuggets

Additions: Al Harrington, Shelden Williams

Subtractions: Malik Allen, Joey Graham, Johan Petro

As long as Carmelo Anthony is still a member, the Denver Nuggets will be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.  Along with “melo, the Nuggets also have solid pieces in place with Nene, Harrington, and Chauncey Billups.  That said, the core of this team is not getting any younger and are likely on the decline.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Nuggets have one of the most exciting players in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony (for the time being) but Denver is not exactly the best basketball market.

#3 Portland Trail Blazers

Additions: Wesley Matthews

Subtractions: Juwan Howard, Martell Webster, Luke Babbitt, Armon Johnson

The Portland Trail Blazers could be one of the teams that improve the most this season.  They have one of the best guards in the NBA with Brandon Roy to go along with a stellar power forward in LaMarcus Aldridge.  If Greg Oden can stay healthy and live up to his enormous potential, the NBA Finals are not out of the question.

Ticket Demand:  B+

The Trail Blazers have a young and exciting team in a fairly large market. If the Blazers take a step forward this year as we expect, tickets could be in big demand.

#4 Utah Jazz

Additions: Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, Francisco Elson

Subtractions: Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, Kosta Koufos

It seems the Utah Jazz lose key players year after year but somehow Jerry Sloan keeps putting together playoff caliber teams.  Sloan should once again be able to surround Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko with a solid support casting that will once again be consistently good.

Ticket Demand:  B-

The Utah Jazz have perhaps the best point guard in the game with Deron Williams but Salt Lake City is a subpar basketball market and are not expected to contend for a NBA title.

#5 Minnesota Timberwolves

Additions:  Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Luke Ridnour

Subtractions: Ramon Sessions, Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes

The Timberwolves have been cellar dwellars since Kevin Garnett left the team and its hard to imagine things changing much this season.  That said, the Timberwolves acquired former 1st round pick Michael Beasley and if he ever turns out to be the player everyone thought he could be they future might be just a little brighter.  Apparently has cleaned up his act and is more focused – only time will tell.

Ticket Demand:  C+

Minnesota hasn’t had much to be excited about in some time and that is clearly reflected in their ticket demand.  If Beasley can become a star, things might look up a bit but the Timberwolves will have a hard time giving away tickets.