05:00 PM - December 14, 2010 by Steve_OS
To a sports fan, seeing the thrill of victory in person is the ultimate reward. Unfortunately, not every game turns out the way you want it to. If you’d prefer to avoid that 9-3 loss in 20 degree weather or that 7-1 blowout, TiqIQ and OperationSports are introducing TiqSims to help. In addition to providing you all the data you need to get the best deal, we’ll be running game simulations on the biggest games of the week. We hope this gives you a better idea of what you’re getting in return for your hard-earned dollars.
Our inaugural TiqSim takes place at the Worlds Most Famous Arena— Madison Square Garden—and features two of the NBA’s biggest matchups of the week as the red hot Knicks host the red hot Celtics and Heat. Game one features The Celtics vs. Knicks on Wednesday, 12/15 and Game two features The Heat vs. Knicks on Friday, 12/17. For years, Knicks fans have spent a lot of energy wondering when the Orange and Blue would be relevant again. Now they get the chance to see if their 15-9 Knicks can continue their hot play against two elite teams.
According to our TiqSims, both games will come down to the wire. Not surprisingly, both Paul Pierce and LeBron James have huge games. Unfortunately for Knicks fans, both games end up going against the home team. Because of the relative value of the Celtics/Knicks game (26%% below the Heat game avg.), we give it a TiqSim rating of 9. Because of the astronomical price for Knicks/Heat (232% above Knicks home avg.), we give it a rating of 8. With dramatic finishes and the mega star wattage on display, however, these are both games you’ll be talking about for weeks, if not years, to come.
With just over 24 hours to Knicks/Celtics, prices are begining to soar: up 60% this week already. However, there are still some great deals, especially in TiqZone 400's Center where prices are down 19% over the last week and there are still over hudreds of tickets available.
Click here for Deals on Celtics/Knicks (http://www.tiqiq.com/Tiqiq/SingleEve...136&WidgetID=1).
As for the Heat game on Friday night, this is as big, and expensive as it gets. At an average price of $518, tickets are selling for 232% more than the Knicks season average, and should remain very high all the way to gameday. While the best deal on the board is around $140, quantity remains very high, with over 6,000 tickets available. With only 6 days until the game, if tickets don’t move, prices could drop as much as 25%, especially in TiqZones with the largest amount of inventory, like 300’s and 400’s Corner. Keep your eyes peeled.
Click here for deals on Heat/Knicks (http://www.tiqiq.com/Tiqiq/SingleEve...136&WidgetID=1).