LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Basketball fans hoping to watch the NBA Playoffs in person at the Verizon Center this weekend might be out of luck — or money.

Ticket prices to see the Washington Wizards host their first playoff game since 2008 are skyrocketing in advance of Friday night’s Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls.

Ticketmaster lists 92 seats still available for Friday’s game, but all of those are single seats — meaning you and your friend won’t be sitting next to each other at the game.

The cheapest of those seats costs $95, which will land you in the very top row of the arena with your back against the cement wall (At least you can stand the whole game, right?). Move a few sections over and a seat in the same row costs $105.

A seat closer to the action in the 200-level costs more than $200. Want a seat in the lower level? Get ready to spend anywhere upwards of $400.

There are an additional 103 tickets available for resale on Ticketmaster but those don’t offer cheaper seats, just more options.

Shelling out $750 will get you a seat on the floor two rows behind the basket. Putting down $899 will land you seats in the first row behind the Bulls bench.

Secondary ticket market websites Stubhub and TiqIQ aren’t offering any bargains — the cheapest seat available on StubHub is $106 and TiqIQ is $116, and those are in the “nose-bleeds.”

A Wizards win Friday likely will boost ticket prices for Sunday’s Game 4, when Washington could potentially advance to the second round for the first time since 2005.

The Wizards are already starting presale for tickets to Game 6 if necessary.


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