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Lakers, Clippers are hottest tickets in NBA

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers are introduced at Green Meadows Recreation Center on July 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Getty Images)

The summer arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George at the Los Angeles Clippers, and the teaming up of Anthony Davis with LeBron James at cross-town rivals Los Angeles Lakers, has directly led to the National Basketball Association’s two LA teams becoming the hottest tickets in the league.

The Lakers are online ticket marketplace StubHub’s most in-demand team for the third consecutive season, followed by the Clippers, who jumped from 10th place to No. 2. Meanwhile, the encounters between the LA teams on October 22 and December 25 are StubHub’s most in-demand individual games.

“For a long time, the Clippers have played little brother to the Lakers, but if you look at the data of our ticket demand for the Clippers this year, it’s through the roof,” said Akshay Khanna, general manager of the NBA at StubHub.

“And that’s being driven by them having acquired two of the biggest stars in the NBA. Combine that with the Lakers having two of the biggest stars of their own and you have a market that is basketball crazy, one that is ready for what could be a really historic rivalry,” Khanna said.

Meanwhile, the arrival of No. 1 Draft pick Zion Williamson has led to ticket demand for New Orleans Pelicans games rising 323 percent year on year. The Pelicans have entered StubHub’s top 10 for the first time, at ninth place.

“It is Zion driven, but in the Anthony Davis trade the Pelicans also acquired a really rich cast of exciting talent to pair alongside Zion…,” Khanna told NBC Sports. “I’m sure we will see them be a big draw not just in New Orleans but in whatever cities they visit. Everyone wants to get a piece of Zion, that’s for sure.”