My advice to anyone looking to buy tickets for Game 1
1. Buy season tickets. Season tickets for good teams pay for themselves, believe it or not. You will not go to all 41 games. You can pay for season tickets monthly (12-month plan). It obviously depends on how many games you actually want to attend, but Iíve found that itís a decent investment.
2. If you can not afford/are unwilling to buy season tickets, I recommend that you seek a ticket broker. Most ticket brokers actually allow you to name your price, and if they cannot find you tickets at that price, you do not pay them. Meaning they do the work and you do not even have to bother paying them. However if they find the tickets, you pay a percentage fee (varies).
3. If you want to do it on your own, do not buy tickets right now. If you live in New Jersey or more than an hour away from the arena, you can buy tickets 1-2 weeks before at a decent price. I recommend vividseats.com for this. You can contact a rep and counteroffer anything on the website. Rep will contact the seller or arrange a three-way call with the seller and you can negotiate.
4. If you live within an hour of the arena ebay/stubhub. Stubhub can sell tickets up to an hour before game time. So the offers will drop significantly. If the tickets remain unsold, they go to auction (ebay) or craigslist. Craigslist has some scams, so be careful, however you can get a STEAL on Ebay or Craigslist as panicked sellers look to get something out of their tickets.