Can't afford to buy a ticket to a Knicks game, but still have that basketball fix?

Then you might have better luck going to a New Jersey Nets game.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that tickets for a Nets game are selling for as low as a penny for second-tier seats for Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. game against the Detroit Pistons, which marks at least the second time this season that it has happened.

For better seats, though, fans can pay as low as 70 cents per ticket for lower baseline seats or even $7 for lower center seats.

By comparison, tickets for when the Knicks visit the Nets on Apr. 18 bottomed out at $23 for seats in the second tier.

Stubhub spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer told the Daily News that penny tickets aren't unusual for the 7-15 Nets, who have accounted for 40 of the site's 41 instances of one-penny ticket sales.

It's incredible, she said. We've been tracking prices and over the last few weeks, this is the cheapest ticket we've seen in the league.

Ferrer also said that the ticket prices may get better for the Nets once they move to Brooklyn, but cautioned they may never escalate to Knicks prices because of the history being the second team in a big New York market.

It's like comparing the Lakers to the Clippers and in a sense the Clippers were always the red headed step-child, she said. And as soon as they got (Chris Paul) we saw demand eclipse that of the Lakers but we still see prices lower than that of the Lakers' games.

Nevertheless, the game against the Pistons Wednesday night isn't the only opportunity to practically go to a game for free. Four other upcoming games might have you reaching for a penny in your piggy bank.

They are, according to Stubhub:

  • Minnesota Timberwolves at New Jersey Nets - Friday Feb. 3, 2012 (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • Detroit Pistons at New Jersey Nets - Wednesday Feb. 8, 2012 (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • Memphis Grizzlies at New Jersey Nets - Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012 (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • Milwaukee Bucks at New Jersey Nets - Sunday Feb. 19, 2012 (7:00 p.m. EST)