The Los Angeles Clippers have caught a lot of criticism this year. Whether it’s head coach Doc Rivers showing potential nepotism by trading for his son (Austin Rivers), or L.A. not consistently dominating on offense, the Clips can’t seem to please anyone. Despite all of their supposed flaws, L.A. remains in contention for a top-three finish in the brutal Western Conference and could still make a run to the NBA Finals.
While a title run is far from a lock, the value is easy to see in an underrated Clippers squad, as Clippers tickets on ScoreBig.com are just $148.23 on average this year (about $20 less than a Thunder team that barely has a winning record). Factor in a winning record, an explosive offense and highlight reel dunks via Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and the value appears to be staggering for Lob City.
To get a better idea of just how good L.A. fans have it this year, let’s take a closer look at their ticket value by breaking down their cheapest and most expensive February home games:
Most Expensive – 2/19/2015 vs. San Antonio Spurs | Avg: $139.16 | Get-in: $25
Clippers tickets slide down around $9 below their season average when the Spurs come to town, which is almost crazy considering San Antonio is the defending champs. What’s even crazier is that these teams are separated by just a couple of wins in the standings, while this is also the final meeting between these two in the regular season.
L.A. will want to snag this one for several reasons, as the Spurs are up 2-1 in the season series and another head to head win could end up pushing San Antonio past the Clips in the standings. The Clippers win in the star power and youth departments, while they can also hang their hat on the fact that they were in all three games against the Spurs this year. If they can execute their offense and keep Tim Duncan from going nuts down low, they’ll have a shot at earning a big home win.
Cheapest – 2/23/2015 vs. Memphis Grizzlies | Avg: $109.37 | Get-in: $11
Fans can come back to the Staples Center four days later and pay $30 less on average for tickets to the Grizzlies than the game against the Spurs. The Memphis Grizzlies bring a nasty defense and excellent team play into L.A., as they’ll look to stay atop the Southeast division.
Memphis easily handled the Clips in their only meeting earlier in the year, but this second clash could carry a good amount of weight, as these two face off three times to close the regular season. Los Angeles will want to stand their ground and get a big win at home, but they’ll need better performances from Griffin and Jordan (combined 9-for-23 in first meeting). Regardless of how it goes down, the cheap seats are just $11 for this huge showdown, so fans won’t have much reason to complain.