With the offseason in the rearview mirror and the NBA regular season opener just over three weeks away, the Los Angeles Clippers are preparing for their push for an NBA title with the core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The last two seasons have been a whirlwind for NBA fans following the franchise. After removing Donald Sterling from his title as owner in 2014, the focus was all on the basketball court for one of the most talented teams in the Western Conference. While leading the Houston Rockets three games to one in the Western Conference Semifinals, an on-court collapse had Doc Rivers on the hot seat for both his roles as head coach and President of Basketball Operations. Along with Rivers, NBA media types were questioning if the trio of Paul, Griffin and Jordan was good enough to compete for an NBA title.
Los Angeles thought they had lost their star center in free agency to the Dallas Mavericks before Jordan got cold feet and changed his mind before the official deadline. The Clippers, left for dead with a depleted roster, are back on the radar to compete for an NBA title. In addition to their already strong roster, the Clippers added future Hall of Fame veteran swingman Paul Pierce, who may be the closer the Clippers have been looking for.
The Clippers’ opening game is on October 28 against the Sacramento Kings on the road at Sleep Train Arena. According to SeatSmart.com, tickets to see the Clippers on the secondary market have an average price of $222.90 and a get-in price of $41. The most expensive Clippers tickets on the secondary market for the entire season comes on March 23 against the arch-nemesis Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, having an average price of $571.70 and a get-in price of $108. Many people would say that the Clippers-Warriors rivalry is the best in all of basketball today.
Their second most expensive game is in their home arena, the Staples Center, but as the visiting team when facing the crosstown rival Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, December 25, sporting an average ticket price of $383.84 and a get-in price of $100. The Clippers’ third most expensive game is their priciest home game of the season, which comes on March 13 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Clippers are currently fifth for the best odds to win the NBA title behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.