The Oklahoma City Thunder are so close, they can taste it. Despite starting off the 2014-15 NBA season run down by numerous injuries (specifically to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook), they’re now just three wins out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They’re not there yet, but the silver lining to this point is that according to Totally Tickets, Thunder tickets have returned solid value ($167.76 on average). Should Oklahoma City finish the job at make the playoffs, fans will have gotten a wild ride into the playoffs on the cheap.
It’s no guarantee that OKC will continue their surge and lock down that final spot, but once Durant gets back again (he’s missed three straight games with a toe injury), they’ll be at full strength and will give everyone their best game down the stretch. Let’s see what we can expect from them in February, as we take a look at their cheapest and most expensive home games remaining this month:
Most Expensive – 2/8/2015 vs. Los Angeles Clippers | Avg: $175.82 | Get-in: $40
Thunder tickets creep almost $10 up over their season average when the Clippers come to town for the second meeting between these two teams this year. L.A. took the first of four 2014-15 clashes back in October, but that was when Durant was on the shelf with a foot injury. The Thunder took the Clippers out in the playoffs last year and know that when they’re at full strength they can handle Lob City. That doesn’t mean this will be a gimme game at home, though, as the Clippers have a deadly inside/outside attack on offense and don’t like losing to the Thunder. Fans can expect this bitter rivalry to go down to the final seconds just like it did earlier in the year, with the Thunder hopefully tying the season series up at one game apiece.
Cheapest – 2/24/2015 vs. Indiana Pacers | Avg: $99.13 | Get-in: $13
Indiana doesn’t put the fear of God into anyone these days, but they still represent a solid challenge if their defenses shows up at Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 24th. Roy Hibbert and David West can still pack a solid punch in the post, but with OKC’s best players operating on the perimeter, a solid shooting night could easily help dispatch the struggling Pacers. The Thunder know full well that every game matters, so they won’t take Indy lightly in this value-rich home contest. Regardless, fans are getting into this one for under $100 and the cheap seats are just $13, so this one figures to return solid value, regardless of the outcome.