Are the Rockets Title Contenders in 2014-15?

The Houston Rockets believe that they are title contenders. With James Harden and Dwight Howard leading the team, the Rockets boast two of the best players in all the game. But without any major roster up grade from last year’s first round playoff exit, will a years worth of chemistry help push the Rockets into the NBA Finals? After the first 12 games of the season, the Rockets have a record of 9-3, with wins over the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and Oklahoma City Thunder. The best prediction of how the Rockets will fare in the playoffs will be how the play against top competition during the regular season. Here are the 5 can’t miss games on the Rockets schedule

March 1, 2015 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Average Ticket Price = $457

The most expensive game of the season for Rockets tickets will be on March 1st when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town. Cleveland has looked very beatable at the beginning of the season, but expect this team to work out the kinks by March and be one of the favorites for the championship. A win against the Cavs would go a long way in proving they are legitimate title contenders.
Fans looking to attend will find the get-in price for Rockets vs. Cavs tickets at $97 and an average price of $457.

January 15, 2015 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Average Ticket Price = $269

The Rockets and Thunder met this past Saturday night in one of the uglier affair in recent memory, a game that saw a total of just 134 points scored between the two teams. The Rockets won 69-65, the first time a team has won by scoring less than 70 points since 2005.
By the time this game rolls along, the Thunder should have their reinforcements back with injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook expected to return before the New Year. If that’s not the case, expect prices for Rockets vs. OKC Thunder tickets to fall dramatically as the day of the game approaches.

April 10, 2015 vs. San Antonio Spurs
Average Ticket Price = $267

The battle of Texas will take place in San Antonio two times this season, but just one more time in Houston and it won’t be until April. The Spurs are the defending NBA champions and have long been the class of Texas (with the Dallas Mavericks chiming in with a title four years ago) so a victory against San Antonio on the precipice of the postseason will surely be a sign that Houston is for real.

February 25, 2015 vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Average Ticket Price = $249

The Clippers are another Western Conference team that has the talent to make waves in the playoffs, but has failed to make a far push in the postseason the past few years. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in tow, the Clippers are always a big road draw and that is why this is the fourth most expensive game of the year for the Rockets, though tickets do start at just $22.

February 27, 2015 vs. Brooklyn Nets
Average Ticket Price = $246

The top five most expensive games of the year for Houston ends with a visit from the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn boasts some of the game’s most recognizable players in Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett, certainly aiding the $246 average ticket price. Nonetheless, it will take less than twenty bucks to get in the door with the starting price at just $17.



Are the Browns Contenders or Pretenders?


The Cleveland Browns were in first place for a week. While it’s difficult to say that the excitement and hype of being atop the division this late in the year got to the Browns, they certainly did not bring their best game this weekend against the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt and company dismantled the Browns offense, holding them to just a second quarter touchdown and ultimately winning 23-7. Unfortunately, the Browns loss coupled with a Cincinnati Bengals win pushed Cleveland out of first place by a half game. Not only that, but the Texans now sit at 5-5 and remain relevant in the postseason picture.

Are the Browns a legitimate contender this year? They have the talent on both sides of the ball, but they do not have an easy schedule remaining in the year. Let’s take a look at the final six games of the season:

November 23, 2014 @ Atlanta Falcons
Average Ticket Price = $123 | Get-in Ticket Price = $35

Though the Falcons are just 4-6, they currently sit atop the AFCSouth and are in prime position to make the playoffs. Amazingly, they are 4-0 within the division and 0-6 when facing all other teams. A win here is very possible, though the Falcons are currently favored by 3.5 points.

November 30, 2014 @ Buffalo Bills
Average Ticket Price = $112 | Get-in Ticket Price = $36

Buffalo is coming off a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins and is currently 5-5 on the season. They have several winnable games to close out the year, however, so they are still relevant for the postseason. If the Browns can get the road victory, it will most likely eliminate the Bills and take one more team out of the equation.

December 7, 2014 vs. Indianapolis Colts
Average Ticket Price = $126 | Get-in Ticket Price = $34

Indianapolis sits at 6-4 and lead the AFC South by a game over the aforementioned Texans. Though the team has looked like a Super Bowl contender at times, they’ve also looked very beatable, particularly through the air. This is the cheapest home game remaining for the team with Browns tickets starting at $34 and an average ticket price of just $126.

December 14, 2014 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Average Ticket Price = $144 | Get-in Ticket Price = $40

The final home matchup against a divisional foe will come on December 14th when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town. Riding high after a big road win against the New Orleans Saints, the Bengals are atop the division at 6-3-1 and are 2-1 in the division with their lone loss coming at the hands of Cleveland. Another win for the Browns and they will hold the tiebreaker over Cincy and put themselves in good position to take home the division.

December 21, 2014 @ Carolina Panthers
Average Ticket Price = $135 | Get-in Ticket Price = $23

The panthers are a bit of a mess right now having lost five straight since their tie with the Bengals. That being said, this looks to be a major trap game for Cleveland. If they can not contain Cam Newton, they could have a lot of trouble and potentially drop a huge game in Week 16.

December 28, 2014 @ Baltimore Ravens
Average Ticket Price = $183 | Get-in Ticket Price = $67

The most expensive game and potentially the most important, Cleveland’s Week 17 date at Baltimore could very well decide the AFC North. The Bengals and Steelers will most likely be relevant as well, but a win in the final game of the year could ultimately vault the Browns into the playoffs.
This is the most expensive game remaining on the schedule, though not by a significant amount as Browns vs. Ravens tickets start at $67 and have an average price of $183.