The Houston Rockets will begin their season Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. Houston is coming off a somewhat disappointing 2013-14 campaign that saw them post a regular season record of 54-28, but they failed to successfully navigate the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, dropping four of six games to the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a brutally painful end to the season as their four losses in the series were by a combined margin of defeat of a mere thirteen points. Two of the losses came in overtime and Game 6 was decided by a three point winner at the buzzer by Damian Lillard.
Now, Houston looks to build off their phenomenal regular season of last year and continue their winning ways here in 2014-15. Fans are eager to see the team in action, especially when they are visited by other title contenders. Below is a breakdown of the five most in-demand games for Rockets tickets this season, based on average ticket price of the secondary market.
March 1, 2015 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Average Ticket Price = $468 | Get-In Ticket Price = $61
The most in-demand game is against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 1st of the New Year. LeBron James and company will be making their only pit stop to Houston then and Cavs vs. Rockets tickets are a remarkable $468 on average on the secondary market.
January 15, 2015 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price = $290 | Get-In Ticket Price = $42
The Thunder are always a big road draw, thanks to superstar Kevin Durant, and 2014-15 is no exception as Rockets vs. OKC Thunder tickets have an average price of $290, second highest on the Rockets schedule. This year may prove to be a little different, however, as Durant is currently sidelined with a foot injury. Early estimates have the star forward returning sometime around late December, so he should be back for this mid-January tilt. If Durant is still injured and won’t suit up, expect ticket prices to drop significantly.
February 25, 2015 vs. Los Angeles Clippers | Average Ticket Price = $259 | Get-In Ticket Price = $29
The Los Angeles Clippers are very similar to Houston in that they have enough talent to reach the NBA Finals, but have fallen well short of that in previous seasons. Both Houston and LA appeared to be significant players last season, but neither team made it to the Western Conference Finals and now both squads are looking to prove to the world that they have the talent to advance deeper in the postseason. This game will be a proving ground for both these teams and one will have the upper hand and an impressive victory on the resume.
February 27, 2015 vs. Brooklyn Nets | Average Ticket Price = $255| Get-In Ticket Price = $18
Just two days following the Clippers game, the Brooklyn Nets make their only visit to Houston on February 27th. The Nets are coming off of a second round playoff exit last season and lost their biggest free agent acquisition from two offseasons ago – Paul Pierce – as well as head coach Jason Kidd. Expectations are relatively low for Brooklyn, though they certainly have enough talent to compete in the Eastern Conference this season.
April 10, 2015 vs. San Antonio Spurs | Average Ticket Price = $252 | Get-In Ticket Price = $33
The Spurs round out the top five most in-demand games for Houston this season as they make their final visit to the Toyota Center on April 10th. The defending champs remain the team to beat in the Western Conference and Houston can make some noise as a potential title contender with a win just a few weeks before postseason play begins.