A year ago the Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay away and were contemplating blowing their roster up. The Raptors came together and made a solid playoff run, though, which convinced management to retain star point guard Kyle Lowry and make another run with the team as it is presently constructed.
Now Toronto is atop the Atlantic division (by a wide margin) and has a shot at the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The best part? During Toronto’s rise, Raptors tickets have remained a stellar value for fans. In fact, Raptors tickets are still just $132.58 on average and project to continue to be a bargain in March.
To see how good of a deal Toronto fans are getting, let’s take a look at the cheapest and most expensive home games for the Raps next month:
Most Expensive – (3/4/2015) VS. Cleveland Cavaliers | Average Ticket Price: $220.99 | Get-In Ticket Price: $56
Toronto is first in their own division but if they want the #2 overall seed in the East they’ll have to fend off LeBron James and the Cavs. Beating them on March 4th is a great way to make sure that happens, although that will prove to be difficult thanks to the exceptional basketball the Cavs have been playing.
As good as the Cavs have been, the Raptors match up pretty well with them. DeMar DeRozan is a tough draw defensively for James, Kyle Lowry can hang with Kyrie Irving and Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas can be a problem for Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov down low. The key may come from the bench on one side or the other, but the point is in the value, with Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers tickets at SeatSmart just $112 more expensive than usual for such a high profile contest.
Cheapest – (3/18/2015) VS. Minnesota Timberwolves | Average Ticket Price: $156.31 | Get-In Ticket Price: $29
Toronto Raptors tickets cool off when the Timberwolves come to Air Canada Centre, which has a lot to do with Minnesota’s awful record. Injuries did bog the T’Wolves down earlier in the year, but they’re completely healthy now and even got a familiar face back via trade in big man Kevin Garnett.
Minny is suddenly roughly a .500 club since getting their main guys back, while Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic can compete with just about anyone when they’re in sync. That shouldn’t really be the case completely when they head further north to Toronto, given that their road record is atrocious on the year. Minnesota still brings an exciting brand of basketball and some star power to the table, though, which adds value to Raptors tickets in this matchup.