It was a truly dismal season for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014-15 campaign but fortunately for fans of the storied franchise, it appears better days will be coming sooner rather than later. With a solid NBA Draft and offseason, not to mention receiving some major pieces back from injury, the Lakers will have a much different look from last year, providing hope they can contend again as early as the upcoming season.
As Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle return from injury and the team gets set to deploy their top NBA Draft selection D’Angelo Russell, the Lakers feel like they’ve added three pieces to the puzzle. Also considering the emergence of Jordan Clarkson and free agent additions Brandon Bass, Lou Williams and trade acquisition Roy Hibbert, the Lakers appear poised to move way past their woeful 21-61 record of a year ago, looking to return to the top of the mountain in the Western Conference.
With Lakers tickets being some of the most popular on the secondary market, below are some of the most expensive games for next season, with information provided by SeatSmart.com.
1/14/2016 | Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $620.53 | Get-in Price: $130
4/13/2016 | Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz | Staples Center | Average Price: $394.16 | Get-in Price: $82
3/10/2016 | Los Angeles Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Staples Center | Average Price: $387.37 | Get-in Price: $81
12/25/2015 | Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers | Staples Center | Average Price: $386.61 | Get-in Price: $100
The Lakers’ most expensive game is against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who won the battle of being the most popular team in California last season. With an average ticket price of $620.53 and a get-in price of $130, it’s easy to say fans are clamoring to see league MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Bryant, Russell and Randle all take the floor in this star-studded matchup. Their meetings could potentially also be important in the standings, as both teams reside in the same division.
Following their road date at Oracle Arena, the Lakers’ next three most expensive games are all at home at the Staples Center. Surprisingly, the most expensive home game is against the Utah Jazz of all teams, having an average ticket price of $394.16 and a get-in price of $82. After the Jazz game is the usual suspects, including LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the battle for L.A. with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Cavaliers game is slightly more expensive than the games against the Clippers, carrying an average ticket price of $387.37 and a get-in price of $81. Meanwhile, their priciest game with the crosstown rival Clippers features a very similar average ticket price of $386.61, to go along with a get-in price of $100.