After a slow start to the 2014-15 NBA season the Cleveland Cavaliers are about right where they want to be. They can’t get the top seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to an insane season by the Atlanta Hawks, but they can still use the month of April to steal the Central division from the Chicago Bulls and lock up the conference’s No. 2 overall seed.
Winning the division and nabbing the two seed would obviously be fantastic and put LeBron James and co. in the driver’s seat to make a deep playoff run. Wanting and doing are two very different things, however, as the Cavs are going to face a tough path toward accomplishing their goals over the final month.
Let’s break down how their run may wind down by taking a look at their cheapest and most expensive home games left in April.
Cheapest – 4/13/2015 vs. Detroit Pistons | Avg: $178.06 | Get-in: $30
Detroit comes in as the cheapest Cleveland Cavaliers tickets (home game) to end the year, and no one will be too shocked. That being said, the Pistons are a feisty opponent with surging point guard Reggie Jackson entering April on a scorching run. If big man Greg Monroe (knee) is back in the mix for this battle, the Cavs could certainly have their hands full. It’s a great value for Detroit fans who are looking for Detroit Pistons tickets for $30 to see one of the NBA’s most talented teams in the Cavaliers.
Cleveland will be locked into playoff mode by this point and might even be resting some guys or limiting their minutes. Still, they won’t want to drop this one to a divisional foe that could potentially be fighting for the eighth and final playoff seed.
Most Expensive – 4/5/2015 vs. Chicago Bulls | Avg: $266.13 | Get-in: $33
This is what it’s all about, as the Cavs host their bitter divisional rivals in a game that could decide who wins the division title. Derrick Rose could be back in time to make this one extra interesting, but fans are getting a bargain anyways given how much rides on this one. That’s especially true when you consider this game comes in about $80 less than Cleveland’s season average. Given the magnitude of this game and the star power involved, it’s beyond a steal.
The Cavs could enter with the three-game lead they currently have (at the time of this article), but this matchup is especially key if Chicago gains the upper hand. It’s all over for the Bulls is the Cavs can take them down at Quicken Loans Arena, though, considering Cleveland will enter this showdown with a 2-1 series lead on the year. Cleveland took the first meeting in an intense overtime battle and each team took easy wins in the last two contests. There doesn’t figure to be anything easy about this final clash, however, as fans could be in for an instant classic.