Like the Indiana Pacers, the Portland Trail Blazers are off to a hot start. They too are seeing a higher demand for tickets to home games as a result of their stellar performance on the court. Prices for the next six games at the Moda Center have climbed 11% since regular season play began. Tickets to watch the Blazers take on Derrick Rose and Chicago (6-3) have seen the biggest jump in price at 38%. A win against the Bulls, would help quiet the naysayers who think that Portland’s wins are due to an easy stretch in their schedule.
|Date||Opponent||Avg. Price (10/28)||Avg. Price (11/20)||∆|
|11/25/13||New York Knicks||$98.09||$102.91||4.91%|
|12/04/13||Oklahoma City Thunder||$116.74||$119.85||2.66%|
Portland finished last year’s campaign at 33-49, losing their last 13 and missing the postseason for the second year in a row; and while the Trail Blazers young core around two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard was projected to improve this season with the additions of former top-5 pick Thomas Robinson and 2013 first round draft pick CJ McCollum, many were wondering if they should believe the hype. While we are only 11 games in, the team is 6th in the league in points per game and that is without their rookie guard McCollum (broken foot). Portland’s offense is soaring; the Blazers are one of the elite three point shooting teams in the league, raking in the fourth most 3-pointers with 10, but also shooting with the fourth best percentage (.422). Aldridge is averaging 22.6 points a game and according to NBA.com is on pace to challenge the record for most midrange jumpers attempted in a season (currently held by Michael Jordan). At 9-2, the Blazers have logged their franchise’s best record to start the season since 1999.
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