The Los Angeles Clippers entered the season with major change. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the team in the summer from banned owner Donald Sterling. However, despite the change in ownership, the Clippers have returned the same core that has won the Pacific division in each of the past two seasons. Blake Griffin is up to his old tricks, averaging 22.6 points per game. Chris Paul is averaging nearly a double-double with 18.3 points per game and 9.6 assists per game. This team is averaging 103.8 points per game, which is 8th in the NBA. They sit at second in the Pacific Division behind the Golden State Warriors. However, despite an 12-5 record, they are the seventh seed in the west. Because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers could find themselves on the outside looking in if they don’t have a strong December. Also, if they don’t improve their overall rebounding, they could slip out of the playoff picture very quickly. The Clippers are 29th in the NBA in rebounding per game, and although Griffin is contributing on the offensive side of the floor, his 7.5 rebounds per game are not on par with some of the other premiere power forwards in the Western Conference. He’ll need to improve those numbers, and has a great opportunity to do so in the month of December. Fans have been watching the Clippers play for an average price of $168.57 on the secondary market.
12/03/14| vs. Orlando Magic| Average price: $65.91| Get-in Price: $4.00
The Clippers welcome the very young Orlando Magic to the Staples Center for the first and only time this season. They will be tasked with defending Nikola Vucevic,who is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds this season. This team is very good on the glass, and could give the Clippers fits on the boards. However, the Clippers are the superior offensive team, and should have no problems scoring on a team that has been giving up 100.1 points per game. L.A. will also have to deal with small forward Tobias Harris, who is averaging a career-high 18.5 points per game, and is a very athletic swingman who can score from anywhere on the floor. Harris has drastically improved his points per game and his three-point shooting since he came into the league in 2011. L.A. will be tasked with shutting those two down on Wednesday night. Fans are paying an average price of $65.91 on the secondary market, but the get-in price is just $4.00 for this game. Prices have decreased 20% from what they were a week ago.
12/06/14|vs. New Orleans Pelicans| Average price: $102.77| Get-in price: $13.00
The New Orleans Pelicans and their sensational young power forward Anthony Davis make their way into the Staples Center for a match-up of two of the NBA’s best power forwards. Davis is averaging 24.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, and three blocks per game. Nobody has been able to stop him. He’s even averaging 22.4 points per game in their losses. This will also be a great matchup of two talented point guards. Chris Paul will have to deal with the talents of Jrue Holiday, who has come into his own while playing with Davis in New Orleans. Holiday is averaging 15 points per game and 6 assists. However, this team lacks depth on their bench, and has been inefficient on offense this season, only shooting 44.9% from the floor. The Clippers should have no trouble scoring on the NBA’s 13th ranked defense, but they will need to stretch Davis out with outside shooting, and not allow him to block as many shots as he does. This game is the most expensive of the three-game stretch, with an average asking price of $102.77. Fans can get into the game for as low as $13.00. Prices for this game are plummeting as well. RazorGator has seen a 13% decrease from seven days ago for Clippers tickets.
12/08/14 vs. Phoenix Suns| Average price: $71.57| Get-in price: $7.00
The Clippers will face a Phoenix Suns team who is right on their tails in the Western Conference playoff picture. This team has a very skilled backcourt, with the likes of Isaiah Thomas Jr., Goran Dragic, and Eric Bledsoe. All three players are averaging around 15 points per game, and the Suns as a whole are 5th in the NBA with 104.5 points per game. As strong as their backcourt is, their frontcourt is just as weak. They give up the 25th most points in the NBA. Markieff Morris, their leading rebounder, is only averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. The Clippers will look to work the ball inside to Blake Griffin, and exploit their weaknesses down low. The Suns look to out-score teams, but they will have to get some defensive production from their bigs if they want to stay in this game. Fans are paying $71.57 to see this game, but you can get in to the Staples Center for $7.00. Prices have decreased 19% from this time last week.