The Cleveland Cavaliers took a disappointing season in 2012-13 and turned it into a positive when they received the No. 1 overall pick in the draft through the lottery. With that pick they selected forward Anthony Bennett from UNLV. The Cavaliers will be hoping to make a playoff push this season with a young roster that includes Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waters. Cleveland Cavaliers tickets are averaging $88.70 for the 2013-14 season a 32.74%decrease from last season’s average of $131.89. The top five games on Cleveland’s schedule features two games against a former Cavalier.
1) 3/18/14 vs Miami Heat | Avg. Price: $330.98 | Get-in Price: $128
Would there ever be a doubt the most in demand game for Cleveland’s 2013-14 season would be a visit from LeBron James and the Miami Heat? The Heat swept the season series from Cavaliers last season, but the average score of 103.3-100.8 gives a better picture of how those games actually played out. This Tuesday night game is currently 273% over the average home game for the season.
2) 11/27/13 vs Miami Heat | Avg. Price: $301.56 | Get-in Price: $58
Miami’s first visit of the season to Cleveland is averaging a lower price and has a significantly lower starting price than the game in March. This game is also just the fifth home game of the season for the Cavaliers. The average ticket is 240% above the home game average for the season.
3) 4/12/14 vs Boston Celtics | Avg. Price: $237.18 | Get-in Price: $64
Cavaliers fans will be carrying on the Celtics-Cavs rivalry regardless of who the players are on each team. This Saturday night game is the second to last home game of the season and is 167% above season average for tickets. These two teams split four games last season, but the Boston Celtics no longer have Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett.
4) 3/20/14 vs Oklahoma City Thunder | Avg. Price: $173.43 | Get-in Price: $38
Kyrie Irving vs Russell Westbrook could be one of the best point guard matchups in the league this season, provided Westbrook has returned from injury by this point in the season as expected. Both players averaged just over 23 points per game last season, though Westbrook played 23 more games than Irving. The average ticket for their game against the Thunder is 95% above the average ticket for 2013-14 home games.
5) 2/5/14 vs Los Angeles Lakers | Avg. Price: $163.04 | Get-in Price: $49
Rounding out the top five games is a Wednesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. This could Andrew Bynum’s first game against his former team of seven years, after missing all of last season with a knee injury. The average price for this game is 84% above this season’s home average.
The Cavaliers will hope to hold some meaningful games at Quicken Loans Arena this season. With young pieces in place, Cleveland could be a sleeper threat for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.