After a four-year stretch in Cleveland where he led the Cavaliers to their first ever championship, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to take his talents to Los Angeles. The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers this past offseason, ushering in a new era for a Los Angeles team that’s sputtered since Kobe Bryant’s retirement.

Whether you love him or hate him, LeBron is a once-in-a-generation talent and one of the best players to ever pick up a basketball. If you’re interested in seeing him play live in the upcoming 2018-19 season, we’ve got you covered with a list of the five most affordable Lakers games this season.

Away Games

Los Angeles Lakers at Charlotte Hornets – December 15, 2018 – Charlotte, NC

If you’re located in the southeastern part of the United States, there’s a great opportunity to catch LeBron and company in mid-December when the Lakers take on the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets have missed the playoffs in back-to-back years, but this game should feature plenty of star power with the likes of Kemba Walker and Tony Parker ready to suit up.

Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans – March 31, 2019 – New Orleans, LA

Long considered to be one of the best places to visit in the United States, New Orleans is also a fantastic road trip for basketball fans this season. The Lakers are set to play in the Big Easy at the end of March. There are plenty of fantastic ticket options still available, so if you’re looking to visit a unique city and take in some basketball, New Orleans is a fantastic choice.

Home Games

Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers – November 11, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA

Coming off a season where they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the Atlanta Hawks strengthened their team this offseason by acquiring college superstar Trae Young during this year’s draft. Head coach Lloyd Pierce’s bunch will make a trip westward to face the Lakers on November 11, which is a great opportunity to see Los Angeles play early in the season without breaking the bank.

Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers – November 30, 2018 – Staples Center

All the way back in 2011, Miami’s “Big Three” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade played in their first ever playoffs as a trio. They cruised through the three opening playoff rounds, losing just three times but they were eventually stonewalled by the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals. Given the interesting history between King James and the Mavericks, a late-November matchup between the two teams should be fun to watch.

Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers – January 9, 2019 – Staples Center

Given the fact that the Pistons have made the playoffs just once since 2009, it’s not much of a surprise that they’re one of the cheapest games to see at the Staples Center this upcoming season. With that being said, former Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin is now on the Pistons, and with last year’s Coach of the Year Dwayne Casey now leading the team it wouldn’t be surprising if they have a bounce back year.

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