The Six Most Exciting NBA Teams to See for Under $50
Good seats for under $50 are usually synonymous with bad or boring play, but for these six NBA teams a great night of basketball comes on the cheap.
#1. Denver Nuggets
Two words: Nikola Jokic. From Sombor, Serbia, Jokic has quietly transformed into the best big man passer in the NBA. His no-look dumps, crosscourt lobs, and behind-the-back bullets make the crowd Ooo and Ahh like they’re watching the Showtime Lakers. Couple that with a newly extended Gary Harris and the off-season addition of All-Star Paul Millsap for a fast-paced offense that’s sure to catch opponents out of breath – especially when playing at altitude in Mile High Stadium. Get Denver Nuggets tickets.
#2. Minnesota Timberwolves
If this core group of Karl Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Jimmy Butler can stick together, we may have another Western Conference powerhouse in the not too distant future. Adding Butler (Chicago’s only All-Star last year) and NBA-vet Jeff Teague makes for a highly underrated backcourt at both ends of the floor. As Towns continues to mature into the top-five NBA player he will inevitably become and Wiggins inches closer toward the fierce offensive threat that had him land at the number one pick only three years ago, look to the Timberwolves for the thrilling beginnings of a championship contender. Get Minnesota Timberwolves tickets.
#3. Milwaukee Bucks
When the Greek Freak materialized from the Athens neighborhood of Sepolia in 2013, Milwaukee’s basketball future changed overnight. As the tallest point guard in the NBA (at 7’0″) and under the tutelage of the all-time great Jason Kidd, Giannis Antetokuonmpo is revolutionizing what was previously thought possible for a player his size. Surrounded by last year’s Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and the finally healthy Jabari Parker, this squad is ready to challenge anyone. Remember: these guys ended the Golden State Warrior’s 24-game win-streak a couple years ago. Get Milwaukee Bucks tickets.
#4. New Orleans Pelicans
After adding Demarcus Cousins midway through last season, the Pelicans began a very entertaining search for identity. Led by All-Star Anthony Davis (at only 24 years old), the twin tower bigs are beating opponents in the incredibly tough Western Conference by playing high above the rim. Check out the Pelicans for a clinic on big man play and some soaring alley-oops to boot. Get New Orleans Pelicans tickets.
#5. Washington Wizards
By extending John Wall and re-signing Otto Porter Jr., the Wizards have cemented their place as a perpetual Eastern Conference playoff contender. Finishing at the 4th-seed in their conference last year, they don’t show any signs of slowing down behind the dynamic scoring ability of Bradley Beal, their sniper, Porter Jr., on the perimeter, and the blazing speed of Wall at the point. This team banks on lots of transition buckets and fast paced fourth quarters that make for a tight game even against the most talented teams in their conference. Get Washington Wizards tickets.
#6. Portland Trail Blazers
The backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have carried Portland to new heights since losing LaMarcus Aldridge two years ago – even defeating the Clippers in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. Unfairly written off as a middling Western Conference team, the Trail Blazers play some of the most exciting games every year behind Mr. Clutch (Lillard), who promises at least one buzzer-beater per season. On top of that, the Moda Center is known for housing the loudest and wildest fan base in the whole of the NBA. If you can make it out to Portland, stop by, and make sure to warm up with one or two tracks off Lillard’s rap album. Get Portland Trail Blazers tickets.