Chicago Bulls fans couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2014-15 NBA season. Derrick Rose has managed to stay healthy, Jimmy Butler has stepped up to superstar status and Pau Gasol has lifted an offense that struggled a year ago. Chicago’s once elite defense still has some work to do, but the Bulls are in contention for first place in the Eastern Conference’s Central division and if they play their cards right they could lock up the #2 overall seed.
The Bulls have a lot of work to do before they can finalize a playoff seeding, of course, but how they fare in February could play a huge hand in where they fit in the playoff picture. Let’s take a look at their cheapest and most expensive February games according to ScoreBig to see how things might start unfolding for Chicago:
Most Expensive – 2/12/2015 VS. Cleveland Cavaliers | Avg: $320.26 | Get-in: $75 | Chicago Parking at ParkWhiz.com $10
Chicago is neck and neck with the surging Cavaliers, who have used an impressive 12-game winning streak to jump ahead of the Bulls in the Central division. LeBron James’ crew is suddenly legit and is going to be a fixture at the top of the Eastern Conference playoff chase the rest of the way. All the Bulls can worry about now is fending the Cavs off, though, and the only way to do that is to win some head to head battles. With a 2-0 season series lead, Cleveland walks into the United Center with a clear advantage – one the Bulls will have to overcome to reclaim the division lead.
This is obviously a monster clash in the third of four meetings between these two teams. If the first two meetings showed us anything (one overtime game, both games with over 200 combined points), we’re in for a tooth and nail battle. That should mean a lot of points and a down to the wire finish. Chicago Bulls tickets vs. the Cavs average over $320, with a get-in price of $75.
Cheapest – 2/10/2015 VS. Sacramento Kings | Avg: $157.84 | Get-in: $30 | Chicago Parking at ParkWhiz.com $10
Prices for Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings tickets drop considerably when they host the Kings just two days earlier, as DeMarcus Cousins and co. try to steal a nice road win. That normally wouldn’t be likely, but this is a sneaky game right before that massive showdown with the Cavaliers, so the Bulls will have to be careful not to overlook a slightly underrated Kings squad.
Cousins is the real concern down low, but Darren Collison and Rudy Gay both also present problems on offense. After all, Sacramento was too much to handle in their only other meeting (103-88 Kings win), so Chicago may need their once trademark defense to show up in this one. Chicago’s main flaws to this point have been shaky defense and general inconsistency. If they want to take the appropriate steps toward turning into a true title contender, shutting down the Kings and winning a game at home they’re supposed to win is a solid start.