Kings trying to maintain playoff position through February

The 2015-16 NBA season has been a mixed bag for the Sacramento Kings, who got off to a sluggish start and had to work their way around DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors in the early going. Head coach George Karl was even said to be on the outs and every player was potentially on the chopping block.

A revitalized Cousins helped right the ship and to this point, there hasn’t been any new turnover in Sac-town. Instead, the Kings have won six of their last 10 games and have been one of the league’s more potent offenses, putting up over 106 points per game. Boogie has laughed off trade rumors and in the process, the Kings have quietly wiggled their way into the Western Conference playoff picture.

Suffice to say, February could get rather interesting. Sacramento Kings tickets are already a bargain at just around $122 on average, but with the playoffs on the horizon, fans could be getting more value out of the Kings than they’ve seen in quite some time. Let’s gauge that value by breaking down Sacramento’s top five games in February:

2/5/2016 – at Brooklyn Nets – Barclays Center

DeMarcus Cousins and co. head to New York to take on Brook Lopez and the Nets at Barclays Center in early February, another potential shootout that fans can get into on the cheap. Kings and Nets tickets represent a solid bargain, with lower level seating starting out as low as $64 on Ticketmaster, while anyone can get in the door for the price of parking. Sacramento looks like the far better team going into this matchup, but Boogie vs. Lopez is a fun duel that could keep things interesting. Neither defense offers much in the form of defense (both allow 103+ points per game) so this could easily end up being a very entertaining back and forth battle. Sacramento has the superior offense and the Nets don’t have a point guard they can count on these days, however, so this looks like a win for the Kings

2/7/2016 – at Boston Celtics – TD Garden

The Kings should rally behind Rajon Rondo when he faces his former team in early February in a game with the feisty Celtics at TD Garden. Rondo will be out for some revenge, but so will Boston star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who gets to face his former team as well. Boston has been a very balanced team, finding ways to put up points and also play solid defense behind stoppers Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder. The Celtics have been a solid 26-21 on the year but play their best at home (13-10), while the Kings have struggled on the road, going just 8-13 away from Sleep Train Arena. The good news is Boston doesn’t have anyone who can contain Boogie, so if he can have a big game the Kings could get a nice road win against a solid group. Fans are also getting awesome value overall for this game, with cheap seats starting as low as $37 and second level seating starting around $106 via

Either way this game shakes out, fans can expect a tight, high-scoring affair, with both teams putting up over 104 points per game on a regular basis. The get-in tag is also very reasonable, while parking at TD Garden on ParkWhiz starts as low as $9.

2/26/2016 – vs. Los Angeles Clippers – Sleep Train Arena

Fans of the Kings and Clippers will both get up for this late February battle, as Boogie goes to war with DeAndre Jordan and possibly even Blake Griffin (hand injury) down low. Kings and Clippers fans don’t even need to cough up much cash to see the action live, either, with Kings tickets starting as low as $23 for the cheap seats. Fans are getting a deal even for the lower levels, too, with Kings and Clippers tickets as low as $72. Sacramento and L.A. are bitter Pacific Division rivals, so there should be a good amount of intensity and hype surrounding this one. Los Angeles took the first two meetings this year, with the Kings stealing a win in mid-January. All three games had both teams putting up well over 100 points, though, so fans can prepare for an intense shootout as Sacramento shoots to tie up the season series.

2/24/2016 – vs. San Antonio Spurs – Sleep Train Arena

Look no further than a home date with the mighty Spurs to see some sweet value in Kings tickets this coming month. Spurs and Kings fans get one heck of a bargain, with the cheap seats costing just $16 in some spots. It’s even better in the lower levels, with some seats in the 100 level area coming in as low as $53.

San Antonio is definitely a little more vulnerable on the road this year (zero home losses), so this could be a trap game for the seasoned veterans. Sacramento tends to play up as the competition gets tougher, and they’ll want to get the Spurs back for a blowout loss earlier this year. San Antonio has also won four straight in the series and currently looks like the second best team in the entire league, so this one serves both as a revenge game and a bit of a measuring stick.

2/29/2016 – vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – Sleep Train Arena

Sacramento’s February 29 matchup with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook surprisingly offers considerable value, with fans being able to get in the door for just $21. Fans can take advantage of stellar lower level prices, too, with 100 level seats for this intense game starting at just $104.

KD and Russ bring some serious star power into Sleep Train Arena and will look to take a 2-1 season-series lead. Sacramento blew past the Thunder in OKC in early January, but due to their issues on defense they may not breeze by the Thunder so easily in this one. Being at home has its perks, though, so if Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousin all bring their A game, the Kings will have a chance to close out February on a high note.


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