Why The Value Plan Makes 'Cents' For You
By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, Bobcats, Cavaliers, Grizzlies, Hawks, Jazz, LaMarcusAldridge, Magic, Mavericks, Nuggets, Raptors, Suns, Warriors, Wizards
The Value Pack
starts at just $5 a game (Ed. Note: The Tan section has since sold out. Tickets are now as low as $10. Get them while they last!). That’s 12 games for as low as $60 ! Talk about some serious bang for your buck. But that’s not even the best part about this ticket plan. Four of the 12 games take place in the month of January. And there is absolutely no better place to be during an Oregon winter’s night than inside the raucous Rose Garden. Not to mention this pack gets you into the arena to see some of the league’s biggest names and brightest young stars such as Dirk Nowitzki, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Steph Cury, and Rudy Gay.
Utah Jazz – October 22, 2012
The Trail Blazers will be tuning up for the regular season during their pre-season home finale against a familiar foe, the Utah Jazz. While veterans LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews may not log heavy minutes during this contest, this will be a great opportunity to see a lot of the new faces Rip City has acquired this summer as the coaching staff will surely want to get them acclimated with all of the new offensive sets, defensive strategies and up-to-speed on all of the in-betweens before the games count just a week later.
Atlanta Hawks – November 12, 2012
Like the Trail Blazers, the Hawks have made significant changes to their roster this offseason. Gone are mainstays Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, and Kirk Hinrich. Replacing those three on the wing are Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Kyle Korver and Lou Williams, each capable of getting on inhuman shooting streaks. When Atlanta makes their annual trek up to the Northwest, it’s usually a hotly contested matchup. Prior to last year’s 97-77 trouncing of the visitors from the south, the two squads had split their past four meetings in Portland (2007-2010) with the average margin of victory being less than seven points.
Toronto Raptors – December 10, 2012
Don’t look now, but Portland has quietly taken seven straight from Toronto – the longest such streak against any team in the NBA currently. Would you believe it’s been over two years since the fans have seen the Raptors in the Rose City? As time has changed, so have the Raptors who now present a brand new cast including point guard, Kyle Lowry, 2011 Top 5 Pick, Jonas Valanciunas, and Portland native, Terrence Ross. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be on a Monday night in December then watching the Trail Blazers extend their winning streak to eight against our friends from the Great White North.
Denver Nuggets – December 20, 2012
Perennial playoff participant Denver makes their first visit to the unfriendly confines of the Rose Garden. During 77 all-time contests between the two teams in the Rose City, the Trail Blazers have been dominant, taking 58 of the matchups – a .753 winning percentage! While the Nuggets don’t have a superstar to lean on, their all-around talent makes them a threat for home-court advantage in the West. And there may not be another team which features a fantastic individual matchup at every starting position: Lillard v Lawson, Matthews v Afflalo, Batum v Gallinari, Aldridge v Faried, Leonard v McGee. (Ed. Note: Make that Matthews v Iguodala!)
Orlando Magic - January 7, 2013
Will Dwight Howard be on the Orlando sidelines for this matchup? That’s the million-dollar question. But with a new Howard rumor popping up every other day, you’d have a better chance at winning the lottery than predicting where D12 will end up. Whether or not this is Superman’s last game in the Rose Garden as a member of the Magic, who can forget last year’s three-point barrage Orlando unleashed upon us? They connected on a staggering 16-of 27 attempts from beyond the arc to hand Portland their first home loss of the season. Regardless, revenge will be on the minds of Rip City this night. (Ed. Note: It looks like you won't be seeing Dwight Howard on this night...)
Cleveland Cavaliers – January 16, 2013
After each draft, the debate amongst fans normally isn’t how well it turned out for their respective squad, but rather who should have been taken over whom. Like clockwork, it happens every year and this past draft was no different. When David Stern walked to the podium to announce the Trail Blazers’ No. 11 pick, two names stood above the rest, Meyers Leonard and Tyler Zeller. The two will square off first in Cleveland on December 1st and nearly one month later the rematch will take place in the Pacific Northwest. Did I mention Cleveland also spotlights one of the game’s top talents, Kyrie Irving? Maybe we’ll even get a cameo from Uncle Drew!
Washington Wizards – January 21, 2013
Talk about trial by fire for Damian Lillard. After battling with Irving five days earlier, Lillard gets to try his hand against another former No. 1 overall pick in John Wall. Not only will Lillard be measuring himself against one of the NBA’s top point guards but also against fellow 2012 lottery pick, Bradley Beal, who teams up with Wall to form quite possibly the best young backcourt in the game today. Could this be a potential Rookie of the Year showdown in Rip City?
Dallas Mavericks – January 29, 2013
Dallas appeared to be headed towards Western Conference mediocrity after guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry departed for the East coast but after trading for a more youthful floor general in Darren Collison and signing O.J. Mayo, their backcourt has been revitalized. In the middle, the Mavericks bolstered their frontcourt with the acquisitions of Chris Kaman and Elton Brand to help shoulder some of the load Dirk Nowitzki had been carrying up front. Speaking of Dirk, it’s always worth the price of admission to see him battle LaMarcus Aldridge for 48 minutes; a matchup LA relishes. No team brings out the best from the L-Train like the hometown Mavs in which LA averages 21.3 points per game – the highest among active opponents.
Phoenix Suns – February 19, 2013
The second half of the season kicks off against the Suns and you’ll want to be there to cheer on LaMarcus after he’s (hopefully) just competed in his second straight All-Star Game. The new-look Suns will be without former two-time MVP, Steve Nash but showcase not one but two point guards that at one time or another were thought to be the Trail Blazers answer at that position in Gordan Dragic and Kendall Marshall. In this ticket plan
you’ve already witnessed Lillard’s initiation into the league as he’s battled the likes of Irving, Wall, Lowry and Lawson. What’s two more guards added to the gauntlet?
Charlotte Bobcats – March 4. 2013
For the fan who loves a good ole’ fashioned blowout, this game is right up your alley. Since the 2008-09 season, the Trail Blazers are 4-0 against the Bobcats at the Rose Garden, winning by an average of 25.25 points per game.
Memphis Grizzlies – April 3, 2013
The crown jewel of the Value Pack, in my opinion. Memphis went from recurrent Western Conference doormat to one of the favorites to dethrone the Thunder as the West’s best. Coached by former Trail Blazer great, Lionel Hollins, the Grizzlies present arguably the league’s most formidable frontline in Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol. While the game takes place during the final month of the season, it will be a great evaluation for young bloods Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, and Victor Claver to see how well they’ve progressed over the course of their rookie seasons.
Golden State Warriors – April 17, 2013
The Trail Blazers could be playing the Sisters of the Poor and this game would still be one of the Top 5 games to attend of the season. Why? Because it’s Fan Appreciation Night. Not only has Fan Night had serious playoff implications riding on the line in previous seasons but who doesn’t like free stuff? There was quite a debate in Rip City as to whether or not Portland should have went with Harrison Barnes at No. 6 instead of Lillard, so Dame will get one, final chance in the regular season to silence his critics, much as he did at the Las Vegas Summer League and put the finishing touches on his Rookie of the Year campaign.
Should we re-name this the Point Guard Pack instead of the Value Pack? Nearly every game features a great head-to-head point guard matchup. Be there live to witness Damian Lillard make his run for R.O.Y. and join the likes of Petrie, Wicks and Roy as the fourth Trail Blazer in history to be named the NBA’s best rookie.
But we dubbed it the Value Pack for a reason. While it’s true, the point guard matchups are pretty ridiculous. This pack offers up so much more. If you’re looking to experience the Rose Garden first-hand, the Value Pack gets you in the door twelve times for as low as $60. Or you could be looking for that perfect gift to give. You know, it never hurts to get Holiday shopping out of the way in July!
If the Value Pack
isn’t what you’re looking for, maybe the Big Games Pack
is the one for you!