The Utah Jazz haven’t played in the postseason since the 2011-12 season, but media projections have them as one of the teams in the mix to make the jump into the battle for the one of the Western Conference’s lower seeds.
With the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks presumably taking major steps back this season, in theory, an estimated two playoff spots are up for grabs. With the Oklahoma City Thunder looking to rejoin the party after an injury plagued 2014-15 season, the Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and even the Minnesota Timberwolves are the teams that are looking to enter the dance after previously being on the outside looking in.
Of those five teams, the Jazz enter with arguably the most optimism, as they ended last season with the most promise after a very encouraging finish to the campaign. After going 38-44 and performing as one of the strongest defensive teams in the second half of the season, the momentum appears to be carrying into this year. Head coach Quin Snyder has been singing his praises about this year’s group, seemingly riding on a much better chemistry level since the departure of Enes Kanter, who reportedly divided last year’s locker room.
With the improvement of Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, defensive stalwart Rudy Golbert and promising forward Derrick Favors, the Jazz have a young, talented core that is looking to come together this season and turn in something special.
The season opener is just three weeks away, when the Jazz hit the road to play the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on October 28. According to SeatSmart.com, Jazz tickets on the secondary market have an average price of $66.48 and a get-in price of $8. On the season as a whole, the most expensive Jazz game of the season is on March 9 against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, having an average ticket price of $780.83 and a get-in price of $63.
Other notable games include their third most expensive game of the season, which comes against the Los Angeles Lakers. Tickets to see the Lakers play the Jazz at the Staples Center have an average ticket price of $378.13 and a get-in price of $78, followed by the Jazz’ most expensive home game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 14, the Jazz host LeBron James at EnergySolutions Arena with an average price of $207.55 with a get-in price of $39. Interestingly, Utah defeated Cleveland on their home floor a year ago.