Heading into the final month of the NBA regular season, the Phoenix Suns are hanging on by a thread. But hope still springs eternal for head coach Jeff Hornacek and company.
The Suns trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder by four games and the New Orleans Pelicans by two games for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth heading into their final 10 games of the year.
After a four game winning streak, the Suns entered April losers of three straight and barely holding on in a race they’ve fought to survive in all season. On April 8th, Phoenix travels to Dallas to face the Mavs in a game where Phoenix Suns tickets, at an average of $202.54 and a get-in of $12, will be as high as they will be for any of their games all month.
Two night later, the Suns travel to New Orleans, where at an average of $136.75 and a get-in of $13, tickets prices will be at a low for the month. But don’t be mistaken, both games rank about the same on the richter scale in terms of the team having any legitimate shot at walking away with the aforementioned, much coveted final playoff spot.
For the Suns’, all chances lie on the continued production of the quartet of Eric Bledsoe (17 points, six assists, five rebounds), Markieff Morris (16 points, six rebounds), Gerald Green (11 points, three rebounds) and Marcus Morris (11 points, five rebounds). Forward P.J. Tucker chips in with averages of nine points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Mavs entered April as the Western Conference’s No. 7 seed and just two games behind the San Antonio Spurs. Monta Ellis (19 points, four assists), Dirk Nowitzki 17 points, six rebounds, two assists), Chandler Parsons (16 points, five rebounds, two assists) and Tyson Chandler (10 points, 11 rebounds) led the way for Dallas. With as much on the line as there is for both teams, it is no wonder Suns-Mavericks tickets are so in demand.
In the case of the Pelicans, MVP candidate Anthony Davis has been a one-man wrecking crew, averaging 25 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Tyreke Evans chips in with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
The Pelicans and Suns have split two earlier games this season.