A preview for (cheap) Knicks tickets in March

Carmelo Anthony was finally shut down over the past week, which puts the finishing touches on a New York Knicks season that was probably lost before it ever began. While it’s been tough to see the Knickerbockers struggle so badly this year, they’re resting their star player for next year and over the course of the season have ridded their roster of several cap-strapping or flat-out unnecessary talent.

What fans see at Madison Square Garden over the final months isn’t what the Knicks hope to be in 2015 and beyond, but there is still evaluation to be done. While a lot of the guys hitting the hardwood in March won’t remain in the blue and orange next year, fans can at least watch them develop, while getting a nice discount on Knicks tickets (barely over $151 on average). In addition, they can also get a deal to get in and catch some of the game’s top stars live and in person.

To gauge the value of Knicks tickets next month, let’s break down their most expensive and cheapest home games in March, according to newly launched direct broker-to-fan marketplace SeatSmart.com:

Most Expensive – (3/3/2015) VS. Sacramento Kings | Average Ticket Price: $281.19 | Get-In Ticket Price: $17

Sacramento is an odd opponent to spike the price of Knicks tickets, but perhaps the star power of big man DeMarcus Cousins has something to do with it. Boogie will be joined by fellow star Rudy Gay, as the Kings try to build momentum with new head coach George Karl.

While Knicks fans can enjoy the talent on the other side of the court, they could also be in for a fast-paced game. The Kings have a nice brand of offense and neither team is very effective on the defensive end, so there should be a lot of points and exciting plays. Considering Sacramento only has a handful more wins than New York, it might even be a game the Knicks can steal, too.

Cheapest – (3/19/2015) VS. Minnesota Timberwolves | Average Ticket Price: $117.44 | Get-In Ticket Price: $20

Knicks tickets drop down over $30 under their season average, but the hit is probably more about Minnesota’s equally bad season. The Minnesota Timberwolves actually are finally fully healthy, as Knicks fans will be graced by the presence of Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and even 38-year old veteran Kevin Garnett. That’s not even including rookie sensation Andrew Wiggins, either.

Just like the Kings game, this game should be all about offense and neither side will pose much of a threat defensively. New York can expect big games out of Langston Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr. and with the Timberwolves struggling to get wins this year, New York should make it a competitive contest, as well.