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Pelicans' attendance numbers lagging behind team's recent on-court surge

Pelicans, whose play has been improving of late, are the second-most affordable ticket in the entire NBA, averaging just $50.39NBAE/Getty Images

Data provided by secondary market site TickPick reveals the Pelicans are the "second-most affordable ticket in the entire league," averaging just $50.39, according to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans ADVOCATE. While the Pelicans might lack star power without F Zion Williamson and are not "anywhere near the championship mix," they are, however, providing "consistent effort and an unselfishness this franchise has craved for the better part of a decade." Since a "dreadful" 3-16 start, the Pelicans have "regrouped" to win 13 of their past 23 games. They have won seven of their last nine home games and are "steadily climbing into the edges of the playoff race." There are "circumstances unique to New Orleans," affecting attendance, though, including "layered COVID protocols and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida." But with the Saints out of the playoffs, this is the time of the year when the Pelicans "finally have a chance to elbow their way into the local conversation." No one is "expecting a sellout every night," but it should "far exceed the current anemic levels of demand" (New Orleans ADVOCATE, 1/13).

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