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With training camp and the pre-season just weeks away, and with the Raptors unveiling their tentatively tiered pricing for every home game on the schedule (prices will eventually fluctuate based on demand), I thought now would be a good time to help fellow Raptors fans looking for the best bang for their buck this season at the Air Canada Centre.

This season, there are five tiers of pricing for regular season games: Best Value, Value, Premium, Premium+ and Super Premium. To give you an idea of the variance in price across the different tiers, I’ll use the price point my season tickets fall under (Balcony Prime 1).

In Balcony Prime 1, the face value of each tier breaks down like this:

Best Value: $36

Value: $47

Premium: $62

Premium+: $80

Super Premium: $127

That’s quite the range, with Super Premium games deemed to be more than three-and-a-half times as valuable as Best Value games.

Without further ado, here are the games I feel offer the best value for fans:

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The Raptors gave the Thunder a good contest for about 30 minutes, but when OKC flipped the switch in the second half, Toronto’s effort was nowhere near up to the task.

Here are some thoughts on the game…

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The Raptors haven’t lost back-to-back games in over three weeks, but after losing a disappointing game against the Kings on Friday night, they’ll now welcome the NBA-best Thunder to town.
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The Thunder were running away with the ball game by the middle of the second quarter, and Kyle Lowry left the game with what looked like a pretty serious ankle injury. Not exactly a good night at the office for the Raptors.

Here are some thoughts on the game:

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Start time: 8:00 PM ET
Channel: TSN
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas
Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins

Injury report

Toronto: No injuries reported.

Oklahoma City: No injuries reported.

Random thoughts

  • Surely I’m not alone in being relieved because I have a legitimate excuse to not watch American political pundits punditing about tonight’s presidential election when the outcome is pretty much locked in. Regardless of how the election turns out… Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.
  • For what it’s worth, if there was an election night show like this, I’d definitely PVR this game to watch it.
  • I can’t remember the last time I was more pumped about a positional matchup in a Raptors game than this Lowry-Westbrook matchup.
  • The Raptors and Thunder only faced each other once last season and the Thunder won 91-75.
  • I’d completely forgotten about this, but the Raptors weirdly won both games against the Thunder in the 2010-11 season, even though the Raptors finished with a 22-60 record and the Thunder finished 55-27.
  • I’m trying very hard not to get too excited about Kyle Lowry, but it’s already evident that he’s probably, at worst, the third-best player in this franchise’s history. Bold statement after three games, I know, but… do any of you want to disagree with me on this?