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The Saints are assuredly the hottest sports ticket in New Orleans, but the likelihood of scoring excellent seats without breaking the bank is nil, even in the team’s worst years. Enter the Pelicans (née the Hornets), New Orleans’ criminally underrated NBA team. A Pels game at their home arena, Smoothie King Center, is the surest way to scratch your basketball-and-a-beer itch on a budget.

Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Smoothie King Center

Smoothie King Center

The Saints are assuredly the hottest sports ticket in New Orleans, but the likelihood of scoring excellent seats without breaking the bank is nil, even in the team’s worst years. Enter the Pelicans (née the Hornets), New Orleans’ criminally underrated NBA team. A Pels game at their home arena, Smoothie King Center, is the surest way to scratch your basketball-and-a-beer itch on a budget.