Just like any team’s schedule in the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans will have easy parts to their schedule and tougher parts. However, if this team plans on making the playoffs, it will have to earn it with a tough ending to their 2013-14 NBA schedule.
The Pelicans were not a good team last season. They kind of finished with a record of 27-55, which ranked them last in their division. Luckily, the team added two great players in Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday. Not to mention, they still have Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon (among others).
Believe it or not, this team will be good enough to contend for a playoff spot. Okay, now onto the last part of New Orleans’ schedule.
They will close out of the season in April by playing Denver, Utah, Portland, Phoenix, Oklahoma City (twice) and Houston (twice). Five of those games will be played on the road and no, not the Phoenix game.
That is a brutal schedule down the stretch for no matter what NBA team we are talking about. Playing Kevin Durant and co. is never an easy thing and the Rockets did land Dwight Howard this summer.
This will not be an easy year for New Orleans to say the least, but the team is actually expected to contend for a playoff spot–something we have not been able to say since the Chris Paul days.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, New Orleans will open up its season on Oct. 30 against the Indiana Pacers–a very tough game to tip off the season.
If you’re a tweeter, feel free to follow me @TheTrevorLowry.