The 2019-20 regular season schedules were released across the league yesterday, and the vast majority of immediate reactions by New Orleans fans were super positive — the Pelicans are going to appear on national television a grand total of 30 times.
30!! We lit!— Josh Hart (@joshhart) August 12, 2019
In case you’re wondering, that does indeed establish a new franchise record. Moreover, it tops last year’s count of national appearances by 10, a season that was fresh off a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.
New Orleans will be featured during the regular season on ABC for the first time since April 12, 2009.— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) August 12, 2019
Apparently, the NBA and their biggest sponsors are more than ready to take the Zion Williamson plunge despite the fact that the Pelicans are coming off a disappointing 33-49 finish last season!
However, before getting too excited, realize an enormous challenge lies ahead for the new group surrounding Jrue Holiday. According to the Vegas over/under lines, the Pelicans have the fourth most difficult schedule, and when delving deeper, no team has a tougher slate of games prior to the All-Star break than, of course, New Orleans.
Strength of Schedule for all 30 teams based on Vegas O/U lines, broken down by month and pre/post-ASG.— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) August 12, 2019
Pistons have the league's easiest pre-ASG schedule and hardest post-ASG schedule. Pelicans hardest pre-ASG, Heat easiest post-ASG. pic.twitter.com/UPKjuGPjAI
In addition, to facing The Pelicans will encounter 12 back-to-backs, with nine of them taking place on the road on the second night. For a point of reference, New Orleans dealt with 13 back-to-backs last season, posting a less than stellar 3-10 record on the second night. (Six of those contests came on the road.)
To hear more about the schedule, our favorite games, how David Griffin should approach the trade deadline and more, please listen to David Grubb, Mike Delayo, David Fisher and myself on the latest edition of our podcast.