The New Orleans Pelicans eight “seeding” games in Orlando are no longer a mystery.
Announced on ESPN by the NBA Countdown crew, the Pelicans will kick things off on July 30th against the Utah Jazz at 5:30 p.m. Central, and that’ll be followed by a list of opponents which were all also on the Pelicans 18-game remaining schedule before the league suspended the season due to the coronavirus.
Pelicans 8-game Orlando Schedule:— Oleh Kosel (@OlehKosel) June 26, 2020
July 30 (5:30 CT): Jazz
Aug 1 (5:00 CT): Clippers
Aug 3 (5:30 CT): Grizzlies
Aug. 6 (12:30 CT): Kings
Aug 7 (7:00 CT): Wizards
Aug 9 (2:00 CT): Spurs
Aug 11 (8:00 CT): Kings
Aug 13 (TBD): Magic
This is really good news. The Pelicans will be able to partially control their destiny, with two matchups against the Kings and one versus the Spurs and Grizzlies each, and the schedule features only two teams with records above .500.
Considering that eight teams with the poorest records in the league are staying home, it’s impressive that New Orleans list of opponents have a combined winning percentage under .500. If I’m not mistaken, the Pelicans are the only team with such a privilege.
#Pelicans original remaining schedule of 18 games was against teams with a combined .441 winning percentage.— Rod Walker (@RodWalkerNola) June 26, 2020
Pelicans new 8 game schedule is against teams with a combined winning percentage of .495.
Pels have easiest schedule of teams left in Orlando.
Before too many cry wolf, realize that New Orleans original remaining schedule before the COVID-19 shutdown was incredibly easy, featuring only three of 18 opponents with winning records.
As for the Memphis Grizzlies, their remaining schedule is stacked with three opponents in hot pursuit of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and five playoff-caliber teams.
Full Grizzlies’ schedule:— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 26, 2020
These were 8 of Memphis’ next 9 scheduled games. Only one missing is 3/24 game against New Orleans. pic.twitter.com/pb0eJHEn5v
Fingers crossed every key contributor makes the trip to Orlando, but Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and the rest of the crew have a pretty good opportunity of at least triggering the play-in tournament, possibly even earning themselves a trip to the 2020 playoffs.
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