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Aug 13, 2014 10:21 PM by Pelicans News Release

Pelicans Open 2014-15 Season With Magic, UL's Elfrid Payton

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans announced today their schedule for the 2014-15 regular season. The Pelicans will open the season with two consecutive homes games at the Smoothie King Center, with contests on Tuesday, Oct. 28 against the Orlando Magic and Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Dallas Mavericks. New Orleans travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies in its first road contest on Monday, Nov. 3.

"This is an exciting announcement for our organization and our fans," said Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. "We can't wait to get the season started and show everyone how hard our team has been working this offseason."

The Pelicans will host the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on Friday, Dec. 26, and will close out the season against the Spurs on Wednesday, Apr. 15. A highly anticipated matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers takes place on Friday, Dec. 12.

New Orleans is scheduled to appear on national television 10 times this season. ESPN will broadcast the Pelicans' home matchup against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Friday, Feb. 27. TNT will feature New Orleans' road contest against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Dec. 4. Additionally, eight Pelicans games will be televised on NBA TV this season: at San Antonio (Nov.8), at Utah (Nov. 22), vs. Washington (Jan. 5), at Boston (Jan. 12), vs. Atlanta (Feb. 2), vs. Chicago (Feb. 2), vs. Toronto (Feb. 23) and at Houston (Apr. 12).

The Pelicans will play 18 of their 41 home games on Friday (10), Saturday (4), or Sunday (4).

All home games will tip off at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of the four Saturday home games beginning at 6:00 p.m. (Nov. 1 vs. Dallas, Dec. 20 vs. Portland, Feb. 6 vs. Chicago, Mar. 7 vs. Houston), three Sunday home games beginning at 5:00 p.m. (Dec. 14 vs. Golden State, Jan. 25 vs. Dallas, Mar. 15 vs. Denver), and one Sunday home game tipping off at 3:00 p.m. (Mar. 29 vs. Minnesota).

New Orleans' longest homestand takes place Jan. 25 - Feb. 4, featuring six contests (with games against Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Atlanta and Oklahoma City). The Pelicans travel for their longest road trip of the season from Jan. 12 - 19, featuring five away games against Eastern Conference opponents (with contests against Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto and New York).

The Pelicans will play Southwest Division rivals (Dallas, Houston, Memphis and San Antonio) four times each (twice at home/twice on the road). The same holds true for Pacific and Northwest Division foes, with the exception of the Utah Jazz (one away game on Nov. 22), the Portland Trail Blazers (one home game on Dec. 20), the Los Angeles Clippers (one home game on Jan. 30) and the Phoenix Suns (one away game on Mar. 19). New Orleans will also play each team in the Eastern Conference once at home and once on the road.

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