With the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season looming just around the corner, the Pelicans begin to look towards their competition. This off-season the NBA saw a lot of changes to many different rosters. The Pelicans have an abundance of marquee match-ups, none more than the season opener when they host the Indiana Pacers. With the Pelicans new player acquisitions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, facing their old squads brings a slight rivalry to the court. The Pelicans face Holidays old team, the Philadelphia 76ers on November 26th and at Philadephia on November 29th. It will be interesting to see how the Nerlens Noel, Jrue Holiday trade worked out for both teams. Tyreke Evans had a few up and down years in Sacramento with a lot of instability within the organization itself and Evans will be looking for a fresh start in New Orleans. The Pelicans will face Sacramento 4 times throughout the year and the first one will be at Sacramento December 23rd. The Pelicans other marquee match-ups are topped by none other than facing the two-time defending world champion Miami Heat. The Pelicans can’t wait to test their new look roster against the champs and they will host the Heat on March 22th and play visitor to the Heat on January 7th. On Friday, November 8th and Monday, December 2nd the Pelicans will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls respectively, as they face the return of injured stars Kobe Bryant and Derek Rose to the court.
The Southwest division the last few years has been one of the most competitive divisions in the NBA. Comprised of teams that usually make deep runs into the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzles, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Mavericks have all improved this off-season. None more of course than the Houston Rockets when they landed premier all-star center Dwight Howard. The Pelicans will face each division foe 4 times throughout the year, they will first visit Memphis on November 6th to begin division play. The Pelicans will have their best test facing the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs when they visit San Antonio on November 25th. If Anthony Davis can stay healthy, the Tim Duncan versus Anthony Davis match-up could be a great one to watch. The Pelicans will get their first look at the new Dwight Howard led Houston Rockets when they visit Houston on December 28th, and rounding out the last division team, the Pelicans will host the Dallas Mavericks and newly acquired guard Monta Ellis. The upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season begins on Tuesday, October 29th.
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