This part of the schedule will be a breeze for the Pelicans

CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans. (Photo by Amanda Loman/Getty Images)
CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans. (Photo by Amanda Loman/Getty Images) /

Every NBA team’s full schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 season is public knowledge now, and people can’t stop talking about how their team drew the short straw (as fans, it’s in our nature to be miserable).

And if we’re being honest here, I’m sure the league does its best to make every team’s schedule as fair as possible. However, with so many different teams, in so many different cities, making sure that every team’s schedule is completely fair all season is a nearly impossible task.

And as a result, there are pockets of the season where your team may have it incredibly easy, and there are moments where it might feel like hell.

To read about the part that is going to suck, be sure to check out our last post on the website. But for this installment, we’re going to look on the positive side. We’re going to look at the easiest part of the New Orleans Pelicans schedule.

Now, to be honest, it is much harder to pinpoint an easy part of the schedule than a hard one because, at the end of the day, these are still NBA teams, and all of them are still incredibly talented. On top of that, the league is as parity-rich as ever, so finding a stretch of games where you play a bunch of bad teams is a tall task.

With that said, the Pelicans’ schedule does lighten up a bit from November 25th to December 17th. Here are their opponents during that time period:

Easy Part of New Orleans Pelicans 2023-24 Schedule

November 25th @ Utah Jazz

November 27th @ Utah Jazz

November 29th versus Philadelphia 76ers

December 1st versus San Antonio Spurs

December 2nd @ Chicago Bulls

December 11th versus Minnesota Timberwolves

December 13th @ Washington Wizards

December 15th @ Charlotte Hornets

December 17th @ San Antonio Spurs

Now, I know what you are thinking. How is the ‘easy’ part of our schedule one where we play six of our nine games on the road? That is true. But think about it this way: all six of those teams are teams that did not make the playoffs last season.

On top of that, we get to host the San Antonio Spurs, who might now have Victor Wembanyama, but they still have a ways to go before we should be fearful of them. We also get to host the Philadelphia 76ers, and only Lord knows what their team will look like at that point.

Oh, and depending on how the In-Season Tournament goes for us, we might get a nice little break to recharge baked in there for us during this stretch.

The only real major challenge is the Minnesota Timberwolves. But even then, I wouldn’t say they are that much better/worse than us on paper. Hopefully, the Pelicans can capitalize on this lighter part of the schedule.

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