According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Pelicans are tentatively scheduled to square-off against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Oct. 27th, the opening night of the 2015-16 NBA regular season.
A leaked preliminary copy of the upcoming 2015-16 NBA regular-season schedule has been circulating for the past few days, but league sources confirmed on Thursday that the New Orleans Pelicans are tentatively scheduled to open against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Oct. 27 at Oracle Arena.
But the source emphasized that the NBA could still make changes before the final schedule is released next week. Because of potential changes requested by the television networks, the NBA annually makes a tentative schedule in advance before the final schedule is issued.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Pelicans, led by superstar Anthony Davis, will be journeying to South Beach on Christmas Day to play Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.
The NBA is a star-driven league, and the Pelicans’ presence on two of the NBA’s most popular regular season days is a testament to Davis’ rapid climb up the league’s proverbial talent ladder. After a monstrous season last year, Davis is now held in high regard, often mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, two guys that fans usually recognize as the best basketball players in the world. New Orleans should expect more national television appearances this season, after such a strong outing last season, they deserve it. Especially when their best player is Anthony freaking Davis.
Davis and the Pelicans, led by former Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry, will watch Golden State receive their rings and raise their first banner since 1975 on opening night. The two teams went head-to-head in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, with the Warriors sweeping the Pelicans 4-0.