The New Orleans Pelicans announced their preseason schedule this week. The Battlin' Birds (have a better nickname for our Aspirational Aves? Share it in the comments below) will play seven preseason games, including two in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center.
The back-to-back home games — against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 14 and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 16 — will take place during the Saints' bye week.
Marquee games will also take place in non-NBA cities, following the NBA's longstanding practice designed to support and expand team fanbases outside franchise cities. The Pelicans will tip-off the preseason with a game against the Miami Heat in Louisville, KY, and will also play in Jacksonville, FL and Bossier City, LA.
Full Preseason Schedule
- Oct. 4 - 6:30 p.m.: at Miami — Louisville, KY
- Oct. 6 - 6:30 p.m: at Atlanta — Atlanta, GA
- Oct. 8 - 6:00 p.m.: vs. Washington — Jacksonville, FL
- Oct. 14 - 7 p.m.: vs. Houston — New Orleans, LA
- Oct. 16 - 7 p.m.: vs. Oklahoma City — New Orleans, LA
- Oct. 20 - 6 p.m.: at Washington — Baltimore, MD
- Oct. 23 - 7 p.m.: vs. Dallas — Bossier City, LA