Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday and the rest of the New Orleans Pelicans tip-off a new era against the defending champion Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 7:00 pm.

In years past, a matchup like the season opener would be one of only a few marquee games to get a regular-season national spotlight for the franchise.

For the upcoming season, it's one of many.

The Pelicans will appear in a franchise-record 30 nationally televised games (if including NBA-TV), including 11 on ESPN, 10 on NBA-TV, 7 on TNT and 2 on ABC.

TV Networks are clearly buying into the Pelicans hype.

A Thanksgiving eve game at the Smoothie King Center against the Los Angels Lakers will be a premiere ticket, as Anthony Davis visits New Orleans for the first time since his trade demand to the L.A.

All four matchups versus the Lakers will be on national television (3 on ESPN, 1 on TNT).

Outside of the marquee matchups, the back-to-backs are always concerning, in particular, a road back-to-back, and the Pelicans have five road back-to-backs on the schedule, and 12 overall.

Another difficult task, 16 occasions of 3 games in 4 nights.

New Orleans wants to lead the NBA in pace of play. It'll be tested most on those occasions.

OCTOBER JANUARY (Cont.)
DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L
22Tue.atToronto7:00 PMTNT 16Thu.vs.Utah7:00 PM 
25Fri.vs.Dallas7:00 PMESPN 18Sat.vs.L.A. Clippers2:30 PMABC
26Sat.atHouston7:00 PM  20Mon.atMemphis4:00 PMTNT
28Mon.vs.Golden State7:00 PMNBA TV 22Wed.vs.San Antonio7:00 PM 
31Thu.vs.Denver8:30 PMTNT 24Fri.vs.Denver7:00 PM 
       26Sun.vs.Boston5:00 PMESPN
NOVEMBER 28Tue.atCleveland6:30 PM 
DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L 31Fri.vs.Memphis7:00 PM 
2Sat.atOklahoma City4:00 PM        
4Mon.atBrooklyn6:30 PMNBA TV FEBRUARY
8Fri.vs.Toronto7:00 PM  DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L
9Sat.atCharlotte6:00 PM  2Sun.atHouston1:00 PMABC
11Mon.vs.Houston7:00 PMNBA TV 4Tue.vs.Milwaukee6:30 PMTNT
14Thu.vs.L.A. Clippers7:00 PM  6Thu.atChicago7:00 PM 
16Sat.atMiami7:00 PM  8Sat.atIndiana6:30 PM 
17Sun.vs.Golden State6:00 PM  11Tue.vs.Portland7:00 PM 
19Tue.vs.Portland7:00 PMNBA TV 13Thu.vs.Oklahoma City7:00 PM 
21Thu.atPhoenix9:30 PMTNT 21Fri.atPortland9:30 PMESPN
23Sat.atUtah8:00 PMNBA TV 23Sun.atGolden State7:30 PMNBA TV
24Sun.atL.A. Clippers8:00 PM  25Tue.atL.A. Lakers9:00 PMTNT
27Wed.vs.L.A. Lakers8:30 PMESPN 28Fri.vs.Cleveland7:00 PM 
29Fri.atOklahoma City7:00 PMNBA TV       
       MARCH
DECEMBER DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L
DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L 1Sun.vs.L.A. Lakers7:00 PMESPN
1Sun.vs.Oklahoma City4:00 PM  3Tue.vs.Minnesota7:00 PM 
3Tue.vs.Dallas6:30 PMTNT 4Wed.atDallas7:30 PM 
5Thu.vs.Phoenix7:00 PM  6Fri.vs.Miami7:00 PM 
7Sat.atDallas1:00 PM  8Sun.atMinnesota2:30 PM 
9Mon.vs.Detroit7:00 PMNBA TV 11Wed.atSacramento9:00 PMESPN
11Wed.atMilwaukee8:30 PMESPN 13Fri.atUtah8:00 PM 
13Fri.atPhiladelphia6:00 PM  14Sat.atL.A. Clippers9:30 PM 
15Sun.vs.Orlando2:30 PM  16Mon.vs.Atlanta7:00 PM 
17Tue.vs.Brooklyn7:00 PM  18Wed.vs.San Antonio7:00 PM 
18Wed.atMinnesota7:00 PM  21Sat.atMemphis7:00 PM 
20Fri.atGolden State9:30 PMESPN 22Sun.vs.Sacramento6:00 PM 
23Mon.atPortland9:00 PMNBA TV 24Tue.vs.Memphis7:00 PM 
25Wed.atDenver9:30 PMESPN 27Fri.vs.New York7:00 PM 
28Sat.vs.Indiana6:00 PM  29Sun.atOrlando5:00 PM 
29Sun.vs.Houston7:00 PMNBA TV 31Tue.atAtlanta6:30 PM 
             
JANUARY APRIL
DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L DATEDAYOPPONENTTIMENAT'L
3Fri.atL.A. Lakers9:30 PMESPN 1Wed.atWashington6:00 PM 
4Sat.atSacramento9:00 PM  5Sun.atSan Antonio6:00 PM 
6Mon.vs.Utah7:00 PM  7Tue.vs.Charlotte7:00 PM 
8Wed.vs.Chicago7:00 PM  9Thu.vs.Phoenix7:00 PM 
10Fri.atNew York7:00 PMESPN 11Sat.vs.Philadelphia6:00 PM 
11Sat.atBoston6:00 PM  13Mon.vs.Washington7:00 PM 
13Mon.atDetroit6:00 PM  15Wed.atSan Antonio6:30 PM