Their first trip to the postseason in four years has whetted the appetites of the New Orleans Pelicans—and the same is undoubtedly true for their fans. Megastar Anthony Davis will seek to guide his team back to the playoffs for a second straight season, as they attempt to advance to the Conference Semifinals for the first time since 2008. With just three seasons under his belt, Davis has quickly emerged as one of the premier players in the NBA. Together with Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday, “The Brow” will do everything in his power to vault the Pelicans into contention in a super-competitive Western Conference. Come out and be a part of the excitement at Smoothie King Center—New Orleans Pelicans tickets are on sale now for 2015-16!
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2/4/16 - The New Orleans Pelicans continue through their slump, now up to three consecutive losses. Most recently, they were unable to beat out the Los Angeles Lakers with the final score coming to 99-96. The Pelicans’ last victory was on January 30th when they took on the Brooklyn Nets in a home game. They were seven points behind at the half, but were able to turn it around in the third period and finish 103-105. Unfortunately, the Pelicans are now entering a series of away games with only occasional visits to New Orleans for lone home games. First up, the Pelicans will be hosting the Utah Jazz on February 10th. Tickets are available starting at just $4.
1/28/16 - The New Orleans Pelicans had a three game winning streak broken with a close loss against the Rockets on the 25. Anthony Davis missed the second half after being elbowed in the head. Jrue Holiday led the team with a season-high 32 points. The game was close at the final seconds, with the Rockets ahead 112-109 with a minute left. Holiday scored with 28 seconds left to get within one, but the Pelicans were unable to get another basket and lost. They were able to have a better night when they played the Kings on the 28 and won 114-105. They will look to get another win when they host the Nets on the 30. Tickets are available for prices as low as $5.
1/21/16 - The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Timberwolves 114-99 in their latest match on January 19. The team started out with a 17-pint deficit, but they more than made up for it by the end of the game. Anthony Davis led the team with 35 points. Eric Gordon unfortunately left in the third quarter due to a fractured ring finger. He scored 11 points before leaving, and his replacement Jrue Holiday was able to get 19 points. This win gives the Pelicans a chance to vie for the final playoff spot in their conference. The Pelicans next host the Pistons on the 21 and then the Bucks on the 23. You can still get tickets to catch the action in person for prices starting at $7.
1/14/16 - The New Orleans Pelicans ended their four game losing streak with a win over the Kings on January 13. Anthony Davis was back on the court after sitting out two games due to a bruised back. He may not have been in top form, but he grabbed 24 points. His team rallied around him, and Eric Gordon added another 24 points, including six 3-pointers. The team as a whole had 16 3-pointers, which tied their team record. The Pelicans were ahead by 25 at one point, and the final score was 109-97. The Pelicans will look to continue this trend when they host the Hornets on the 15, and you can get tickets with prices starting at just $7.
1/7/16 - The New Orleans Pelicans had a strong 105-98 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on January 2nd, but they followed it up with a disappointing loss in a rematch a few days later. Now that they are back on their own field, the Pelicans were not able to hold their own against the Mavericks again and the final score came to 100-91. This brings the Pelicans’ season record to 11-23. Hopefully they will have more luck as they continue. Up next, they are hosting the Indiana Pacers to finish out their run on their own court. Afterward, they will be hitting the road for three matches, and will return on January 15th to host the Charlotte Hornets.
12/31/15 - After surprising much of the league with their playoff appearance last year, the New Orleans Pelicans have had trouble taking flight in 2015-16. They’ve won consecutive games just twice this season, most recently over Denver and Portland. The Pels will need to score a W over the Clippers on New Year’s Eve to avoid ending 2015 on a two-game skid, and that might be even more important since New Orleans opens 2016 with a home-and-home series versus the Mavericks. You can be a part of the excitement in person with tickets for Smoothie King Center, on sale now! Get in on Jan. 6th for Mavs vs. Pelicans with tickets as low as $5 apiece!!
12/22/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans may be one of the NBA teams that has struggled the most this season, but they luckily haven’t suffered from major losing streaks in the month of December. On December 16, the Pelicans faced off against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, UT. The Pelicans had an unimpressive game during the first three quarters, but turned up the heat to go on a 16-point run in the fourth quarter. This large scoring spree was too much for the Jazz to handle and the Pelicans took home the 104-94 win. See if they Pelicans can keep up the good work when you get your tickets for their next live game.
12/17/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans are halfway through their series of away games, and they just earned their first win since leaving their home court. On December 16th, the Pelicans faced the Utah Jazz. The score came to 73-49 at the end of the third quarter with the Pelicans behind, but they had a whirlwind final period and ended up ahead by a very impressive 10 points. The final score was 104-94. From here, the Pelicans still have to travel to face the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets, but they will be back in New Orleans by December 23rd. They will host the Portland Trail Blazers and you can attend for just $6.
12/10/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans broke their four game losing streak with an overtime win against the Cavaliers on December 4. The Pelicans were ahead by 13 points with seven minutes left until the Cavaliers had a late surge to tie the game and send it into overtime. Anthony Davis had a great night with 31 points, and helped to jump start overtime to hit three jump shots. Eric Gordon helped out with 19 points and Ryan Anderson led with 18. The Pelicans' momentum did not hold, and they lost against the Celtics on the 7. After a few days' rest, the Pelicans host the Wizards on the 11, and tickets are still available for $11 and up.
12/3/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans had a ray of brightness hit their team during the Thanksgiving holiday week. They won three games in a row, which is impressive since they have only won four games this season. However, the Pelicans weren’t able to add on to the wins and were defeated the next four games in a row. Their recent loss was to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Even though the Pelicans outscored the Rockets by 12 points in the first quarter, they couldn’t lock down the lead. The Rockets won the game, 108-101 over the Pelicans. See if you can help pull the Pelicans out of their losing slump when they take on the Boston Celtics on December 7.
11/26/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last two games in a row, finally breaking their five game losing streak and changing the pace of the season. Their first victory came against the Spurs on Friday, November 20. Anthony Davis was back, and his presence was felt. He scored 20 points, had 18 rebounds, and blocked a jump shot from LaMarcus Aldridge that changed the tide of the game. The Pelicans took the momentum from the game and beat the Suns on the 22. They play the Suns again in the second half of a home-home series on the 25. You can still get tickets to see the game, with prices starting at $16.
11/19/15 - Someone has to be at the bottom of the record board in the NBA and the New Orleans Pelicans have currently fallen into that position. The team has only won one game of twelve played this season and has lost their last five games in a row. On November 18, the Pelicans hit the court against the Thunder. It was the second quarter that made all of the difference in the game, when the Thunder crushed the Pelicans by scoring 14 more points that the Pelicans. Get your tickets today to see if the Pelicans can recover from the tough loss against the Thunder. Next up is the San Antonio Spurs on November 20.
11/12/15 - After finally getting their first win of the season against the Mavericks on November 10, the New Orleans Pelicans once again have started a losing streak when they lost against the Hawks, Raptors, and Knicks. Their victory had an 18-point lead going into halftime that never fell below 14 points during the rest of the game. Anthony Davis helped out with 17 points in the first half, and then sat out the rest of the game due to a bruised right hip. Several players helped out on offense, with Ryan Anderson getting 25 pints, Ish Smith had 17 points and Eric Gordon also had 17. The Pelicans play the Nuggets on the 17, with tickets available as low as $4.
11/5/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans still have not found their footing this season. It is easy to see the four-game losing streak and get disappointed, but any fan that takes a closer look will see a team that is performing well. Despite taking no wins, the Pelicans have scored at least 94 points in every single match, and even took an unheard of 120 points against the top team in the league: the Golden State Warriors. That is an unbelievable feat in and of itself. Still, the Pelicans will be in trouble if they do not start earning some victories. Their next home match will be on November 10th against the Dallas Mavericks.
10/29/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans have struggled in their first two games of the 2015-16 season. They lost their opening game against the Golden State Warriors and experienced another loss against the Portland Trail Blazers in game number two. The Pelicans have made a surprising move this week when they waived veteran point guard Nate Robinson, who started in the season opener. Ish Smith, who was recently signed, outperformed Robinson against the Trail Blazers. This also leaves a spot open on their roster. The Pelicans will look to break their losing streak when they once again face the Warriors on Halloween in their first home game of the season. Tickets remain available with prices starting at just $17.
10/21/15 - As the NBA preseason is winding down, all the teams are getting amped up for the regular season to begin next week. The New Orleans Pelicans announced this week that guard, Tyreke Evans, went under the knife for a successful arthroscopy on his right knee. He is a key player for the Pelicans, playing in 79 regular season games in 2014-2015 season. So far the timetable for his return is to be determined, but will hopefully be announced in the next couple of weeks. Don’t miss your chance to see this young team hit the court for their first home game opener on October 31. They face the NBA Champions from last season, the Golden State Warriors. Tickets are still available.
10/13/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans are 2-1 in their preseason so far. They beat the Pacers and the Bulls, but they were unable to get passed the Hawks in their second game. In each of the three games, Anthony Davis has been the high scorer with 18, 20, and 26 points respectively. Unfortunately, Norris Cole, the backup point guard for the Pelicans, will be out for up to six weeks due to an ankle sprain that occurred during practice. Fortunately, the Pelicans have depth in the position, and Tyreke Evans is expected to be the starter in the position. The Pelicans next host the Kings on October 17, and you can still get your tickets. Prices start at $31.
8/13/15 - If a new name was intended to breathe fresh life into a struggling franchise, the 2014-2015 proved otherwise for the New Orleans Pelicans. The pelicans finished the season in fifth place in the tough Southwest Division despite having a 45-37 record. Fortunately, the NBA has just released its official schedule for the upcoming 2015-2016 season, giving Pelicans players and fans a fast-approaching new beginning. Unfortunately, that new beginning will start on the road against the defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans will head to Portland next to face the Trail Blazers before heading home to play the Warriors a second time. They’re going to need a lot of support, so be sure to come to the home kickoff game on Saturday, October 31 at Smoothie King Center.
4/20/15 - Anthony Davis has made the most of his first NBA playoff experience, posting outstanding numbers for the New Orleans Pelicans in the opening games of their first round series. However, it hasn’t been enough to secure a win against the high-powered Golden State Warriors, who finished atop the league in regular season play. Davis filled the stat sheet on Monday night at Oracle Arena, posting 26 points to go with 10 rebounds and three assists. Though the Pelicans ultimately fell to Golden State, the young team kept fighting back throughout the night to show their resilience. The action switches to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Thursday, when the Pels will look to climb back into the series versus the number one seed. Tickets are still available, but they won’t last long!
4/14/15 - Anthony Davis and his New Orleans Pelicans will play the biggest game of their season on Wednesday night, and the final game of their regular season. The question remains—will they punch their ticket to the playoffs? The Pelicans control their own destiny, owning the tiebreaker over the Oklahoma City Thunder, with whom they are currently locked in a dead heat. Should the Thunder lose their final game on Wednesday, New Orleans will automatically slide into the postseason for the first time since 2011. However, the Pels can remove all doubt by knocking off the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in game number 82. Tickets for Spurs vs. Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center are available starting at $38, but don’t wait—supplies are limited!
4/9/15 - As of this writing, the New Orleans Pelicans hold a tiebreaker edge in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot over Oklahoma City. The Pelicans and Thunder are tied record-wise at 42-36 with just four games remaining, but the Pelicans have a better record in conference.
4/2/15 - It’s looking like the New Orleans Pelicans are going to come up short in the chase for the final postseason berth in the Western Conference. Even though the Pelicans are peaking at the right time, and Oklahoma City are going to be without Kevin Durant for the rest of the season, the Pelicans still have 2 ½ games to make up.
3/26/15 - Time is running out for the New Orleans Pelicans, who may just find themselves on the outside looking in once the playoffs start. The Pelicans have fallen back to 10th place in the Western Conference, 3 ½ games behind eighth-place Oklahoma City, and have lost their last four straight and six of their last 10.
3/17/15 - The New Orleans Pelicans' loss against the Nuggets prevented their three game winning streak to turn into a four game streak. However, it did not completely ruin their chances of a post-season. The Pelicans may currently be ranked fifth in the Southwest Division, but they still have a strong chance to enter the playoffs at the end of the regular season. The Pelicans will have to win several of their remaining games, and see some of their competition lose some key games. Oklahoma City's loss against Dallas helped to keep the Pelicans in the running for the number 8 seed, as they are now only a half a game away. This gives the team even more motivation to beat the Bucks for their next game on March 17. Tickets are still on sale, starting at $4.
3/5/15 - till on the outside looking in at the top eight in the NBA’s Western Conference, the New Orleans Pelicans have been unable to close the one-game gap on Oklahoma City in the conference standings. The Pelicans have been victorious in two of their last three outings, sandwiching a loss with wins on either side.
2/26/15 - Once again, if the New Orleans Pelicans were in the Eastern Conference, they’d be in the top eight in the conference; however, in the stronger West, the Pelicans sit just behind eighth seed Oklahoma City. The Pelicans, who have won three straight, are two games behind the resurgent Thunder.
2/20/15 - As the league gets back to business after its All-Star break, the New Orleans Pelicans still have a solid chance of playing their way into the postseason. As action gets back underway this weekend, the Pelicans sit in 10th place in the conference, just a game and a half behind Oklahoma City and Phoenix.
2/12/15 - A three-game losing string has the New Orleans Pelicans back to just a game over .500 as the All-Star break looms. The Pelicans have fallen a game back of surging Oklahoma City in the Western Conference, and seven games behind Southwest Division rivals (and defending league champs) San Antonio.
2/5/15 - We’ve probably said this before, but it bears saying again: If the New Orleans Pelicans were in the Eastern Conference, they would be in the thick of a playoff battle. As it is, they’re hot on the heels of Phoenix for the eighth seed in the West, a game and a half behind.
1/29/15 - Despite being in last place in their division, the Southwest, the New Orleans Pelicans are still very much in the hunt for a playoff position as the midpoint of the season approaches. The Pelicans are in ninth place in the West at the moment, just 2 ½ games behind Phoenix for that all-important eighth seed.
1/15/15 - Win one, lose one; win one, lose one. The New Orleans Pelicans have been the picture of .500 consistency this season; while the team last lost more than one game just a week ago, their last winning streak (two games, natch) was in mid-December.
1/8/15 - After starting off the year with a string win over division rival Houston, the New Orleans Pelicans have lost their last two games to fall one game under .500 on the season. The Pelicans are bringing up the rear in the ultra-competitive Southwest Division, 3 ½ games back of San Antonio.
12/18/14 - The New Orleans Pelicans continue to play .500 basketball in what is proving to be the toughest division in the NBA, the Southwest Division. The Pelicans, at 12-12, are 8 ½ games behind division leaders Memphis, and four back of San Antonio, their nearest division rival.
12/11/14 - After getting back to .500 earlier this week, the New Orleans Pelicans fell back to a game under the break-even point, falling to fellow Southwest Division member Dallas 112-107 on Wednesday. The Pelicans had previously beaten the L.A. Lakers and New York.
12/4/14 - The New Orleans Pelicans did a fine job of welcoming Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant back from his injury. The Pelicans’ 112-104 victory leveled their record at 8-8, the bottom-most team in the Southwest Division.
11/20/14 - Something very interesting is happening in the NBA’s Southwest Division. Every team in the division is playing over-.500 ball, and this includes the New Orleans Pelicans, who are bringing up the rear, albeit at a 6-4 clip, a half game behind San Antonio.
11/13/14 - In a sign of the competition in the Southwest Division, the New Orleans Hornets are tied for the bottom with defending champs San Antonio – but after a big win over the woeful Lakers, the Pelicans are a game over .500, as are the Spurs.
11/6/14 - The New Orleans Pelicans need to play at home more often. The Pelicans, who are 2-2 overall and at the bottom of the NBA’s difficult Southwest Division, are 2-1 at the Smoothie King Center, while they have yet to win on the road.
10/30/14 - The New Orleans Pelicans are sitting at 1-0 heading into their second game of the season against the Dallas Mavericks on the first of November. Their season opener against the Orlando Magic ended in a 101-84 victory for the Pelicans which was mostly fueled by Anthony Davis. Davis is well on his way to MVP status with 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks from the first game of the regular season. Omar Asik worked well in concert with Davis, racking up 14 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks on his own during the game. It was Ryan Anderson, however, who powered through a one-man barrage to give the Pelicans a good cushion at the end of the third quarter that the Magic simply could not catch. Tickets are available for upcoming games from as little as $10.
8/26/14 - The 2014-2015 New Orleans Pelicans schedule recently released, and it is filled to the brim with can’t-miss games. The Pelicans will open the season with a pair of home games: Oct. 28 against Orlando and Nov. 1 against Dallas. Their first road contest comes on Nov. 3, when New Orleans travels to the Memphis Grizzlies. Smoothie King Center will host the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 6, and again on Apr. 15 for the final game of the regular season. Pelicans fans won’t have to wait long to see the newly named Charlotte Hornets (who retook its original mascot after NO rebranded to the Pelicans), when the squad comes to town on Nov. 4. Not long after, LeBron James and Cleveland visit (Nov. 8), followed by Kevin Durant and OKC (Dec. 2) and Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles (Jan. 21). Don’t miss out when Omer Asik gets a shot at his former team, with New Orleans tickets at Houston on Dec. 18, and see Anthony Davis play in his hometown with Pelicans tickets in Chicago on Dec. 27.
The newly branded New Orleans Pelicans had lofty goals coming into last season. Despite gallant acquisitions by way of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, and the franchise’s ushering in of a new era of NBA in Louisiana, the Pelicans fell short of the postseason for a third year running. Their young core suffered bouts of injuries and finished the 2013-2014 campaign at 34-48. On the upside, former first overall pick Anthony Davis put NO on the map and made a name for himself as a superstar. In fact, Kevin Durant recently prophesied AD would become the next NBA MVP—don’t miss out on his run to greatness with New Orleans Pelicans tickets now!
With all of their pieces already in place, the Pelicans focused on getting healthy in the 2014 offseason. As a result of the Holiday trade, the franchise did not have a first-round pick and took Dario Saric and Russ Smith in the second round. New Orleans lost Al-Farouq Aminu in free agency, but their gain was huge. See Omer Asik's debut as a Pelican as he joins an All-Star cast of A.D., Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson who are all healthy and ready to make a postseason run! Take in the action at Smoothie King Center with New Orleans Pelicans tickets today!
4/17/14 - They play in what is easily the toughest division in the NBA, with four – San Antonio, Houston, Memphis, and Dallas – of its five members qualifying for the NBA Playoffs. But the New Orleans Pelicans ended a tough season, their first under this new moniker, with a pair of wins, the last of the season against Houston, 105-100. The Birds got a double-double from forward Tyreke Evans, who scored 25 points and dished out 10 assists (along with six rebounds) to lead the way; Austin Rivers collected 18 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals of his own. Anthony Morrow chipped in 15 points, and center Alexis Ajinca added 11 points, four boards, three blocks, two assists, and a steal.
4/11/14 - On a night in which just nine players were available to the New Orleans Pelicans, it was their bench players which kept them in the game, falling just short of Phoenix, 94-88 on April 9. With Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis both shut down for the rest of the season, it was the quartet of reserves Jeff Withey (17 points), Anthony Morrow (14 points), Luke Babbitt (12 points), and Austin Rivers (10 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) who stepped up for the Pelicans. Starters Darius Miller (14 points), Tyreke Evans (10 points, eight rebounds) and Greg Stiemsma (8 rebounds, two blocks) also had prominent performances.
4/4/14 - It was Tyreke Evans and a cast of thousands for the New Orleans Pelicans on April 2 in a 137-107 road loss to Denver in the Pepsi Center. Evans was the Pelicans’ high scorer with 27 points on 9-for16 shooting from the field and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line; and top rebounder with 8 boards (six on the defensive glass and two offensive boards). After Evans came Anthony Morrow, who chalked up 17 points in a reserve effort; and center Jeff Withey, who scored 13 points, pulled down five boards, and rejected four shots, also in a backup effort for New Orleans. The Pelicans were just 2-of-9 from outside the three-point arc, both treys made by Morrow.
3/27/14 - Even though they had only one true backcourt player healthy – Anthony Morrow, who led the team in scoring with 27 points – the New Orleans Pelicans managed to sneak past the visiting Los Angeles Clippers, 98-96. The Pelicans held a sizable advantage in points in the paint, doubling up the Clips 56-28, while also holding a 53-40 advantage in rebounding; three players reached double figures in rebounds, Anthony Davis led the way with 13, Alexis Ajinca chipped in 11 off the bench, and Al-Farouq Aminu added 10. Tyreke Evans nearly had a double-double, combining 10 points and nine assists for the night.
3/20/14 - It’s been an up and down week for the New Orleans Pelicans, who have dropped two of their last three contests, the lone win coming in a 121-120 overtime effort against Boston in which All-Star Anthony Davis hung 40 points on the Celtics. However, three nights later, Davis would be out due to an upper respiratory infection and visting Toronto would prove victorious, 107-100. Reserve forward Al-Farouq Aminu would notch a double-double for the Pelicans, scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, while starter Tyreke Evans would add 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. A 22-5 deficit in offensive rebounding would see Toronto ultimately win the battle of the boards, 48-34.
3/13/14 - After three straight wins, the New Orleans Pelicans took on divisional rivals Memphis on March 12 and were narrowly defeated, 90-88, by the Grizzlies, who are scrambling to maintain a spot in the West’s top eight. The Pelicans went cold in the fourth quarter of this game, being outscored 23-14 by Memphis. Still, Anthony Davis had a strong game at both ends of the floor for New Orleans, collecting a team high 27 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. In a reserve role, guard Austin Rivers nearly had his own double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out nine assists, along with two steals.
3/7/14 - Normally, a visit to Los Angeles to play the Lakers is not when you’d expect to snap a losing streak…but these aren’t your usual team of Lakers, tied with the Utah Jazz for the worst record in the Western Conference. The New Orleans Pelicans took full advantage, too, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 132-125 victory over the Lakers. Three Pelicans accounted for 80 of the teams points; Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon each chipped in 28 points, while Tyreke Evans added 24 points.and 11 assists. Davis cleared 15 boards for a game high, 12 of those on the defensive end for New Orleans.
2/28/14 - New Orleans’ trip to Dallas proved costly in more ways than one, as All Star representative Anthony Davis left with a sprained left shoulder in the second quarter of the Pelicans’ 108-89 loss to the Mavericks. The team has stated that Davis, who had six points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans at the time of the injury, is day to day. Davis’s nine boards were a team high, while Eric Gordon led the scoring for New Orleans with 19 points. Tyreke Evans handed out seven assists in a reserve effort.
2/21/14 - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis came off the bench as the hometown representative in last weekend’s NBA All Star Game. Davis, who played a total of 10 minutes, added 10 points, a single rebound, and a pair of steals. The Pelicans team, however, got out of the blocks in the second half slowly, getting blitzed by Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points in a 98-91 loss to the New York Knicks. Eric Gordon led the Pelicans with 28 points on the night, while Davis contributed 14.
2/10/14 - Big news out of the New Orleans Pelicans camp: Mascot Pierre the Pelican is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery, according to an “official” release by the Pelicans, after suffering a broken beak during a pickup basketball game with the mascots from Memphis, Denver, and Sacramento, as well as the New Orleans Saints of the NFL, at the Pelicans training facility. The release indicated that the broken beak occurred when Pierre ran into the padded stanchion on the basket.
2/3/14 - While hometown hero Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans has been named as one of the second year players who will participate in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge during All Star Weekend in the Big Easy, the Pelicans also got some not so good news recently, as it was announced on February 3 that center Jason Smith will be out for the rest of the season. The seven foot Smith had not played since January 15 and underwent surgery to remove loose cartilage from his right knee a few days ago.
1/21/14 - New Orleans Pelican tickets saw the largest jump in price due to high expectations from smart offseason moves, but did they pay off? Not exactly. So far, the injury-laden team has mustered up a mediocre 16-24 record. Yesterday’s victory over the Grizzlies (95-92), finally put an end to their grim eight-game losing streak, and may provide spark needed to move up from the dreadful 5th spot in the Southwest. With the NBA trade deadline looming, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans are in talks, while the Nets have officially traded Tyshawn Taylor to New Orleans. The brutal stretch of their season is over, so expect the Pellies to rack up a number of W’s over the next month! Today New Orleans will host the Kings, followed by a road game against the Pistons this Friday, and back home this Sunday to take on the Magic. It looks like that preseason spike in ticket value has tanked: you wouldn’t believe how cheap New Orleans Pelicans tickets are now! Get-in for every Pelicans home game through February for $3 or less—the most expensive get-in price of $3 comes against the Spurs (2/3) and Clippers (2/24). Remember December’s last matchup against the Clips? Love had one of the best lines of the season by tallying 45 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists! Talk about a bargain, every other game starts at just a buck or two.
The average price of New Orleans Pelicans tickets is up over 200%. Last season, the average price of a ticket inside New Orleans Arena was $66, this year,$203. The jump moved the Pelicans from the 8th cheapest team in the league to 9th most expensive this year. It was the largest spike in price in the entire league and can be credited to the smart off-season acquisitions and trades, in addition to the new identity of the team.
The New Orleans Pelicans made some big moves this offseason to their roster. The Pelicans traded their #6 draft pick Nerlens Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers for 2013 All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans also acquired former #1 pick Tyreke Evans in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings. 2013 Rookie of the Year runner-up Anthony Davis should show improvement this season and guard Eric Gordon could become the team’s breakout star if he manages to stay healthy. While the young squad is likely a few years away from contending in the Western Conference, they could challenge for their first playoff berth since the departure of Chris Paul. Look for interest in the newly named Pelicans to increase in 2013 and New Orleans Pelicans tickets prices to rise. Just one month before the preseason starts, Pelicans ticket prices are three-times higher than last year (avg. $185).
3/8/13 - Rebuilding is in full swing in New Orleans. With the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Hornets drafted Anthony Davis out of the University of Kentucky. As part of the Chris Paul trade, the Hornets also acquired the 10th pick which they used to draft Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtic Coach Doc Rivers. Unfortunately for the Hornets, injuries have limited the amount of playing time for both of their rookies, but Davis has been healthy of late and is averaging over 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and picking up nearly 2 blocks per outing. The news has been better for Eric Gordon whose knee seems to be returning to full strength. The star shooting guard is returning to form which is great news for fans since his acquisition from the Los Angeles Clippers was supposed to be the first piece of the rebuilding puzzle. Offseason acquisition Ryan Anderson, 2012's Most Improved Player and 3-point field goals leader, has also played well averaging 2.8 threes and 16.6 points per game. The makeup of the Hornets roster isn't the only thing that's changing; next year, the team will change its name to the New Orleans Pelicans.
At the beginning of the season, New Orleans Hornets tickets averaged $68 for a seat inside New Orleans Arena — tenth cheapest tickets in the NBA on the resale market. At the end of February, New Orleans tickets were the 3rd cheapest tickets in the League, only the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons were cheaper. Two of the three most expensive games this season at New Orleans Arena will be when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town. All but six Hornets games have tickets available under $10. Remaining games on the Hornets schedule with cheap tickets include: Boston Celtics ($11), Los Angeles Clippers ($6), and Dallas Mavericks ($2).