The Magic will open their 2014-15 season in New Orleans against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Oct. 28, the NBA and the Magic announced Wednesday. The team will then return home to play the Wizards on Oct. 30 at Amway Center (a rare non-TNT Thursday night game, by the way).
As expected, Orlando is not featured prominently on the national television schedule. The team is slated for just two NBATV appearances and no national television appearances on ESPN or TNT. The Magic just do not have a lot of pull or draw nationally yet. Not unless Aaron Gordon or Victor Oladipo becomes a YouTube superstar.
Those appearances are always subject to change depending on record and anything else that might be special (like a crazy win streak).
Each year, the NBA schedule is pretty predictable. Every team plays each other about the same number of times every year. It is just when they come through town.
Interestingly, the Magic play 27 of their 41 home games on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. They will also face 17 back-to-backs this season (about the average every year).
Some other highlights from the schedule (you can see the full schedule at OrlandoMagic.com):
Magic fans will get an early look at the top two picks of the Draft too (a look at what could have been had the ping pong balls bounced differently). The Timberwolves make their only trip to Orlando on Friday, Nov. 7, likely bringing Andrew Wiggins in tow. Jabari Parker and the Bucks follow a week later on Nov. 14. Fan draft favorite Dante Exum will visit with the Jazz on Dec. 19.
Orlando will make an early West Coast road trip this year, heading out for a six-game, nine-day trip that starts in Indianapolis on Nov. 28 and ends in Sacramento on Dec. 6. The Magic face the Suns, Clippers and Warriors on the trip too. That game against Golden State will actually conclude their season series. Very early in the year.
The Magic will take their second West Coast road trip in early January for a three-game West Coast jaunt followed by a trip to Chicago.
Magic fans will get a very nice treat for Christmas though.
LeBron James makes his first appearance in Orlando since rejoining the Cavaliers on Dec. 26, the day after James makes his return to Miami on Christmas Day (the featured game of the day). That will be followed shortly by Stan Van Gundy’s first game in Orlando against the Magic on Dec. 30.
The Magic’s longest home stand takes place March 20-April 1 for a five-game homestand. That could be critical if the Magic are thinking about the Playoffs at that time. Maybe we should not think so ahead.
Orlando’s final home game of the season is April 11 against New York. The team closes the season April 15 in Brooklyn after playing Miami (two teams that could be fighting for Playoff spots at the end of the season).
The schedule is laid out in front of us. Let’s see what the year has in store for us.