The Charlotte Hornets have had a lot of rotten luck as of late when it comes to getting on national TV. For two straight years now they've had end of season matchups on ESPN get flexed out for games that would be more relevant to the playoff race. This season however, the Hornets should have no issues being shown to the entire world. With today's schedule release we now know they'll have three games on ESPN/TNT, and six on NBA TV.
Charlotte's first ESPN game will be against the San Antonio Spurs on November 23rd, and their second will be against the Golden State Warriors on January 25th. Their lone TNT game against the Indiana Pacers will be on March 6th. All three ESPN/TNT will be home games which means the Hornets will get the chance to show off their beautiful home white jerseys to the entire country along with the best home court design in the NBA. There is very little chance any of these games get flexed out, because all three of them take place in a part of the season where flex outs rarely happen.
The most interesting game of these three is definitely the matchup against the Pacers on TNT. When TNT shows the NBA, there's usually very few NBA games on except for the TNT matchups which means the Hornets will dominate basketball fans TV sets, and they'll be taking on a team that most are expecting to compete for a playoff spot in the same range as Charlotte. Tiebreakers could be on the line, as well as establishing playoff positioning.
The two ESPN games will be fun matchups against some very good teams, but they also have a high blowout potential. The Spurs and Warriors are expected to contend for a title, and while the Hornets should be a good team themselves they're just on a different tier. At worst, it should be fun watching Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry (hometown kid back in Charlotte narrative gonna be all over the place in this one), Kawhi Leonard, etc taking on the Hornets with guys like Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy commentating in the background. If the Hornets do manage to pull out the victory on national TV that could be huge for Charlotte's popularity among the common NBA fan.