We already knew about the Christmas Day and opening night trips to Boston, plus the MLK Day matchup against the Rockets.
The rest of the Sixers schedule dropped this afternoon, and here are some items of significance:
- it’s not as front-loaded as it was last year, with tough games against Golden State (2x), at Houston, at OKC, at New Orleans, and at the Lakers taking place after the new year
- 9 of the last 13 games are on the road
- there’s a crazy, five-game road trip that includes the Christmas night game vs. Boston, plus Utah, Portland, the Clippers, and Phoenix
- 9 back-to-backs this season, two of which are in April – that’s an upgrade from last season when the London game sort of squished the back-end schedule and didn’t allow for as much rest
More on this from Shams:
Notable tidbits on 2018-19 NBA schedule: No four-games-in-five nights again; back-to-backs are at historic lows (average of 13.3 per team this season, it was 19.3 in ’14-15 and 14.4 last season) — and elimination of eight games in 12 nights for first time.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2018
- There’s a funky back-to-back featuring a 3:30 p.m. game in Cleveland on a Sunday, followed by a Monday night game in San Antonio
- LeBron comes to town on February 19th, so posers should get their brand new Laker jerseys ready
- all four games against Boston are on national television (obviously the league and the networks wanna get the rivalry up and running again)
- 27 national TV games is a ton, almost double the 14 we got last year (also means you’re gonna get a chunk of east coast games starting at 7:30 or 8:00 instead of 7:00 p.m.)
- some very early Eastern Conference tests – at Boston, at Milwaukee, at Toronto all in October
The Sixers put together a month-by-month breakdown:
- OCTOBER: 8 games (4 home, 4 road)
- NOVEMBER: 16 games (9 home, 7 road)
- DECEMBER: 13 games (6 home, 7 road)
- JANUARY: 15 games (7 home, 8 road)
- FEBRUARY: 10 games (6 home, 4 road)
- MARCH: 14 games (7 home, 7 road)
- APRIL: 6 games (2 home, 4 road)
Full schedule after the jump:
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