The Philadelphia 76ers will kick off the 2014-15 campaign the road against the Indiana Pacers (sans Paul George) on October 29, and they'll conclude their season-opening trip two days later with a Halloween Night matchup against Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks.
For the second year in a row, the Sixers will face the Miami Heat in their home opener (November 1), but with LeBron James's return to Cleveland, it's a pretty safe assumption that this matchup will lack the cachet of last year's showdown. For what it's worth, the Sixers will also close out the season against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on April 15.
Speaking of James, he and the rest of the Cavaliers are only coming to Philadelphia once this season (January 5), so plan accordingly. The Sixers will face Cleveland on two other occasions next year: February 2 and March 29.
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Cleveland Cavaliers Minnesota Timberwolves will visit the Wells Fargo Center on January 30. Orlando's Aaron Gordon and former Sixer Elfrid Payton will make their lone Philly stop on November 5, while Dante Exum and the Utah Jazz are scheduled to come to town on March 5.
As usual, the Sixers' longest road trip of the season begins just before Christmas (kicking off with a December 21 date vs. the Orlando Magic) and ending with a January 3 contest against the Los Angeles Clippers. In all, Nerlens Noel and Co. will play seven games over the course of 14 days, with only one back-to-back in the mix.
Speaking of back-to-backs, the Sixers are slated to play 21 of them this year, one more than last year. Seven of those back-to-backs come during a particularly brutal stretch (January 9 through February 7) in which the 76ers are scheduled to play 18 games in 30 days.
There's an extra large gap in the schedule due to an extended NBA All-Star Break this season. The Sixers will face the Golden State Warriors at home on February 9, and won't return to action until February 20 against the Indiana Pacers (also at the Wells Fargo Center).
As it stands, the 76ers are only scheduled to be on national television twice during the 2014-15 season: November 29 vs. the Dallas Mavericks (NBA TV) and December 21 vs. the Orlando Magic (also on NBA TV),
And for those of you in the Philadelphia area (or who plan to be in the area sometime in December), the Sixers have a three-game homestand in the middle of the month (December 13 vs. Memphis, December 15 against Boston, and December 19 vs. Charlotte): There's a pretty decent chance the Liberty Ballers meet-up will fall on one of those nights.
Sure... we're nearly three months away from a basketball game that actually counts in the standings, but what are your initial thoughts on the Sixers' 2014-15 schedule?