The wait is finally over. After dragging it out over weeks and lording the full drop over our heads, the NBA schedule release is finally upon us, and we know where and when the Sixers will play all 82 of their games this season. Philadelphia’s road to the playoffs is now in sight.
Heading into the big drop, we already knew the Sixers had two noteworthy games on the calendar, following announcements they would play the New York Knicks on Christmas Day and embark on a trip to London to play the Boston Celtics. We also got a big hint about the national TV slate as a whole, after Brian Windhorst shared that the team would have more games on national television than the New York Knicks in 2017-18.
The Sixers will play a whopping 14 games on national television this year, with nine of those games coming on ESPN and five in the Thursday night TNT slot. Three of those ESPN games will be part of the league’s Sunday showcase that comes later in the season, in matchups against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Washington Wizards, and the Milwaukee Bucks. There will be an additional nine games broadcast on NBATV, bringing the full total to 23 games if you include those.
December will likely be the team’s toughest month, with nine of the Sixers’ 15 games coming on the road. That December slate does include a big matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, the home edition of the highly-anticipated battle between Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball.
For those of you concerned about the workload for Joel Embiid, the team will play in 14 different back-to-backs this season, the first of which will be played during the team’s opening weekend. We still don’t know if the team plans to sit him out or put him on any sort of rest plan this season, but this clocks in under the average for the league as a whole (14.9 per team).
A full copy of the schedule can be viewed below:
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