The NBA has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA Season. Last week the opening week and Christmas Day games were announced.
The schedule will come with an earlier start with the season set to kick-off on October 17th this year. Commissioner Adam Silver promised a more favorable schedule in order to accommodate more rest. Teams will see a reduction in games played per week and some adjustments made to the travel plans to compensate for the extra rest. No team will be playing four games in five nights.
The season will kick-off with the Boston Celtics visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, October 17th. The defending champions, Golden State Warriors will follow-up and host the Houston Rockets that same night. Both games will be broadcasted on TNT.
As a few star players have exchanged zip codes there are a few notable games to take note of with their return to their former city. Paul George will get his first look in a Thunder uniform when he faces his former team in Indiana on December 13th. The game will be featured on ESPN. The Bulls reunion in Minnesota will make its way to Chicago on February 9th. Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson coached by Tom Thibodeau will make their only trip to Chicago then.
Gordon Hayward who opted to sign with the Boston Celtics will return to Utah on March 28th, that game will also be featured on ESPN. Chris Paul who was traded to the Houston Rockets will face his former team the Los Angeles Clippers on January 15th.
Other notable match-ups
October 26th: Pelicans @ Kings – DeMarcus Cousins was traded on All-Star Sunday and never got a chance to play against his former team, the Sacramento Kings.
November 15th: 76ers @ Lakers – The no.1 and no.2 pick respectfully will face off for the first time. Lonzo Ball and Markell Fultz are the top two picks in the 2017 NBA Draft. The match-up also comes with a little bit of social media trash talk as Joel Embiid was outspoken on his thoughts with LaVar Ball.
November 22nd: Warriors @ Thunder – Kevin Durant makes his return to Oklahoma City yet again. This time instead of a cherry on top of a cupcake there is a ring. Does the OKC crowd warm up to a champion?
January 15th: Warriors @ Cavaliers – The second game of the two-game series will be played in Cleveland. The interesting part about this game is if Kyrie will still be a member of the Cavaliers this late in the season. Should he not be traded prior to the start of the season.
January 3rd: Thunder @ Lakers – Only because Paul George is supposedly only considering to head home after this season. Laker fans will be showing up in already made PG-13 Laker jerseys attempting to woo him over to the dark side.
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