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Brooklyn Nets 2016-17 Schedule: Open up in Boston, first home game against Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets 2016-17 regular season schedule has been officially released, according to the Nets website. The team will open up on the road in Boston on October 26th against the Celtics, then opening up at home two nights later against the Indiana Pacers and Thaddeus Young.

The Nets do not play on Christmas Day, as expected, nor will they have to play on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day -- those, of course, being the first dates that people who cover the team check.

The Nets will have one nationally televised game on ESPN -- vs. the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 9.  LinSanity and all that. The Nets and Knicks will also play at Barclays Center on February 1 and March 12, as well as March 16 at the Garden.  The Nets will also have two nationally televised games on NBA TV --March 23 against the Suns, April 8 against the Bulls, both in Brooklyn -- but none on TNT.

Brooklyn will play 14 back-to-back sets this season, four of them in January., less than the league average of 16.3 One of those back-to-backs, in late December, will feature the Warriors at home followed by the Cavaliers away the next night.

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle thinks the Nets schedule is the NBA's worst despite the relatively small number of back-to-backs.

The Nets are early in their rebuild and the schedule does them no favors. They are tied for the fewest games with two or three days of rest (13) and while they play just 14 back-to-backs, only four of those have the back end at the Barclays Center.

Some games of note:

Brook Lopez will face his twin brother Robin on Halloween when the Nets host the Bulls.

Allen Crabbe will be in Brooklyn on November 20, where he is expected to thank the Nets profusely for making him a very, very rich man,

Jason Kidd returns on December 1st.

Sean Marks and the rest of the Nets contingent of ex-Spurs will return to San Antonio on December 10th.

The Warriors will be in Brooklyn on December 22nd.

Joe Johnson returns to Brooklyn for first time January 2nd.

LeBron James and the world champs come to Brooklyn on January 6th.

Tyler Johnson will be in Brooklyn on January 25th to, also, thank the Nets.

Deron Williams will return to Brooklyn for the first time on March 19th. He missed last year's game at Barclays. We can probably mark the DNP now, huh?

The Nets will enjoy a long stay at home, around the All-Star break, in February. From February 8 through 15, they play five straight at home, then have nine days off at the break.  On return, they will go on an eight-game road trip --the dreaded circus trip-- through March 10.

You can see the full schedule here.