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The Nets will open the 2017-18 season on October 18 in Indiana vs. the Pacers, then come home two days later to face the Magic on Opening Night at Barclays.

But the big game —”not just another game,” as D’Angelo Russell put it— comes two weeks later on November 3 when the Nets and their new star open a five-game Ewst Coast trip in L.A. vs. the Lakers. That’s one of two big games on the schedule unveiled Monday. The other is Brook Lopez’s return to Brooklyn. Fans will have to wait until February 2 for that reunion.

In other big games, DeMarre Carroll, who criticized the Raptors ISO culture after being traded, returns to Toronto on December 15, and Allen Crabbe returns to Portland on November 10 ... the same trip as D-Loading returns to L.A.

The Nets early schedule is somewhat kind, with games vs. Indiana (away), Orlando (home and away), Cleveland (home), Phoenix (home and away), Denver (home), Atlanta (home), the Lakers (away) and the Knicks (away) in the first 10 games.

Here are some other highlights...

—Nets vs. Knicks series starts on October 27 (MSG), followed by games on December 14 (Barclays), January 15 (Barclays) and January 30 (MSG);

—NBA champs Golden State Warriors visit Brooklyn on Nov. 19;

—Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James (but maybe not Kyrie Irving) play their first game at Barclays Center on October 25, then again on March 25.

—The Nets will play only two nationally televised games, both on NBA TV;

— Eighteen of the Nets’ 39 games at Barclays Center will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

— No Circus, No long road trips. Nets longest road trip is five games. There are four of them;

—The Nets will play only 15 back-to-backs;

—For the first time, the NBA has eliminated ALL stretches of four games in five nights for every team. There were 70 sets as late as ’14-’15.

—Regular season ends April 11 vs. the Celtics in Boston;

—Before heading to Mexico City, the Nets play the Hawks in Atlanta on December 4, then fly south of the border for their games vs. the Thunder and Heat on December 7 and 9. From Mexico City it’s back to Brooklyn. The five day trip amounts to nearly 5,000 miles.

More details as they become available.