Also early on the schedule, the world champion Warriors come to Brooklyn on October 28. Nets fans will have to until December 18 for LeBron James and the Lakers. Jeremy Lin returns to Barclays two days earlier. Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier, who signed with the Nets this summer, will return to Portland on March 25.
The Nets will be on NBA TV five times and ESPN once, on February 13 vs. the Cavaliers. It’s the first national TV game on ESPN or TNT in two years. It comes a week after the trade deadline.
The first month of the season will be particularly tough, with only seven of their first 17 games at Barclays Center and among those seven will be Golden State on October 28, the Rockets on November 2 and the 76ers on November 4.
Of Brooklyn’s 41 home games, 17 will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The team’s home schedule also features three afternoon contests, including a 3:30 p.m. game versus Sacramento on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.
The Nets’ longest homestand of the season spans four games, beginning Friday, November 23, versus Minnesota and ending Friday, November. 30, versus Memphis, while the month of December will feature a season-high nine home contests.
On a positive note, only four out of the Nets’ 17 games between November 23 and December 26 are away games and two of those are at the Garden and at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.
Brooklyn will play its longest stint away from Barclays Center during a seven-game road trip from Wednesday, March 13, at Oklahoma City through Thursday, March 28, at Philadelphia, with the month of March featuring a season-high nine road contests.
March and April could be a problem for the young Nets. After that seven-game road trip ends on March 28, the Nets will end the season with home games vs. six likely Eastern Conference playoff teams.
The team’s schedule also includes 14 back-to-back sets, one more than the league average.
After the home opener, the Nets will play the Knicks at MSG on October. 29 and December 8. Brooklyn host their second home game against the Knicks on January 25.
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