The NBA regular season schedule is out and the Brooklyn Nets will open the much anticipated 2019-20 season vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center on October 23. The first Nets vs. Knicks game (the have’s vs. the have not’s) will be next up, on October 25, also at Barclays.
In fact, four of the Nets first five games —and five of the first seven— will be at Barclays Center. (As the season closes, the Nets will play four of the last five —again five of the last seven— on the road.)
The full schedule can be found here.
One measure of how Brooklyn’s big off-season, with the acquisition of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, affected schedule makers: The Nets will be featured on national television 20 times this season, with six games on ESPN, six contests on TNT and eight games on NBA TV. The last time the Nets had more than one game on ESPN or TNT was 2014-15. The Nets had no national TV games the next three seasons before booking one last year.
Although the Nets missed out on getting a Christmas Day game for the sixth straight year, they will play the 76ers on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, the NBA’s other signature date. The Nets and Knicks, who also got left off the Christmas schedule, will play the next day, December 26, at Barclays Center.
Here’s the Nets Twitter-based schedule primer...
It's a brand new game in Brooklyn.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 12, 2019
The 2019-20 Nets schedule is here pic.twitter.com/4xfdIj11Ts
Let’s start with return and revenge games:
—D’Angelo Russell makes his return to Barclays Center on February 5 as the Warriors invade Barclays Center. The game will be televised on TNT;
—Kevin Durant may make his debut at Chase Center in San Francisco when the Nets visit the Warriors on March 12, almost nine months to the day after he underwent surgery for his ruptured Achilles;.
—Kyrie Irving makes his return to Boston Garden on November 27, the night before Thanksgiving. That game will also be televised, on ESPN.
In addition, Vince Carter is scheduled to make his final home appearance when the Hawks visit Brooklyn on January 10.
The Nets and Knicks will alternate venues for their four games, starting October 25 at Barclays. They play November 24 at the Garden, December 26 at Barclays, then end their four-game series on January 26 at MSG.
In general, the schedule seems more manageable than previous years.
The Nets will play two season-long four game homestands this season, with the first beginning Tuesday, January 7, versus Oklahoma City and ending Tuesday, January 14, vs. Utah, and the second spanning from Wednesday, March 18, versus Washington through Wednesday, March 25, versus the L.A. Clippers. The month of January will feature a season-high 10 home contests.
Brooklyn’s longest stint away from Barclays Center will come in November, when the Nets will embark on a nine-day, five-game road trip, beginning on Friday, November 8, at Portland and concluding on Saturday, November 16, at Chicago. That’s a big change from last season’s 17-day ordeal last March The Nets will play a season-high nine road games in the month of November.
The team’s schedule also includes 11 back-to-back sets, their lowest in years, part of a league-wide trend. Indeed, the Nets 11 back-to-backs are tied for the fewest in the league this season. The Nets also travel the eighth fewest miles among NBA teams.
This season, 18 of Brooklyn’s 41 home games will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Nets will also host five afternoon contests, including the 3 p.m. game versus Philadelphia 76ers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are available now for American Express® card members and can be purchased at brooklynnets.com and ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. at brooklynnets.com and ticketmaster.com. Ticket plans featuring premium and general seating to select weekend and weeknight games are also available. To view available plans, click here.
In addition to the Nets big return and revenge games, other NBA stars will be wearing new jerseys in old arenas...
November 14: Kristaps Porzingis’ returns to New York;
November 15: Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte;
November 15: Mike Conley’s return to Memphis;
November 23: Jimmy Butler’s return to Philadelphia;
December 12: Al Horford’s return to Boston.
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