Here it is: pick out you game dates accordingly. And here are some highlights:
1. The Sixers have three games in three days, twice. The first is relatively easy: January 9-11 vs. IND, vs. SAC, @NY. So there’s one two-hour train ride for a back-to-back-to-back, along with two home games. Not too bad. The second is borderline torture, however: @ORL, vs. IND, @CLE. While the teams aren’t overwhelming, the structure stinks – home-away-home is probably the worst way to have the three game structure.
2. The Sixers start AND end the season with 5 road games. Which means that a slow start and a limp to the end of the season, like last season, would put the Sixers in poor position. However, it also gives them a lot of home games to catch up. And a fast start, if they can manage it, puts them in a great position.
3. Every team plays the other conference in just one game, except for three teams. The three for the Sixers? Golden State, San Antonio, and Utah. The following teams will not visit Philly: Portland, Phoenix (sigh), New Orleans, Minnesota, Memphis, and Houston. The Sixers will not visit the following cities: LA (either team), Sacramento, Denver, Oklahoma City, and Dallas. In other words, the owners should be happy, given the biggest draw that won’t visit is Phoenix. Both LA teams, the rising Thunder, and the defending champs will visit town. A win for the team overall.
Also, Miami visits twice. That’ll line the pockets. They’ll really miss the Minnesota and Portland gates, though.
4. Remember how I mentioned all the road games? Well, a stretch of 13 home games in 15 overall games more than makes up for it.
So given all of this, the schedule could be a lot, lot worse. I daresay we got a decent deal out of it, especially for people that like attending good games.