The 2019-20 NBA schedule is officially here. Which means it’s time to look at the 82 games that the Golden State Warriors will play. Ready? Here we go!
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Okay, let’s analyze it.
Nationally televised games: 30, which is actually more than they had last year. The Warriors will have 13 games on ESPN, 12 on TNT, and five on ABC/Watch ESPN.
Back-to-backs: 10, down from 13 last year, and 14 the year before.
7:30 p.m. start times: 11, down from 18 a year ago.
Opening night/home opener: October 24 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers (7:30 p.m., TNT)
Christmas day: December 25 vs. the Houston Rockets (2:00 p.m., ABC)
MLK day: January 20 at the Portland Trail Blazers (7:30 p.m., TNT)
Season ender: April 15 at the Sacramento Kings (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Bay Area).
The Warriors will be welcoming back a lot of old friends this year. Here’s when they’ll come to town.
Jordan Bell - Minnesota Timberwolves: December 23, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Quinn Cook and DeMarcus Cousins - Los Angeles Lakers: February 8, 5:30 p.m. (ABC)
Kevin Durant- Brooklyn Nets: March 12, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Willie Green - Phoenix Suns: October 30, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Damian Jones - Atlanta Hawks: March 25, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Andre Iguodala - Memphis Grizzlies: December 9, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Bay Area)
Of course, things could change. Those players - especially Iguodala - could be on the move at some point, and Shaun Livingston could be added to the list if he signs somewhere.
Longest road trip
The Warriors have a pair of five-game road trips.
From November 29 until December 6, they’ll visit the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and Chicago Bulls. On the one hand, that’s an easy trip in terms of quality of opponent. On the other hand, the Magic and Hawks games are a back-to-back, and the Warriors don’t get consecutive off days at any point during that trip.
From March 14 until March 21, Golden State will visit the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks, with the final two games of the trip being a back-to-back.
Longest home stand
The Warriors will be home for the holidays, with a five-game home stand. From December 20 until December 28, the Dubs will host the New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks.
Weirdest scheduling quirk
This one is weird. The Warriors play every other day, on the dot, for the entire month of January, including the bookends. They have games on December 31, January 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, and February 1.
Update: I can’t read, and they actually have the 26th off.
So, what game or stretch of games are you most looking forward to?