Maximizing players’ comfort and limiting traveling demands were again part of the nbaThe league hinted at the formula for the upcoming regular season when it announced its 2023-24 schedule on Thursday.

Teams have an average of 14 instances of back-to-back games this season, up slightly from last year’s rate of 13.3 per team. But back-to-backs involving travel have dropped to an average of 9.0; Last season’s rate was 9.6 per team.

No team will play the day before or after high-profile nationally televised games such as the Christmas matchup and all ABC weekend matchups. No in-season tournament games will be held on the second night of back-to-back.

The teams have currently got a schedule of 80 matches for the upcoming season. The other two games will be based on how they perform in the new tournament starting on November 3.

ring night

denver will celebrate its championship and meet with Commissioner Adam Silver on Opening Night on October 24, when he will host it. Los Angeles Lakers The first of 1,230 games this regular season.

The opening-night doubleheader is the second game wonder But Golden StateMeaning chris paulThe former team will play their new team.

Assuming Paul appears in that game, it will be his 1,215th game of the regular season and 1,364th overall – and he’s never come off the bench. The last time Paul didn’t start a game was 13 December 2004, when he arrived a bit late for the team bus and sat on the bench for the first 4 minutes. wake up forestis playing against Temple,

Wembey’s debut

starting No. 1 overall pick Victor Vembanyama comes on the second night of the season, when St. Anthony is hosting Dallas On 25 October.

christmas day

Christmas in New York remains an NBA tradition.

knicks Will play for the 56th time on 25 December, and they will start the traditional Christmas quintupleheader by playing host. milwaukee bucks in the afternoon slot.

The Rest of Christmas Games: Golden State at Denver (2:30 p.m. Eastern), boston But Los Angeles Lakers (5 p.m. Eastern), Philadelphia But miami (8 p.m. Eastern) and Dallas in Phoenix (10:30 p.m. Eastern).

Lakers’ Lebron James Another chance to become the all-time Christmas winning leader among players; He has played 17 games and his teams have gone 10-7. The only other player with 10 wins on Christmas is Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, whose teams went 10-3 going into the holiday.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stakes his perfect record; He is 8–0 as head coach as of December 25. Only Jack Ramsay (11–3), Phil Jackson (11–7), Gene Shue (9–4) and Red Auerbach (9–6) have more Christmas wins. Spoelstra.

mlk day

The annual celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., has 11 games scheduled for Jan. 15 — including the traditional NBA games on that holiday. atlanta And Memphis,

San Antonio visits the Hawks that day, while Golden State visits the Grizzlies.

Other Sports: Houston in Philadelphia, new Orleans in dallas, Orlando in New York, Detroit But washington, chicago But Clevelandin miami Brooklynin boston toronto, Indiana But Utah And Oklahoma City at the Los Angeles Lakers.

rival week

NBA Rivalries Week returns from January 23 through January 27 with 11 nationally televised games on four networks.

Those matchups:

– January 23: New York, Brooklyn, LA Lakers LA Clippers (TNT)

– Jan. 24: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Phoenix at Dallas (ESPN)

– January 25: Boston in Miami, Sacramento in the Golden State (TNT)

– January 26: Dallas at Atlanta, portland In San Antonio (NBA TV)

– Jan. 27: Miami at New York, Philadelphia at Denver, LA Lakers at Golden State (ABC)

all-star break

There are no games between February 16 and February 21 due to the All-Star break. This season’s All-Star Game is in Indianapolis. There will be two games on February 15 and 12 games when play resumes on February 22.

leap year rematch

For the first time ever, there will be an NBA Finals rematch of last season on February 29 – moving from Miami to Denver to celebrate the leap year this season.

Other Leap-Year Sports: Milwaukee CharlotteUtah in Orlando, Atlanta in Brooklyn, Golden State in New York, Oklahoma City in San Antonio, Houston in Phoenix and the Lakers in Washington.

off days

For the second consecutive season, no NBA games would be played on Election Day. It falls on 7 November this year.

Some Sundays – December 3 and December 10 – are also expected to be a holiday, given the schedule of the new in-season tournaments.

Other holidays: November 23 for Thanksgiving, December 24 for Christmas Eve, April 8 for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship game, and April 13 – the next-to-last day of the regular season.

off market game

As previously announced, Atlanta will play Orlando (a Magic home game) in Mexico City on November 9, and Brooklyn will play Cleveland (a Cavaliers home game) in Paris on January 11.

San Antonio will again return to Austin, Texas for two home games this season, as it did last season. The Spurs will host Denver on March 15 and Brooklyn on March 17.

End

Not only will all 30 teams play on the final day of the season, April 14, at 1:00 PM or 3:30 PM Eastern, but this season, all 30 teams will play on April 12 as well.

The play-in tournament will begin on April 16 and the 2024 NBA Playoffs will begin on April 20.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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