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The NBA schedule is out, here are some highlights

Aug 13, 2014, 6:44 PM EST

It’s here. The NBA schedule is out.

There are 1,230 NBA regular season games each year total, we’re not going to list them all here. Like you’d read that anyway. Here are a few highlights to check out.

• The season starts Oct. 28 with a double-header on TNT. First Dallas goes to San Antonio and watches the Spurs raise banner No. 5. The second game is the Rockets at the Los Angeles Lakers, with the return of Kobe Bryant. It’s Dwight Howard back in Los Angeles and that’s still a draw (and a lot of boos in LA).

LeBron James wanted to go home and that’s where he starts — the Cavaliers will open the season Oct. 30 at home hosting the New York Knicks. The Cavs second game is the Bulls on Halloween night.

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks open the season with a brutal back-to-back, hosting the return of Derrick Rose to the NBA on the 29th then facing the Cleveland on the 30th. Welcome to coaching in the NBA Derek Fisher.

• Fun opening week game on TNT — Clippers host the Thunder on Thursday night Oct. 30. Also on Oct. 31 the Cavaliers and Bulls face off in what should be the first of four regular season games between the top two teams in the East.

• The Lakers and Clippers play each other for the first time on Oct. 31.

• There is a third game on Oct. 28 not getting nationally broadcast, but it’s the start of the season for Anthony Davis and a real potential playoff team in the Pelicans, opening up at home against the Magic. By the end of the season Davis could be the third best player  in the NBA.

• Christmas Day — the day most casual fans start watching the NBA — will feature five games. LeBron will make his return to Miami that day with a game between the Cavaliers and Heat, one of the ABC marquee games that day. The other ABC game features the Thunder at the Spurs. The day will open with the Wizards traveling to face the Knicks, it also will include Lakers at the Bulls, and it will close out with the Warriors going to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers.

• Both match ups between the defending champion Spurs and LeBron’s Cavaliers will be nationally televised: Nov. 19, on ESPN and March 12, on TNT.

• The battle between Manhattan and Brooklyn starts Nov. 7 when the Knicks travel to the Nets (and bring a lot of their fans with them).

Kevin Love will make his return to be booed in Minnesota on Jan. 31. But I sure it will be polite booing.

Andrew Wiggins reportedly will make his NBA debut Oct. 29 when the Timberwolves travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies.

• The NBA will play two regular season games overseas, both on Nov. 12 — the Rockets and Timberwolves in Mexico City, and the Knicks and Bucks (coached by Jason Kidd) in London.

• Martin Luther King Day will see four games: The Pistons at the Hawks, the Mavericks at the Grizzlies, he Bulls at the Cavaliers in a good one, and finally the Lakers at the Suns.

• The Nets and Raptors had a great playoff series last year, they face off in Toronto on Dec. 17.

• Want to watch LeBron put up a lot of points in Madison Square Garden? Dec. 4 the Cavs travel to the Knicks.

Pau Gasol, the new Chicago Bull, makes his return to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers Jan. 29.

• On March 31 we get a Finals rematch of last year with the Spurs in Miami. That lacks a little luster now.

• To close out, we have this observation from John Schuhmann of NBA.com.

  1. 88heatnation - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I’m really excited to see Bulls-Lakers while Rose and Bryant make their returns.

    • Nadeem - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Hopefully between the two of them, there are at least 2 good legs on the court.

  2. greej1938l - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    No Notable Bucks games….WHAT!!

    • elcaminobilly - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Bucks’ first visit to the Nets should be interesting!

  3. eagleseagleseagles - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    All I see is lebron lebron lebron.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      my-plan-is-working.jpg

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    @WindhorstESPN: Cavs, Bulls and Thunder will have most games on ABC, ESPN & TNT. Each scheduled for 25 appearances.

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Cavs, Bulls and Thunder will have most games on ABC, ESPN & TNT. Each scheduled for 25 appearances.

  6. phillysports1 - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    No Sixers ?

  7. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Your teams schedule here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2133738-nba-schedule-2014-15-league-releases-official-regular-season-slate

  8. seasickcecil - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Some odds: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2133271-nba-schedule-2014-15-team-by-team-record-predictions-and-playoff-odds

  9. 1509lucky - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    With an 82 Game Schedule,it’s really kind of hard to try and get excited about any specific regular season matchup

  10. saint1997 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Mavs spurs will be wild, 2 of the top 4 seeds in the west, potential 2nd round matchup

  11. lifegoesonmyfriend - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I like it when I’ve read Anthony Davis and a potential playoff team Pelicans.

  12. pistolpete0903 - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    And as has been the case, the Spurs are off the radar.
    Not that they would complain.

  13. blaxmyth - Aug 14, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Hey! What’s the deal? Where’s the game NBA promised South Africa? What? I can’t hear you?

    • elcaminobilly - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      That is going to be in the 2015-16 preseason.

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