(Philadelphia, PA)- The NBA released their 2010-11 regular season schedule today. For the Philadelphia 76ers, the powers that be were not so nice, giving the team one of the hardest roads to the playoffs in years.
The Sixers are looking to improve from their 27-55 record in 2009-10, in which they only won 12 games at home and went a terrible 15-26 on the road.
Not only do the Sixers have to begin their season against two returning playoff teams (Miami, Oct 27; Atlanta, Oct 29), they have 11 occasions in the 2010 portion of their schedule where they will play on back-to-back days.
The Sixers will have three extended road trips, two of them in the first half of the season. One trip consists of five games, the other, eight road games to end the year.
After they face Atlanta-Indiana and Washington-Indiana in back-to-back series in a time period of five days, they will prepare to hit the road on a five-game road trip that will see them head to New York, O.K City, Dallas, San Antonio, and Cleveland.
After they face the defending champion L.A. Lakers on Dec. 17th at the Wells Fargo Arena (formerly Wachovia Center), they then hit the road with visits to Orlando (18th), Chicago (21st), Boston (22nd), Denver (26th), Golden State (27th), Phoenix (29th), L.A. Lakers (31st), and New Orleans (Jan 3rd).
As you can see with all this action and back-to-back games, the beginning of the 2010-11 season is not looking good for the Sixers' chances.
The team only has four occasions in which they will play three or more games in a row at home and no home stands more then four games.
The Sixers will get their first look at former center Samuel Dalembert on March 18th as they visit the Sacramento Kings as game four of a five-game West Coast road trip. Dalembert will make his return to Philadelphia on March 27th in an afternoon game.
Overall, the Sixers have 22 instances in which they will play on back-to-back days and only have five nationally televised games on their schedule. They will host the Boston Celtics on December 9th in a game that will be featured on NBA on TNT and have four other games viewable in NBA TV.
Their final game of their eight-game road trip on January 3rd in New Orleans will be available on the premium NBA TV channel as well as the January 22nd game vs. Utah, the game on Monday, March 28th at Chicago, and the game on April 11th vs Orlando. The rest of their games will be available on either Comcast Sports Net (CSN) or The Comcast Network (TCN).
Oct: Miami, 27th
Nov: five-game road trip, 7th-16th. Games at NY Knicks, OKC, Dallas, SA Spurs, Cleveland.
Dec: L.A. Lakers, 17th. Eight-game road trip, 18th-Jan 3rd. Games at Orl, Chi, Bos, Den, G.S, Phx, L.A. Lak, N.O.
Jan: three-game home stand, 11th-17th. Games against Indiana, Mil. & Char.
Feb: three-game road trip, 12th-16th. Games at Minn., Mem., & Hou.
Mar: five-game road trip, 12th-19th. Games at Mil., Utah, L.A Clip., Sac., & Port.
Apr: four-game home stand, 6th-13th. Games against NY Knicks, Tor, Orl, Det.
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*All Times Eastern