Here’s the link. Some analysis once we’ve had the chance to really look it over. Looks like 17(!) of the games are on national television and another seven on NBAtv.
-Unless the find function isn’t working in Firefox, the Blazers only play the Lakers three times, and only once in L.A.
-Worst road trip by far is that four-gamer in December: Orlando, Miami, Dallas, San Antonio.
-Things are looking more balanced than last year on first glance.
-Just one ABC game (Lakers) but four of the ESPN games are on Sunday nights. There’s going to be plenty of time in the spotlight this year.
-If Houston gets much worse as everyone seems to think they will (as do I), the early schedule looks much more forgiving than that brutal stretch last season.
-15 of last 24 are on the road, with the Kings sprinkled in there twice making things easier. The stretch run will be helped/hurt by how much better the Clippers and especially Thunder (who we have twice on the end of back-to-backs) get.
-Quick count is 18 19 back-to-backs.
-Hosting Denver at home on Christmas Day.
ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan highlights some of Portland’s games:
Jan. 8: L.A. Lakers at Portland
If history holds, it’ll be raining in the Pacific Northwest and the Lakers will lose — they’ve dropped their past eight at the Rose Garden. For those fans with the means to go on a long NBA-related weekend sojourn, it should be noted that LeBron James will be in town two nights later.
Jan. 22: Portland at Philadelphia
Andre Miller returns to where his complaints about Tony DiLeo helped cost the former front office executive his head coaching job.
Feb. 4: San Antonio at Portland (TNT)
Looking into the crystal ball, we foresee a late night of television watching while the snow piles up outside and a snow day from school awaits the kids the following morning.
Feb. 9: Oklahoma City at Portland
Another fan choice night on NBA TV, and it could be a close race between this Kevin Durant-Greg Oden faceoff and the second Mark Cuban visit to Denver.
April 11: Orlando at Cleveland (ABC); Portland at L.A. Lakers (ABC)
It’ll be the final weekend of the season, and it seems likely there will be playoff positioning implications for all four teams.