These guys will both be playing in Portland's home opener on Halloween. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Blazers vs. Lakers Opening Day

The NBA has released the schedule for 2012-13. It will be the customary 82 games, and not the 66 we saw last season. Here’s the link to the NBA’s Blazer schedule page.

The Blazers’ first game of the season will be at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. The first two weeks of the season look brutal, but then again with the age of Portland’s roster and some of the more glaring rotation holes the whole season might turn out to be brutal.

I’ll have a post today or tomorrow breaking down some of the more important games of the season (SPOILER ALERT: Brandon Roy’s return), but for now here’s the official press release announcing the Blazers’ Halloween Night meeting with Steve Nash’s new team and other things about the upcoming season:

TRAIL BLAZERS HOST L.A. LAKERS HALLOWEEN NIGHT TO TIP-OFF 2012-13 SEASON

Portland’s 82-game schedule begins Oct. 31 at Rose Garden

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Trail Blazers tip-off their 43rd NBA season by hosting the rival Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Oct. 31, marking the fourth straight year the team has opened the season at the Rose Garden.

 

All 82 Trail Blazers games will be aired by national carriers or the Trail Blazers Broadcast Television Network. Portland’s complete broadcast schedule and preseason schedule will be available in the coming weeks.

 

The Trail Blazers have sold out 192 consecutive games, dating back to 2007.

 

Portland opens the season by playing 12 of its first 19 on the road, including a season-high, seven-game trip from Nov. 25-Dec. 5. The Trail Blazers close out the season playing eight of the final 12 games at the Rose Garden.

 

Among the top teams making the trip to the Rose City in 2012-13: the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Jan. 10; Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 31 and April 10; the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 13 and April 12; and the Boston Celtics on Feb. 24.

 

Portland will take on 10 of 14 Western Conference opponents twice at home and twice on the road, while playing Golden State, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Antonio only three times apiece. Of those matchups, the Trail Blazers host Phoenix and San Antonio twice, and Golden State and New Orleans once. The club will face each Eastern Conference team twice.

 

The Trail Blazers close out the 2012-13 NBA regular season at home on Wednesday, April 17, vs. Golden State.

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