Sixers News: 2015-2016 Schedule Released


Though the arrival of the slate of games for the 2015-2016 NBA season probably doesn’t build the same level of excitement for Sixers fans as it does for others, it is nevertheless interesting to see how things shake out with the official release. Wednesday evening, the league revealed the entire schedule for each of its 30 teams for the upcoming season. The details as far as the Sixers were concerned starting trickling out well before the 5:30 PM unveiling.

Keith Pompey of the Philadephia Inquirer was first on the reported opponents for the Sixers.

It should come as no surprise that the Sixers did not land any national or holiday games, given their performance over the last two seasons. It will be entertaining to see them face off with the Lakers on New Years Day. Especially if both Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell are progressing well in their respective rookie seasons, that showdown could provide one of the larger scales that the Sixers play on all season.

Here’s the official press release about the 2015-2016 Sixers season:

"The Philadelphia 76ers today announced their schedule for the 2015-16 regular season, which opens on the road against long-time rival Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.Following the game against the Celtics, the Sixers home opener is vs. Utah on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.  The Sixers final home game is against Milwaukee on Sunday, Apr. 10 at 5 p.m. and the regular season finale is at Chicago on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at 8 p.m.Here are some highlights from the Sixers 2015-16 home schedule:Monday, Nov. 2 vs. Cleveland at 7 p.m.: LeBron James and the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers make the first of two trips to Philly with the second coming on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.Monday, Nov. 9 vs. Chicago at 7 p.m.: Derrick Rose looks to regain his MVP form alongside All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol in this early season matchupTuesday, Dec. 1 vs. L.A. Lakers at 7 p.m.: Outside of the Pope, local legend Kobe Bryant, who last played at the Sixers home arena in December of 2012, may be Philly’s most anticipated guestFriday, Dec. 18 vs. New York at 7 p.m.: Phil Jackson’s new look Knicks added rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerami Grant’s brother, Jerian, to complement eight-time All-Star Carmelo AnthonyMonday, Jan. 4 vs. Minnesota at 7 p.m.: Jahlil Okafor welcomes fellow rookie big man and the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Karl Anthony Towns, to town.Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Golden State at 5 p.m.: The reigning NBA Champion Warriors and MVP Steph Curry make their only appearance in their franchise’s former home cityMonday, Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Clippers at 7 p.m.: The Lob City duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin make their annual trip to Philly alongside new teammate Paul PierceWednesday, Mar. 9 vs. Houston at 7 p.m.: The Sixers young frontcourt of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor locks horns with three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight HowardFriday, Mar. 18 vs. Oklahoma City at 7 p.m.: Former MVP Kevin Durant looks to bounce back after missing most of last season due to injury in the Thunder’s only trip to PhillySunday, Apr. 10 vs. Milwaukee at 5 p.m.: Michael Carter-Williams returns to town with the up-and-coming Bucks to face the Sixers in their final home game of the regular season.The Sixers will play seven of their first 12 games at home before spending 18 of their next 24 on the road from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2.  That stretch includes two season-long six game road trips from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29 and from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.Following back-to-back road games in Los Angeles against the Lakers and Clippers to open the New Year, the Sixers will play 13 of their next 17 at home heading into All-Star break, including a season-high six-game homestand from Jan. 4 through Jan. 16.On the heels of an eight-day layoff for All-Star break, the Sixers will play five of their next seven on the road to close out February before playing eight of their first 10 games in March at home.After wrapping up a four-game road trip from Mar. 21 through Mar. 27, the Sixers will play five of their final eight games at home.The Sixers have 19 sets of back-to-back games this season, down from 21 in 2014-15.  Three of the sets this season are back-to-back home games.Over the course of the season, the Sixers will face each NBA team at least once at home and once on the road, including Eastern Conference opponents twice both home and away except for the following: Atlanta (2 home, 1 road), Indiana (2 home, 1 road), Miami (1 home, 2 road) and Milwaukee (1 home, 2 road)."

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