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A CliffsNotes guide to every NBA team's schedule

Key games, national TV appearances, back-to-backs and more.

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The 2015-16 NBA schedule has now been fully unveiled. The regular season will begin with the Cavaliers at the Bulls at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and go until the Jazz and Lakers play on April 13 at 10:30 p.m. In between, 1,228 NBA games will be played, many of which will be televised on national channels.

The schedules themselves are fairly balanced. Every team plays 82 games, 41 of which are at home and 41 on the road. Every team has difficult back-to-backs, long road trips and extended homestands. Every team has marquee games. Now, we know exactly what those are.

Below, we'll summarize the key points in every team's schedule. For more coverage of the 2015-16 NBA schedule unveiling, be sure to click this link.

Atlanta Hawks

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 vs. Detroit Pistons
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 8
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 3-7, Nov. 24-28
  • Longest homestand: 5 games (Feb. 19-28 vs. Heat, Bucks, Warriors, Bulls, Hornets)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games (March 1-10 vs. Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Raptors)
  • Game to circle: April 1 vs. Cavaliers (ESPN). Cleveland won't be traveling to Atlanta until then, so Hawks fans angry their team blew the first two games of the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals at home won't see Cleveland before this date. That's plenty of time for feelings to linger, though.

Boston Celtics

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 7
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Jan. 12-16.
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from Feb. 25-March 4 (Bucks, Heat, Jazz, Trail Blazers, Knicks)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Nov. 29-Dec. 7 (Magic, Heat, Kings, Spurs, Pelicans) and March 26-April 3 (Suns, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Lakers)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 15 vs. Cavaliers. Kevin Love returns to Boston for the first (and only) time since Kelly Olynyk nearly ripped his shoulder out of his socket.

Brooklyn Nets

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Chicago Bulls
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 1
  • Back to backs: 15
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? March 28-April 1
  • Longest homestand: Six games from Dec. 6-16 (Warriors, Rockets, 76ers, Clippers, Magic, Heat)
  • Longest road trip: Nine (!) games from Feb. 23 to March 11 (Trail Blazers, Suns, Jazz, Clippers, Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Raptors, 76ers)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 4 at Knicks (ESPN). The Battle of New York! It's the Nets' only national TV game!

Charlotte Hornets

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Miami Heat
  • Home opener: Nov. 1 vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • National TV games: 1
  • Back to backs: 16
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: Seven games from Nov. 18-Dec. 2 (Nets, 76ers, Kings, Wizards, Cavaliers, Bucks, Warriors) and March 4-16 (Pacers, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Pistons, Rockets, Mavericks, Magic)
  • Longest road trip: Six games from Feb. 10-28 (Pacers, Bucks, Nets, Cavaliers, Pacers, Hawks)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 30 vs. LA Clippers. Lance Stephenson's return!

Chicago Bulls

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 23
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Jan. 11-15
  • Longest homestand: Five games from Dec. 10-18 (Clippers, Pelicans, 76ers, Grizzlies, Pistons)
  • Longest road trip: Seven games from Jan. 28-Feb. 8 (Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Kings, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Hornets)
  • Game to circle: Oct. 27 vs. Cavaliers (TNT). Time for revenge for that second-round defeat.

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 at Chicago Bulls
  • Home opener: Oct. 30 vs. Miami Heat
  • National TV games: 25
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Dec. 25-29
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from Feb. 5-18 (Celtics, Pelicans, Kings, Lakers, Bulls)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Jan. 6-15 (Wizards, Timberwolves, 76ers, Mavericks, Spurs, Rockets)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 25 at Warriors (ABC). The first Finals rematch.

Dallas Mavericks

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Phoenix Suns
  • Home opener: Nov. 3 vs. Toronto Raptors
  • National TV games: 7
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 10-14
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Feb. 21-March 3 (76ers, Thunder, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Magic, Kings)
  • Toughest stretch: 4 games from March 23-28 (Trail Blazers, Warriors, Kings, Nuggets)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 11 vs. LA Clippers (ESPN). DeAndre Jordan's first game in Dallas.

Denver Nuggets

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Houston Rockets
  • Home opener: Oct. 30 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • National TV games: 0
  • Back to backs: 16
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 26-30, March 27-31.
  • Longest homestand: 8 games from Jan. 10-25 (Hornets, Warriors, Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Grizzlies, Pistons, Hawks)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Nov. 28-Dec. 5 (Mavericks, Bucks, Bulls, Raptors, 76ers) and March 14-21 (Heat, Magic, Hawks, Hornets, Cavaliers)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 13 vs. Rockets. Barring any further personal troubles, this will be Ty Lawson's return to Denver.

Detroit Pistons

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 at Atlanta Hawks
  • Home opener: Oct. 28 vs. Utah Jazz
  • National TV games: Zero
  • Back to backs: 20
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: Nine games from March 16-29 (Hawks, Kings, Nets, Bucks, Magic, Hornets, Hawks, Thunder, Mavericks)
  • Longest road trip: Six games from Nov. 6-15 (Suns, Trail Blazers, Warriors, Kings, Clippers, Lakers)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 27 at Oklahoma City. Will Reggie Jackson overdo it in his first game back with the Thunder?

Golden State Warriors

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 25
  • Back to backs: 20
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from March 7-16 (Magic, Jazz, Trail Blazers, Suns, Pelicans, Knicks)
  • Longest road trip: 7 games from Nov. 30-Dec. 12 (Jazz, Hornets, Raptors, Nets, Pacers, Celtics, Bucks) and Feb. 10-27 (Suns, Trail Blazers, Clippers, Hawks, Heat, Magic, Thunder)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 4 vs. LA Clippers (ESPN). A blowout over L.A. last November propelled Golden State's dream season. What happens when their rivalry renews early in the season this time around?

Houston Rockets

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Denver Nuggets
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 19
  • Back to backs: 20
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 3 games, four separate times
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Feb. 9-25 (Warriors, Trail Blazers, Suns, Jazz, Trail Blazers) and March 5-12 (Bulls, Raptors, 76ers, Celtics, Hornets)
  • Game to circle: Oct. 30 vs. Warriors (ESPN). The Western Conference Finals rematch will happen early.

Indiana Pacers

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Toronto Raptors
  • Home opener: Oct. 29 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
  • National TV games: 7
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from March 15-24 (Celtics, Raptors, Thunder, 76ers, Pelicans)
  • Longest road trip: 4 games, four separate times
  • Game to circle: Nov. 6 vs. Heat (ESPN). The rivalry between these two teams has probably tailed off, but there's still some remaining players from their three playoff wars from 2012-14.

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Sacramento Kings
  • Home opener: Oct. 29 vs. Dallas Mavericks
  • National TV games: 24
  • Back to backs: 20
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? March 27-31
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Nov. 25-Dec. 5 (Jazz, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers, Pacers, Magic)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games, four separate times
  • Game to circle: Dec. 18 at Spurs (ESPN). There are lots of choices for this slot, but we'll go with L.A.'s first game against the likely West favorite.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 19
  • Back to backs: 18
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 30-Dec. 2
  • Longest homestand: 8 games from March 4-22 (Hawks, Warriors, Magic, Cavaliers, Lakers, Kings, Suns, Grizzlies)
  • Longest road trip: 8 games from Dec. 1-12 (76ers, Wizards, Hawks, Pistons, Raptors, Timberwolves, Spurs, Rockets)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 25 vs. LA Clippers (ESPN). Because regaining LA on Christmas is the most reasonable goal the Lakers will have this year.

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 10
  • Back to backs: 18
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Jan. 8-18 (Nuggets, Celtics, Rockets, Pistons, Knicks, Pelicans)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Nov. 2-9 (Warriors, Kings, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Clippers)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 11 vs. Warriors. The two teams will play nine days earlier, but this is Golden State's first visit to the Grindhouse since Game 6 of last year's playoff series.

Miami Heat

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Charlotte Hornets
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 11
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Dec. 25-29
  • Longest homestand: 7 games from Nov. 8-23 (Raptors, Lakers, Jazz, Timberwolves, Kings, 76ers, Knicks)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Jan. 8-17 (Suns, Jazz, Warriors, Clippers, Nuggets, Thunder)
  • Game to circle: Dec. 5 vs. Cavaliers (NBATV). LeBron James returning to Miami still matters.

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. New York Knicks
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 4
  • Back to backs: 20
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Jan. 12-16
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from Feb. 27-March 6 (Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Timberwolves, Thunder) and March 26-April 5 (Hornets, Suns, Magic, Bulls, Cavaliers)
  • Toughest stretch: 4 games, three different times
  • Game to circle: Jan. 12 vs. Bulls. This'll be Chicago's first visit to Milwaukee since their chippy six-game first-round series. Will Mike Dunleavy elbow someone again?

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Los Angeles Lakers
  • Home opener: Nov. 2 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
  • National TV games: 5
  • Back to backs: 14
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 9-13, March 4-8
  • Longest homestand: 4 games from Dec. 1-9 (Magic, Trail Blazers, Clippers, Lakers) and Jan. 6-12 (Nuggets, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Thunder)
  • Longest road trip: 4 games from Jan. 29-Feb. 3 (Jazz, Trail Blazers, Lakers, Clippers) and March 11-18 (Thunder, Suns, Grizzlies, Rockets)
  • Game to circle: Oct. 28 at LA Lakers. This is the first time in nearly 50 years that the top two draft picks will play against each other in their season opener.

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Season opener: Oct. 27 at Golden State Warriors
  • Home opener: Oct. 31 vs. Golden State Warriors
  • National TV games: 13
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? April 5-9
  • Longest homestand: 7 games from Jan. 19-Feb. 1 (Timberwolves, Pistons, Bucks, Rockets, Kings, Nets, Grizzlies)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Dec. 12-20 (Bulls, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Suns, Nuggets) and March 9-16 (Hornets, Grizzlies, Bucks, Warriors, Kings)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 18 at Thunder (ESPN). The top two candidates for the No. 8 seed were never fully healthy last year. They should be this time.

New York Knicks

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Milwaukee Bucks
  • Home opener: Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • National TV games: 7
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 4 games from Nov. 27-Dec. 4 (Heat, Rockets, 76ers, Nets)
  • Longest road trip: March 8-19 (Nuggets, Suns, Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, Wizards)
  • Game to circle: Jan. 31 vs. Warriors. Stephen Curry at Madison Square Garden has been fun to watch in the past.

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. San Antonio Spurs
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 24
  • Back to backs: 16
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 1-5
  • Longest homestand: 4 games from Dec. 25-31 (Bulls, Nuggets, Bucks, Suns).
  • Longest road trip: 4 games, three separate times.
  • Game to circle: Nov. 28 vs. Spurs. What a chance to get the year off to a good start after they struggled so much in November last year.

Orlando Magic

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Washington Wizards
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 1
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 3-7
  • Longest homestand: 4 games from Dec. 23-30 (Rockets, Heat, Pelicans, Nets)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from Dec. 1-9 (Timberwolves, Jazz, Clippers, Nuggets, Suns)
  • Game to circle: Oct. 30 vs. Thunder. Orlando's second home game of the season brings a big-time opponent to town.

Philadephia 76ers

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Boston Celtics
  • Home opener: Oct. 30 vs. Utah Jazz
  • National TV games: Zero
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Dec. 10-14, March 17-21
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Jan. 4-Jan. 16 (Timberwolves, Hawks, Raptors, Cavaliers, Bulls, Trail Blazers)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Nov. 20-29 (Hornets, Heat, Timberwolves, Celtics, Rockets, Grizzlies) and Dec. 23-Jan. 2 (Bucks, Suns, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Clippers)
  • Game to circle: March 26 at Trail Blazers. Both teams should be terrible. It's late in the year. You do the math.

Phoenix Suns

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Dallas Mavericks
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 5
  • Back to backs: 14
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Dec. 30-Jan. 3
  • Longest homestand: 7 games from Feb. 2-21 (Raptors, Rockets, Jazz, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, Spurs)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Nov. 29-Dec. 7 (Raptors, Nets, Pistons, Wizards, Grizzlies, Bulls)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 27 vs. Warriors. It was around this time last year that the Suns defeated Golden State. Will it happen again?

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 5
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Feb. 27-March 2, April 2-6
  • Longest homestand: 7 games from Jan. 20-Feb. 4 (Hawks, Lakers, Kings, Hornets, Timberwolves, Bucks, Raptors)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Feb. 27-March 6 (Bulls, Pacers, Knicks, Celtics, Raptors, Pistons)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 11 vs. Spurs (ESPN). It won't take long for LaMarcus Aldridge to return to Portland.

Sacramento Kings

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Los Angeles Clippers
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 4
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 3-7
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Nov. 6-15 (Rockets, Warriors, Spurs, Pistons, Nets, Raptors)
  • Longest road trip: Nov. 18-25 (Hawks, Heat, Magic, Hornets, Bucks)
  • Game to circle: April 9 vs. Thunder. This'll be the last game in the old Sleep Train Arena. The Kings are moving to a new arena next season.

San Antonio Spurs

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Home opener: Oct. 30 vs. Brooklyn Nets
  • National TV games: 21
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? No
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from March 10-19 (Bulls, Thunder, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Warriors)
  • Longest road trip: 8 games from Feb. 9-27 (Heat, Magic, Clippers, Lakers, Suns, Kings, Jazz, Rockets)
  • Game to circle: Jan. 25 at Warriors (NBATV). The first game between the two West favorites isn't for a while and isn't even really on national TV, but it's one we all must watch.

Toronto Raptors

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 vs. Indiana Pacers
  • Home opener: Same
  • National TV games: 2
  • Back to backs: 17
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? March 14-18.
  • Longest homestand: 7 games from Jan. 18-30 (Nets, Celtics, Heat, Clippers, Wizards, Knicks, Pistons) and March 2-14 (Jazz, Trail Blazers, Rockets, Nets, Hawks, Heat, Bulls)
  • Longest road trip: 6 games from Feb. 1-19 (Nuggets, Suns, Trail Blazers, Pistons, Timberwolves, Bulls)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 28 at Wizards. Toronto is looking for revenge for last year's playoff sweep.

Utah Jazz

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Detroit Pistons
  • Home opener: Nov. 4 at Portland Trail Blazers
  • National TV games: 3
  • Back to backs: 18
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Jan. 6-10
  • Longest homestand: 6 games from Jan. 26-Feb. 5 (Pistons, Hornets, Timberwolves, Bulls, Nuggets, Bucks)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from March 19-26 (Bulls, Bucks, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 23 vs. Thunder. This is an early test to see if the Jazz's late-season run from last year carries over.

Washington Wizards

  • Season opener: Oct. 28 at Orlando Magic
  • Home opener: Oct. 31 vs. New York Knicks
  • National TV games: 5
  • Back to backs: 19
  • Any 4-game-in-5-night stretches? Nov. 24-28
  • Longest homestand: 5 games from Jan. 16-25 (Celtics, Trail Blazers, Heat, Jazz, Celtics)
  • Longest road trip: 5 games from March 27-April 3 (LA Lakers, Golden State, Sacramento, Phoenix, LA Clippers)
  • Game to circle: Nov. 10 vs. Oklahoma City (NBATV). Could this be the last time Kevin Durant plays in D.C. in a visiting uniform?