While there will be plenty of time between now and October 29 to dig in and focus on the most important stretches of the coming season, we thought it would be good to give a quick breakdown of schedule statistics and a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the coming season.
Games per month (home/away):
- October – 2 (1/1)
- November – 15 (7/8)
- December – 14 (9/5)
- January – 16 (9/7)
- February – 11 (3/8)
- March – 17 (8/9)
- April – 7 (4/3)
How about a day-of-the-week breakdown (home/away):
- Sunday – 8 (4/4)
- Monday – 13 (8/5)
- Tuesday – 8 (6/2)
- Wednesday – 17 (5/12)
- Thursday – 3 (2/1)
- Friday – 18 (9/9)
- Saturday – 15 (7/8)
Other interesting tidbits:
- Longest road trip – 3 different 4-game road trips throughout the season, two involving West Coast swings and the other seeing the Grizzlies go to the East Coast after a trip south to New Orleans.
- Longest home stand – A 5-game home stand beginning in mid-January featuring Portland, Dallas, Toronto, Philly, and Orlando.
- Number of back-to-backs – 20
- National TV appearances – 9 (1 on ESPN, 8 on NBATV)
Some of the “marquee” visitors to FedExForum (PSA: it is not okay to wear the other team’s jersey, even if you love Lebron):
- Cleveland Cavaliers - Wednesday, March 5
- Boston Celtics – Friday, November 21
- L.A. Lakers – Tuesday, November 11 and Friday, March 6
- L.A. Clippers – Sunday, November 23
- New York Knicks – Monday, January 5
- Brooklyn Nets – Tuesday, February 10
- Chicago Bulls – Friday, December 19
- Oklahoma City Thunder – Saturday, January 31 and Friday, April 3
- Miami Heat – Sunday, December 7
Here are some quick observations about the schedule:
- Once again, the NBA schedule makers have found ways to put the Grizzlies to the test with 20 back-to-backs and a grueling month of February that features only 3 home games.
- “Crunch time” of late March through April will also be challenging, with 12 of Memphis’s last 14 games coming against expected playoff teams.
- Strange schedule quirk: Grizzlies will have 3 4-game road trips, 1 5-game home stand, and 3 4-game home stands. Hopefully, these strings of streaks result in plenty of winning streaks.
- 21 of the 41 home games are on the weekend, which is a big asset for a small market team that needs as much help as possible to make sure ticket sales remain high.
- The Grizzlies will continue the tradition of hosting the NBA’s annual MLK game. This year the Dallas Mavericks
will visit FedExForum for a 5:00pm start on NBATV.
- As has been the case in recent years, the Grizzlies will finish the regular season in front of the home crowd against the Indiana Pacers on April 15.
- The Grizzlies have still not earned (apparently) a Christmas Day game. If the franchise’s upward trajectory continues, however, the NBA will not have a choice but to feature Memphis in coming years. (*fingers crossed*)
We don’t know about the rest of you, but we cannot wait for October 29, when we can all break out our towels and fill FedExForum against Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Let us hear from you! What games are you most excited for? What stretch makes you nervous? Comment below or get at us on Twitter!