The Brooklyn Nets, along with the rest of the NBA's teams, released their 2014-15 season schedule Wednesday. The Nets will be tested over the first 15 games of the new campaign, as they will play seven of those games against 2013-14 playoff teams (Miami, San Antonio, Golden State, Portland, Chicago, and Oklahoma City twice).
Games that Nets fans may want to circle on their calendars include:
-Wednesday, October 29- Opening Night at Boston
-Monday, November 3- Home opener against Oklahoma City
-Wednesday, November 19- Jason Kidd returns to Brooklyn for the first time as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks
-Monday, December 8- LeBron James, Kevin Love (potentially), and Kyrie Irving make their first of two visits to the borough with Cleveland
-Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17- The Nets play a home-and-home against the Washington Wizards, who not only feature talented young guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, but former Net Paul Pierce. The second game of the home-and-home will be in Brooklyn.
-During the month of February, the Nets will play only two (yes, two) home games. The team plays the Clippers on the second, the Knicks on the sixth, then no more home games until March 2 against the Warriors. This weird bit of scheduling is the result of an eight-game road trip being broken up by the All-Star break (All-Star Weekend, by the way, is being held in New York City this season, with events such as the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk and 3-point contests taking place at the Barclays Center. The All-Star Game itself will be played at Madison Square Garden).
-As usual, the Nets and Knicks will play four games against each other (November 7 at Barclays, December 2 at MSG, February 6 at Barclays and April 1 at MSG).
Here is a breakdown of how the Nets fared against each division last season. Oddly enough, the division Brooklyn had the most success with last season was the Southwest, a division which includes San Antonio, Houston, Memphis, Dallas, and New Orleans (the Nets played to a 7-3 record against those teams). The Nets struggled against the Eastern Conference's Central Division, playing to a 7-11 record against those teams (2-2 vs. Cleveland, 0-4 vs. Indiana, 1-2 vs. Chicago, 1-3 vs. Detroit, and 3-0 vs. Milwaukee).
A full TV schedule has not yet been released, but the Nets will be playing at least eleven nationally televised games between TNT, ESPN, and NBATV.
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