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From Oct. 31 to April 18, the 30 NBA teams will play 1230 games in 169 days. (Well, actually, it's 165 dates as the schedule bears no games on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, the Friday before All-Star and the Monday after.)

How do we squeeze a team's 82 games into 165 dates? There's nothing like it in sports. Football players never play more than two times a week. Baseball has games nearly every day, but even we could stand out in the sun all day and then run the base paths four times a game, seven days a week.

It's different in the NBA. We go 94 feet for 48 minutes, broken into 24-second segments, every other day. When we crown a champion in late June, it not only symbolizes that team's considerable hoops skills, but it's also a testament to that team's physical and mental toughness.

To illustrate our players' toughness, we've looked at each team's longest homestand and longest road trip. We've also taken a look at where it all beings: Opening Night. Check out when and where your team opens the season. Who knows? It could be your team's first step to hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June.

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Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki and the Mavs will raise their Western Conference banner on Nov. 2.
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Season and Home Openers

Season and Home opener: Nov. 2 vs. San Antonio, 8 ET

Season Opener Stats

Opening game record: 16-10
Streak: Won 2
Record in last 25: 15-10
Last win: DAL 111 vs. PHO 108 @ PHO (2OT) (11/01/05)
Last loss: DAL 93 vs. LAL 109 @ LAL (10/28/03)

Longest Trip, Homestand

Longest road trip(s):

6 games in 10 days: Beginning Sunday, Mar.18, 2007; Ending Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2007
@ Detroit (Mar. 18); @ New York (Mar. 21); @ Cleveland (Mar. 21); @ Boston (Mar. 23); @ Atlanta (Mar. 25); @ NO/OKC (Mar. 27)

Longest home stand(s):

4 games in 7 days: Beginning Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006; Ending Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
NO/OKC (Nov. 25); Minnesota (Nov. 27); Toronto (Nov. 29); Sacramento (Dec. 1)

4 games in 9 days: Beginning Friday, Dec. 22, 2006; Ending Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006
L.A. Clippers (Dec. 22); Charlotte (Dec. 26); Phoenix (Dec. 28); NO/OKC (Dec. 30)


Houston Rockets

Yao and the Rockets play eight of nine on the road during a stretch in December.
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Season and Home Openers

Season opener: Nov. 1 at Utah, 9 ET
Home opener: Nov. 4 vs. Dallas, 8:30 ET

Season Opener Stats

Opening game record: 20-19
Streak: Won 1
Record in last 25: 15-10
Last win: HOU 98 vs. SAC 89 @ HOU (11/02/05)
Last loss: HOU 79 vs. DET 87 @ DET (11/02/04)

Longest Trip, Homestand

Longest road trip(s):

5 games in 9 days: Beginning Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006; Ending Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
@ Golden State (Dec. 14); @ L.A. Lakers (Dec. 15); @ L.A. Clippers (Dec. 17); @ Portland (Dec. 20); @ San Antonio (Dec. 22)

Longest home stand(s):

5 games in 11 days: Beginning Friday, Jan. 26, 2007; Ending Monday, Feb. 5, 2007
Portland (Jan. 26); Philadelphia (Jan. 29); Seattle (Jan. 31); NO/OKC (Feb. 3); Minnesota (Feb. 5)


Memphis Grizzlies

Pau Gasol's Grizzlies will spend much of November on the road.
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Season and Home Openers

Season and Home opener: Nov. 1 vs. New York, 8 ET

Season Opener Stats

Opening game record: 2-9
Streak: Lost 5
Record in last 25: 2-9
Last win: VAN 94 vs. SEA 88 @ VAN (10/31/00)
Last loss: MEM 78 vs. MIA 97 @ MEM (11/02/05)

Longest Trip, Homestand

Longest road trip(s):

6 games in 9 days: Beginning Saturday, Mar. 24, 2007; Ending Sunday, Apr. 1, 2007
@ Utah (Mar. 24); @ Phoenix (Mar. 26); @ L.A. Lakers (Mar. 27); @ Portland (Mar. 29); @ Seattle (Mar. 30); @ Golden State (Apr. 1)

Longest home stand(s):

5 games in 10 days: Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007; Ending Friday, Jan. 12, 2007
Golden State (Jan. 3); Boston (Jan. 5); San Antonio (Jan. 7); L.A. Lakers (Jan. 9); Minnesota (Jan. 12)

5 games in 11 days: Beginning Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007; Ending Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007
Portland (Jan. 27); Sacramento (Jan. 29); Dallas (Jan. 31); Indiana (Feb. 3); Houston (Feb. 6)

5 games in 11 days: Beginning Monday, Mar. 12, 2007; Ending Thursday, Mar. 22, 2007
New Jersey (Mar. 12); Cleveland (Mar. 14); Chicago (Mar. 17); NO/OKC (Mar. 20); L.A. Lakers (Mar. 22)


New Orleans/Okla. City Hornets

Chris Paul and the Hornets will play six of their 41 home games in New Orleans.
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Season and Home Openers

Season opener: Nov. 1 at Boston, 7:30 ET
Home opener: Nov. 5 vs. Houston, 7 ET

Season Opener Stats

Opening game record: 8-10
Streak: Won 1
Record in last 25: 8-10
Last win: NOK 93 vs. SAC 67 @ NOK (11/01/05)
Last loss: NO 91 vs. DAL 106 @ NO (11/03/04)

Longest Trip, Homestand

Longest road trip(s):

3 games in 4 days: Beginning Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006; Ending Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006
@ Golden State (Nov. 9); @ Portland (Nov. 10); @ L.A. Clippers (Nov. 12)

3 games in 4 days: Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006; Ending Saturday, Dec. 6, 2006
@ L.A. Lakers (Dec. 6); @ Seattle (Dec. 8); @ Golden State (Dec. 9)

3 games in 5 days: Beginning Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007; Ending Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007
@ Houston (Feb. 3); @ Sacramento (Feb. 5); @ Denver (Feb. 7)

3 games in 5 days: Beginning Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2007; Ending Saturday, Mar. 10, 2007
@ Denver (Mar. 6); @ Phoenix (Mar. 9); @ Utah (Mar. 10)

3 games in 5 days: Beginning Saturday, Apr. 14, 2007; Ending Wed., Apr. 18, 2007
@ Houston (Apr. 14); @ Sacramento (Apr. 16); @ L.A. Clippers (Apr. 18)

Longest home stand(s):

5 games in 8 days: Beginning Friday, Jan. 26, 2007; Ending Friday, Feb. 2, 2007
Sacramento (Jan. 26); Utah (Jan. 27); Portland (Jan. 29); Philadelphia (Jan. 31); Minnesota (Feb. 2)


San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan's Spurs begin the annual rodeo trip in late January.
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Season and Home Openers

Season opener: Nov. 2 at Dallas, 8 ET
Home opener: Nov. 3 vs. Cleveland, 8 ET

Season Opener Stats

Opening game record: 23-16
Streak: Won 9
Record in last 25: 17-8
Last win: SA 102 vs. DEN 91 @ SA (11/01/05)
Last loss: SA 78 vs. MIN 82 @ MIN (11/01/96)

Longest Trip, Homestand

Longest road trip(s):

8 games in 18 days: Beginning Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007; Ending Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007
@ L.A. Lakers (Jan. 28); @ Utah (Jan. 31); @ Phoenix (Feb. 1); @ Washington (Feb. 7); @ Orlando (Feb. 9); @ Miami (Feb. 11); @ New Jersey (Feb. 13); @ Detroit (Feb. 14)

Longest home stand(s):

5 games in 9 days: Beginning Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2007; Ending Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2007
Seattle (Apr. 3); Phoenix (Apr. 5); Golden State (Apr. 7); Portland (Apr. 9); Sacramento (Apr. 11)