Detroit Pistons Scheduled To Tip-Off 2011-12 NBA Season On December 26

Mini-Plan Packages On-Sale Now; Tickets For Home Opener On-Sale Wednesday, December 7 At 10:00 AM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons will open the 2011-12 season on the road against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, December 26 (7:00 p.m. EST), it was announced today by the National Basketball Association. The Pistons will host Cleveland in their home opener at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday, December 28 (7:30 p.m.).

Individual tickets for the club’s home opener vs. Cleveland are on-sale tomorrow (December 7) at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at The Palace Box Office, online at www.pistons.com, by calling 248-377-0100 or at any TicketMaster outlet. Season tickets and mini-plans, including the versatile “Pick-em” Plan where fans can choose any 12 games and get tickets to the home opener free, are available now by calling 248-377-0100 or visiting www.pistons.com. Individual game tickets for remaining dates on the 2011-12 regular-season schedule, including Friday Night Out and Family Night theme nights, will go on-sale on December 12.

“We are excited to announce the 2011-12 Pistons’ regular-season schedule and pleased that 19 home games will be played on weekend dates,” said Dennis Mannion, President of Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons. “We have worked tremendously hard to elevate every facet of our business from operations to game presentation and customer service with the goal of presenting a new level of entertainment and excitement for our fans.”

Highlights of the Pistons’ home schedule include two meetings against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Eastern Conference Champion Miami HEAT (January 25 and March 23), Derek Rose and the Chicago Bulls (January 4 and April 15) and Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic (January 2 and April 3). Single-game match-ups include appearances by Dirk Nowitzki and the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks (January 10), Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (March 6), Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (February 19) and Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and the New York Knicks (January 7).

Detroit hosts five three-game homestands throughout the season and plays six of its first 10 games at The Palace. The beginning slate consists of the home opener against Cleveland (December 28) and a New Year’s Eve tilt versus Indiana (December 31) followed by games with Orlando (January 2), Chicago (January 4), New York (January 7) and Dallas (January 10). The club ends the season playing six of its last eight games at home with contests featuring Milwaukee (April 13), Chicago (April 15), Cleveland (April 17), Minnesota (April 19), Toronto (April 22) and Philadelphia (April 26).

The Pistons have an extended road stretch from March 12 through March 30 where the club plays nine of 10 games on the road. Detroit embarks on a five-game road trip, its longest of the season, on March 12 visiting Utah, Sacramento (March 14), Phoenix (March 16), the L.A. Clippers (March 18) and Denver Nuggets (March 21). Following a brief home stop against the Miami HEAT at The Palace on Friday, March 23, the team heads back on the road for a four-game road trip stopping in New York (March 24), Washington (March 26), Cleveland (March 28) and Chicago (March 30).

The Pistons will make two national television appearances. ESPN will broadcast the Pistons’ game vs. Milwaukee on Friday, April 13 (8:00 p.m. EST) while NBA TV will broadcast Detroit’s match-up at Atlanta on Friday, April 6 (7:30 p.m. EST). The club’s local television schedule on Fox Sports Detroit will be announced at a later date.

Detroit will play 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. Four of its back-to-back sets fall on the road, five begin on the road and conclude at home, five are home-and-away back-to-backs and four sets are home-and-home back-to-backs.

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