By The Numbers: 2013-14 Schedule
Posted: August 6, 2013
With the Sixers’ 2013-14 schedule now cemented, here are some interesting notes about how it breaks down:
• The Sixers will play 82 games over 168 days in 2013-14, with games broken down thusly:
October/November: 17 games (10 home, 7 road)
December: 13 games (5 home, 8 road)
January: 16 games (8 home, 8 road)
February: 11 games (6 home, 5 road)
March: 16 games (8 home, 8 road)
April: 8 games (3 home, 5 road)
• The team opens the season with seven of their first nine games at home; to close out the season, the Sixers play nine of their final 13 on the road.
• Philadelphia will play 24 weekend games (20 Saturday, four Sunday), 16 on Mondays, four on Tuesdays, 18 on Wednesdays, two on Thursdays, and 18 on Fridays.
• The Sixers' opponents break down as follows:
Four games against: BKN, BOS, CHA, CHI, CLE, DET, NYK, ORL, TOR, WAS (all twice at home and twice on the road)
Three games against: ATL (one home, two road), IND (one home, two road), MIA (two home, one road), MIL (two home, one road)
Two games against: DAL, DEN, GSW, HOU, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOP, OKC, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, UTA (all twice at home and twice on the road)
• Philly’s longest road stretch (six games) comes as part of the team’s annual “Disney on Ice” trip. Every year, the Sixers typically knock out a handful of west coast road games while Disney on Ice uses the Wells Fargo Center over the holidays. On Saturday, December 21, the team travels to Minnesota for a game against the Timberwolves. They then return home for a week off before traveling to Phoenix on December 28 to begin an eight-day, five-game trip that includes stops in Los Angeles (Lakers), Denver, Sacramento, and Portland.
• The team’s longest home stand (five games) runs from Wednesday, March 12, and runs until Friday, March 21. The team will face the Kings, Pacers, Grizzlies, Bulls, and Knicks.
• The Sixers are set to play 20 back-to-backs in 2013-14. The team played 17 last season.
• Holiday games: Veteran’s Day (11/11) vs. San Antonio | New Year’s Day (1/1) at Denver | Martin Luther King Day (1/20) at Washington
• Philadelphia opens its season at home on October 30 against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Coincidentally, they end their season on April 16 on the road in Miami.
• This season, the Sixers and Celtics are not set to play one another until January 29 (in Boston). It is the latest the two teams have ever had their first meeting in their collective histories (dating back to 1949). This excludes lockout-shortened seasons of 1998-99 and 2011-12.