2015-16 Schedule Breakdown - By the Numbers

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On Wednesday evening, the Boston Celtics released their much-anticipated 2015-16 regular season schedule and we here at Celtics.com mapped out some of the key home games to circle on your calendar.

Now, we’ve dug a little deeper and crunched some numbers to give you a more detailed look at the upcoming slate of games.

With 76 days until the Celtics tip off their season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 28, the countdown has officially begun. Enjoy some numerical analysis of the schedule as you mark down the dates.

Homestands and Road Trips

Boston will only have one homestand that exceeds three games this season. That stretch will span five games from Feb. 25 to March 4, starting with Milwaukee, and concluding versus New York.

The C’s will have a pair of lengthy road trips, both of which will cover five games. The first will be a grueling back-and-forth trip, which will begin Nov. 29 in Orlando. They will have a back-to-back against the Magic and Heat before heading out to play Sacramento on Dec. 3. Boston will then make its way back eastward with a trip to San Antonio on the 5th, before wrapping up in New Orleans on the 7th.

The Celtics will also have a five-game trip during late March and early April ,which will strictly take place in the Western Conference. The journey will begin in Phoenix on March 26 and conclude against the Lakers on April 3.

Free Up Your Wednesdays and Fridays

Thirty of Boston’s 41 home games will be played either on a Wednesday or Friday night. It will have 17 Wednesday night games at the Garden and 13 on Fridays; combined, that makes up a whopping 73 percent of the home schedule. As for the other days of the week, the C's have four home games on Mondays, one Tuesday and one Thursday night game, two Saturday matchups and three Sunday games.

Testing the Waters Early

The first full month of the season, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 27, will be an arduous early test for the young Celtics; 11 of their first 16 opponents made the playoffs last season. During that stretch they will also play Indiana twice and once in Oklahoma City, both of which teams will be boosted with the returns of Paul George (Pacers) and Kevin Durant (Thunder).

A Jam-Packed January

The C’s will have their busiest month in January, with 17 games (seven home, 10 away) over a 30-day span (since they do not play on New Year’s Day). They’ll play four of their 19 back-to-backs that month, including two back-to-backs during a five-day span, from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16.

A Well-Traveled Team

No Eastern Conference team will travel more than the Celtics, as they are scheduled to trek 49,258 miles this season. Contributing to that number is the fact that they will travel south of the border to Mexico City for a game against Sacramento on Dec. 3. The C’s will make history that day, as it will mark the organization’s first-ever regular season international game (not including games in Canada).

The Celtics will also make preseason stops in Milan and Madrid during early October, though of course, that trip is not factored into the regular season mileage.

Hitting the Spotlight

As of now, Boston is scheduled to have seven nationally televised games:

  • Nov. 24, away vs. Atlanta – TNT
  • Dec. 9, home vs. Chicago – ESPN
  • Jan. 7, away vs. Chicago – TNT
  • Jan. 13, home vs. Indiana – ESPN
  • Feb. 19, away vs. Utah – ESPN
  • March 16, home vs. Oklahoma City – ESPN
  • April 1, away vs. Golden State - ESPN

Holiday Games

Boston has numerous matchups that fall on or around holidays this season, starting with a Veteran’s Day home game against Indiana on Nov. 11.

Thanksgiving Day, which falls on Nov. 26, will be sandwiched between a two-game homestand against Philadelphia on the 25th, and Washington on the 27th.

The Celtics are off on Christmas Day, though they will travel to Detroit the next day for an evening matchup against the Pistons.

On Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day, the C’s will head down to Dallas to face the Mavs.

The Celtics will not play on St. Patrick’s Day, but will host Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a nationally televised game the night before, on March 16.