For a few teams, the annual release of the NBA schedule is somewhat of a holiday.
The Bucks are not one of those teams.
While a quartet of Western Conference heavyweights will kick off the season with a double-header on October 28, the Bucks will open up a night later, traveling to Charlotte for the Hornets’ inaugural (well, not really) regular season game.
Two days later, the Bucks welcome the 76ers to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the home opener. Here’s a look at the Milwaukee’s first week, which includes dates with half of last season’s Eastern Conference playoff field:
For the second consecutive season, the NBA clumsily forgot to put the Bucks on national television. However, the Bucks play two games that will be featured on NBATV:
Monday, December 29 – @ Charlotte (7:00 p.m. ET)
Thursday, January 15 – vs. New York (3:00 p.m. ET)
Perhaps even more shocking than the lack of national TV games is that Milwaukee will not be featured as part of ESPN/ABC’s smorgasbord of Christmas Day goodness, which once again features an all-day quintuple-header:
All times Eastern
12:00 p.m. – Washington @ New York
2:30 p.m. – Oklahoma City @ San Antonio
5:00 p.m. – Cleveland @ Miami
8:00 p.m. – L.A. Lakers @ Chicago
10:30 p.m. – Golden State @ L.A. Clippers
Bucks schedule quick hits:
– The Bucks will open the season on the road for the 30th year in a row. You read that correctly. The team typically requested a home opener on Saturday under former owner Herb Kohl, but will open at home on a Friday this season. But Friday’s are still easier for the Bucks to tell tickets to than Wednesdays, so the annual weekday road opener lives on.
– By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (9 games), Tuesday (12), Wednesday (17), Thursday (6), Friday (15), Saturday (16), Sunday (7)
– Of the 16 Saturday games, 12 are at home
– The Bucks face off against LeBron and the Cavaliers four times with the first meeting coming on December 2 in Cleveland
– The defending champion Spurs make their lone trip to Milwaukee on March 18
– Jason Kidd will square off against his former team four times. The first meeting will be November 19 in Milwaukee
– Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins (assuming he ends up in Minnesota, as expected) meet twice in the preseason (October 17 and 22) and twice in the regular season (November 26, January 9)
– View the Bucks’ schedule in its entirety here