Three of the Warriors’ first four games will be played in California.
The NBA released schedules for all 30 teams today, and Golden State will open its season on the road in Sacramento, against the Kings. It will be a 7:00 PM tip-off at Sleep Train Arena, and you bet there will be a large contingent of Warriors faithful on hand.
Their home opener will be three days later when they take on the Lakers at Oracle Arena — that will be a 7:30 PM tip-off.
Steve Kerr will be tested early in his first year as a head coach; games 3-6 are against the Clippers, Rockets, Suns, and Spurs. All four are legitimate contenders in the West and will be tough challenge. Also challenging will be starting the season with 17 of 28 games on the road, but it evens out when they finish the campaign with 11 of 18 at home. Their longest road trip will be a six-game Eastern swing from late February to early March.
The most brutal part of the schedule will come towards the end of March, when they play three back-to-backs and six games in nine days. They will also play four games in five nights on five different occasions.
The Warriors will also be on national TV a franchise-record 19 times: nine games on ESPN, nine on TNT, and one on ABC.
Marquee matchups: the Warriors will play the Clippers four times, which includes a game on Christmas. They play the defending NBA-champion Spurs three times, and the Cavaliers twice, with LeBron James and likely Kevin Love coming to Oracle on Jan. 9. They will also play the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 7.
The Warriors finish up the season with a four-game homestand, taking on the Trail Blazers, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, and Nuggets.
Here is the link to the complete schedule.
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