The 76ers and the rest of the NBA for that matter dropped their 2009-10 schedule on the public around 1pm today. At quick glance, it doesn’t look pretty for the Sixers as David Stern’s scheduling soldiers were not very nice
To start with, the Sixers will play 20 sets of back-to-back games in 2009-10 which is among the highest in the League. Included in those 20 sets are 6 sets of back-to-back games before the end of November.
Here’s some other items of interest we pulled from the Sixers 2009-10 schedule:
Tough early stretches:
- Nov: 1 1/21 – 11/30 — @CLE; @WAS; @ BOS; vs. ATL; @ SA; @DAL
- Dec: 12/26 – 1/03 — @ UTAH; @ POR; @ SAC: @ LAC; @ DEN
So much for getting the new coach and the old, err we mean “retro” logo off to a fast start.
The 10 game stretch that buries the Sixers season:
- 2/16: vs. MIA
- 2/19 vs. SA
- 2/20 @ CHI
- 2/23 @ GSW
- 2/24 @ PHX
- 2/26 @ LAL
- 3/01 vs. ORL
- 3/03 @ ATL
- 3/05 vs. BOS
- 3/07 @ TOR
If the Sixers aren’t out of the playoff hunt by mid-February, they will be after that 10 pack. Also there is a bet here at the Philadunkia office that Elton Brand will go down for the rest of the season during this stretch.
The toughest road trip:
Good news here, we have a tie and the better news is that both brutal roadies happen in late November.
- @ CLE (11/21); @ WAS (11/24); @ BOS (11/25)
- @ SA (11/29) ; @ DAL (11/30); @ OKC 12/02; @ CHA (12/05)
The toughest month:
The stretch from December 2nd to January 3rd…15 games in 31 days including road games @ the much improved OKC and @ Boston; then a six game road trip that goes like this…@ WAS; @ Utah; @ POR; @ SAC; @ LAC; @ DEN.
The 31 day stretch also includes tough home games against DEN, DET, HOU and CLE. The only gimme we see in this span is home vs. the GSW.
Happy Holidays Sixers faithful!
The easiest home stand:
Yet another tie as 11/18 vs. CHA and 11/20 vs. Memphis, as well as home games on 3/15 vs. the NYK and 3/17 vs. the NJN jump right out at us.
You’ll notice both choices are ONLY two game home stands. That should tell you how much faith we have in the Sixers ability to put together a long win streak in 2009-10.
The easiest month:
March – The Sixers play the Knicks twice, New Jersey once at home, @ Milwaukee, Charlotte twice and OKC at home.
The toughest back-to-backs:
- November 8th and 9th …On the 8th the Sixers are at Detroit for a 1pm start. After the game they’ll then travel home to play Phoenix the following night at 7pm…It’s not just the travel that’s rough, it’s also the fact that you have to play two completely different teams in terms of style of ball on back-to-back nights.
- Also we don’t like November 29th and 30th at all either…Leading into this back-to-back outing is the stretch where the Sixers play @ CLE (11/21); @ WAS (11/24); @ BOS (11/25) and then vs. ATL (11/27). Coming off the Turkey Day break, the Sixers will then face back-to-back road game @ SA (11/29) and @ DAL (11/30).
Thank you NBA scheduling gods.
- The team will also have completed nearly half their road schedule (19 games) by January 3rd.
- Lower Merion product Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers make their annual appearance on Friday, January 29th.
- LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal andthe Cleveland Cavaliers come to the Wachovia Center on Wednesday, December 16th and Friday, March 12th.
- Andre Miller returns to Philly with the Portland Trailblazers on 1/20/2010.
- Theo Ratliff returns to the ‘iladelph on 2/19/2010.
- Another fan favorite, Reggie Evans returns as a member of the Raptors on April 3rd.
- The Sixers begin and end the season with games against the Orlando Magic. Is the NBA trying to force a rivalry here based on the two teams heated 2009 playoff series?
We’ll have full out game-by-game predictions and a season forecast coming up later in the week.