The NBA has unveiled the pre-season schedule, which will feature 76 games between October 3 and 15, before the 2021-22 fiscal year kicks off on October 19.
For the 2021-2022 season, and after two years when the benchmarks were upset because of the covid-19, the NBA is back to a normal pace, with a season start on October 19 and 82 regular season games for each team, until ‘to April 10. But before embarking on the race to succeed the Milwaukee Bucks, the 30 franchises will play preseason games. In total, 76 matches will take place between October 3 and 15, with between one and nine matches on the menu each day.
A Lakers shock – Brooklyn to start
The game that will launch this pre-season period will be one of the most anticipated as it will pit two teams contending for the title, the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn, at the Staples Center. The opportunity to see these new version Lakers, with rookies Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan and Russell Westbrook, against the Nets of the trio Kevin Durant – James Harden – Kyrie Irving, stopped in the semifinals of Conference last year . The Lakers will play five more friendlies, twice against Phoenix, twice against Golden State, and once in Sacramento. Brooklyn will face Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Minnesota.
Four days of break before the resumption
The Bucks, defending champions, will play five pre-season games, against Brooklyn therefore, but also against Memphis, Oklahoma City, Utah and Dallas. We can also note some shocks, such as Clippers – Denver on October 4, Golden State – Denver and Dallas – Utah on October 6, Dallas – Clippers on October 8, Phoenix – Portland on October 13, Atlanta – Miami on October 14 or Miami – Boston on October 15. After a four-day hiatus, the season will begin on October 19 with two shocks: Lakers – Golden State and Milwaukee – Brooklyn.