The NBA has released the schedules for all 30 NBA teams.
We have known for the last week that the Thunder will be apart of the NBA’s tip-off double header on Tuesday, October 16th when they head to Oakland to take on Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors during their ring ceremony.
The Warriors make their only trip to Oklahoma City on March 16th while the Thunder will play another road game against the defending champions on November 21st.
The Thunder’s home debut will be on October 21st against the Sacramento Kings.
The Thunder will also be featured on Christmas Day when they travel to Houston to face reigning-MVP James Harden and the Rockets at 2 PM CT.
Former Thunder player Carmelo Anthony will make his return to the Chesapeake Energy Arena on November 8th when Houston comes to town. Oklahoma City and the Rockets play on February 9th in Houston and on April 9th at the ‘Peake.
Oklahoma City also plays on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the New York Knicks on January 21st. The game is not nationally televised however.
The team who eliminated the Thunder in last year’s first round, the Utah Jazz, will make their return to Oklahoma City on December 10th and February 22nd. The Thunder will head to Salt Lake City to face Donovan Mitchell on December 22nd and March 11th. Last season, Oklahoma City took the regular season series 3-1 before losing in the postseason in six games.
Former Sooner Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks will play in Oklahoma City on November 30th.
Some notable stats on the Thunder’s schedule:
Oklahoma City will play 12 back-to-backs.
- Two of those will be road/road games.
- Two will be home/road
- Six will be road/home
- Two will be home/home (The Thunder played no home/home back-to-backs last year)
The Thunder play eight home games in the months of November and March — the most in a single month for the team.
The Thunder play 10 road games in December.
The longest stretch of home games is five from March 27th to April 5th.
The longest stretch of road games is four from March 5th to March 11th.
OKC will have 27 nationally televised games (ESPN, TNT, ABC) as well as nine NBA TV games.
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Here's a look at the reduction in back-to-backs & rest-advantage games over the last 5 years. pic.twitter.com/q7WfISIIof
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) August 10, 2018
2018-19 NBA schedule
– Fewest back-to-backs ever
– 13.3 B-to-B per team in 2019 (14.4 in 2018 & 19.3 in 2015)
– No team w/ more than 15 B-to-B
– Like last year, no 4-games-in-5-nights
– Less than 1 instance of 5-games-in-7 nights per team
– No 8-games-in-12 nights for first time
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 10, 2018
Notable tidbits on 2018-19 NBA schedule: No four-games-in-five nights again; back-to-backs are at historic lows (average of 13.3 per team this season, it was 19.3 in '14-15 and 14.4 last season) — and elimination of eight games in 12 nights for first time.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2018