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Memphis Grizzlies 2015-16 Schedule Released

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Today the entire NBA schedule was released, including the Memphis Grizzlies' schedule.

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After what felt like a long wait, the NBA schedule was finally released to the public. Last season, the Grizzlies had an easier start to the season. However, the beginning of this season looks to be a bit tougher. First off, the Grizzlies' season and home opener will be on October 28th against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. After a couple of games against the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets, the Grizzlies will face a daunting five game road trip which includes the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors, along with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers.

December presents a heavier slate of games against Eastern Conference teams, while November includes a heavy load of games against West teams.  Unlike last season, the Grizzlies will be granted ten nationally televised games, including the MLK Day game against the New Orleans Pelicans that will air on ESPN. The Grizzlies will have an eight day All-Star break.

Over the coarse of the season, the Grizzlies will be faced with 18 back-to-backs. However, the Grizzlies will not face any sets of four and five nights, which is fortunate considering Memphis is an older team and needs more rest. The month of March presents an even amount of home games and road games. In addition, the Grizzlies will face the San Antonio Spurs back-to-back March 25th and 28th, the first being on the road and the second being at home.

In April, Memphis' notable match ups include the Warriors twice, Pau Gasol's Chicago Bulls, and the Los Angeles Clippers. The season finale will be at Golden State.

The Grizzlies will have a tough start in October and November, and it will be interesting to see how they handle the first road trip and the other difficult stretch in November against the OKC Thunder, the Houston Rockets (twice), the San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Atlanta Hawks. Hopefully, the Grizzlies will rise to the challenge.

Undoubtedly, the release of the NBA schedule helped tide the hunger of fans as we wait for October to come, but it also made us all miss the NBA more. Hurry up, October.