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Memphis Grizzlies 2016-17 regular season schedule released

It seemed like a long wait, but the NBA schedule has finally been released to the public. Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies had a difficult start to the season, losing to the Golden State Warriors by 50 in the early part of the schedule. The beginning of this season looks to be a bit easier. First off, David Fizdale will make his debut as head coach when the Grizzlies open up the season at home on October 26th against Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Six of the first eight games will be at home.

Memphis will have their first road game and back-to-back game of the season on October 29th at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. They will face the Washington Wizards on October 30th. The Grizzlies begin their second back-to-back on November 1st against the Timberwolves followed by the New Orleans Pelicans on November 2nd.

Beginning on November 12th, the first trip away from home will begin with a four game road trip against the Milwaukee Bucks, followed by the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis gets their first national-televised game of the season on November 16th against Chris Paul and the Clippers, which will air on ESPN.

The Grizzlies’ month of December features 11 home games and six on the road, starting with two home games. They open the month at home against the Orlando Magic on December 1st. Memphis will then get their first look at the Kobe-less Los Angeles Lakers on December 3rd. Rob Fischer points out the fact that Memphis will begin the new year with nine road games in January. Also, the Grizzlies will NOT play on MLK day. Memphis gets their first shot at the defending champs when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town on December 14th.

From January 27th to February 4th, the Grizzlies will play six straight road games, which ties the team’s longest road trip since relocating to Memphis in 2001. Overall, Memphis will travel a total distance of 45,582 miles this season. They will get eight days of rest during the All-Star break.

Over the course of the season, the Grizzlies will have 17 total back-to-backs, including two home and home games against the Miami Heat and Cavaliers. In addition, Dave Joerger and Matt Barnes will return to Fedex Forum on December 16th and January 20th.

From March 18th to April 4th, Memphis plays the San Antonio Spurs three times in a 18 day span. They will end the season at home against the Mavericks on April 12th.

It’s kinda disappointing the Grizzlies only received five national games (three on ESPN and two on TNT). Last season, Memphis had 10. But, It’s a sigh of relief that they will end the season with four straight home games. The Grizzlies will play a total of four four-game home stands, including an eight-day stretch from April 5-12 to close the regular season. Last season, Memphis ended the season with three games on the road against playoff teams, including two against the Warriors.