Thursday the NBA released their first full season schedule since the 2010-11 season after a labor lockout forced the league to cut this past year in half.
For the Pistons who continue to rebuild and re-tool their roster open up the 2012-13 campaign against the re-tooled Houston Rockets on October 31st from The Palace. The Rockets who recently acquired PG Jeremy Lin this offseason also made headway in the draft with three total first round picks.
In addition the Pistons will also have three nationally televised games vs. Orlando on November 16th (ESPN), at Philadelphia on December 10th (NBA TV) and at Washington on February 27th (ESPN).
The Pistons will host the World Champion Miami Heat on December 28th and travel to South Beach on January 25th and March 22nd. The team will also take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder at The Palace on November 12th after returning from their longest road trip of the season (November 2nd-1oth).
Here are some other highlights for the upcoming 2012-13 season
- Detroit will play eight Western Conference teams before playing their first Eastern Conference team (November 14th in Philadelphia).
- Play consecutive home-and-home games twice in the season. This will take place on December 21-22 against Washington and again on February 22-23 against Indiana.
- Their longest stretch of games in the season begins on December 28th against the Miami Heat. From there the team will have five in a row at The Palace and play nine of ten through January 22nd.
- The Pistons will host the LA Lakers on February 3rd which will be part of a stretch where they play seven of their first nine February games at home.
- Detroit will have a big road stretch from March 1st to April 6th where 12 of 17 games will be played on the road.
- They will play all Western Conference teams twice (home and home) and play most Eastern Conference teams four times. Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami however the Pistons will only play three times.
See the Pistons’ full 2012-13 schedule here.
Ref: Mlive.com, NBA.com