Grab your calendar and a permanent marker; the 2013-14 NBA schedule has finally been released. Although it’s hard to predict every game that will have some significance before the season even begins, there are a few games that you can instantly mark on your calendar as a must-watch.
Key Dates (More dates will be added as the regular season progresses)
Tuesday, October 29,, 2013 – The NBA’s opening night features a tripleheader of great games. To tip things off, the Orlando Magic will face the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. ET. The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat will face each other at 8 p.m. in what is expected to be Derrick Rose’s first NBA game since tearing his ACL during the 2012 playoffs. Wrapping up the night will be the battle for Los Angeles when the Clippers and the Lakers tip off at 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – Dwight Howard will make his debut with the Rockets when Houston hosts the Charlotte Bobcats at 8 p.m. On the same night, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will make their debut with first-year head coach Jason Kidd when the team travels to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers. Also on this date, the New Orleans Pelicans will play in a regular season NBA game for the first time since officially changing their name from the Hornets.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 – The New York Knicks will travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls at 8 p.m. Although both teams seemingly have the talent to compete for a championship, this will be the first time we get to see Carmelo Anthony the Knicks against a quality opponent this season.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 – Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time when the Houston Rockets host the Los Angeles Lakers at 9:30 p.m. This is a game that is certain to grab a lot of mainstream headlines regardless of what’s going on in the world of sports at the time. The Lakers are believed to have hard feelings for Howard because of the way he left L.A.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – As usual, the NBA has a full slate of games on Christmas day. At noon the Chicago Bulls will face the Brooklyn Nets; at 2:30 p.m. the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the New York Knicks; at 5 p.m. the Miami Heat will be in Los Angeles to face the Lakers; at 8 p.m. the Houston Rockets will attempt to get a win over the 2012-13 Western Conference champions when they take on the San Antonio Spurs; closing the night will be the Los Angeles Clippers vs. the Golden State Warriors 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will travel back to Boston when their Brooklyn Nets take on Brad Stevens’ Celtics at 6:30 p.m. This game will likely be full of emotion considering the history both players have with the Celtics. Will Boston fans boo the duo for leaving town or will they be cheered for all of the good memories?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – This marks the end of the regular season for the NBA.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – The road to the 2014 NBA championship officially starts when the first playoff games of the year tip off on this date.
June 2014 – No date is set in stone at this time, but the NBA Finals will likely wrap up in mid-June. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 to win their second consecutive NBA Championship on June 20, 2013. The 2014 NBA Finals will closely follow the same timetable.
These dates were acquired by looking over the schedule at NBA.com. While highly unlikely, these dates and times could potentially change in the future. We will do our best to keep this schedule and the key dates updated throughout the regular season. However, a separate schedule will be created for the 2014 NBA playoffs.