With a little over two months before the NBA regular season kicks off, the Golden State Warriors have released their 2017-18 season schedule. The schedule is full of marquee matchups, which fans will no doubt be glued to their TV screens to watch. Without further ado, lets break down the Warriors schedule here on HoopsNations.com.
The Warriors officially start their title defense on Oct. 17 against the Houston Rockets at home in Oracle Arena. This game is sure to be a highlight for spectators, in which fans will witness Chris Paul and James Harden for the first time in action against a high-level opponent like the Warriors. Golden State will open their season against the Rockets for the first time since 2010-2011, in which the former tipped off their campaign with a 132-128 win at home.
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Something else new for the Warriors this year is the fact that their season will start eight days earlier then last year. In the month of October alone, the Warriors will play eight games, the most contests in October since the 1980-1981 season. The October matchups feature games against the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Speaking of marquee matchups, a rematch of the 2017 NBA Finals is the NBA’s Christmas gift to fans, with the historic game being played in Oakland this year. This game will mark the Warriors fifth-straight Christmas appearance, with the Warriors retaining a record of 11-15 on Christmas, including the last time these two teams met in Oracle Arena, which ended in a 89-83 win by the Warriors in 2015.
For the defending champions, Christmas won’t be the only time they will face the Cavaliers on a holiday. On Martin Luther King Day the two teams will meet again, this time in Cleveland, which is sure to be a high-powered performance as the opposition won’t want to suffer a loss in front of a home crowd in the Quicken Loans Arena. On MLK Day the Warriors hold a record of 16-9, with Golden State winning their last three appearances on the holiday.
Big schedule note:
4 of Warriors’ 5 ABC games last year were in a back-to-back set.
0 of Warriors’ 6 ABC games this year in b2b.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) August 14, 2017
While on the topic of holidays, Golden State will host the Phoenix Suns on Easter Sunday, with the last matchup resulting in Golden State’s 121-109 victory in Game 1 of the first-round of the 2017 playoffs. The Warriors boast a record of 9-7 on Easter, which makes them fairly successful on the holiday.
2017-18 NBA season schedule right around the corner! https://t.co/lvv3QGVNvo
— LetsGoWarriors (@LetsGoWarriors) August 14, 2017
The Warriors are scheduled to play two games against each Eastern Conference team and four games against all Western Conference teams, with the exception of four teams they will only see three times: Houston, Memphis, Minnesota, and Portland. Each Warriors home game to be played on a weekday, and will tip-off at 7:30pm, while home games on weekends will tip-off at 5:30pm with the exception of the Christmas day, which is set to tip-off at 12pm. The Warriors are set to play four of their last five games on the road, which does include the season finale in Utah, making this the first time Golden State has closed its season on the road since the 2013-2014 season.