Schedule release day is here, and with it comes the answer to the annual question: Where will the Bucks be traveling to open the season?
That's right, for the 30th consecutive year, the Milwaukee Bucks will open the NBA regular season on the road. They'll travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday, October 29th. The game is also Charlotte's first of the season. They then return to Milwaukee for their home opener on Friday, October 31 against the Sixers.
Here are some other notable games and notes from the schedule:
- The arrival of Jabari Parker and the hype that follows him wasn't enough to earn the Bucks a single nationally televised game aside from a pair of contests on NBATV. The Bucks will visit Charlotte on December 29 and "host" the New York Knicks on Jan. 15. Of course, that game won't take place in Milwaukee--the Knicks and Bucks will be squaring off in the 02 Arena in London.
- Parker's first game in his hometown of Chicago comes on January 10th.
- Jason Kidd's return to Brooklyn to face his old team comes soon after on January 19th.
- The Bucks have a pair of four-game road trips. In mid-December they'll face the Suns, Blazers, Kings, and Clippers, and at the end of February travel to play the Lakers, Jazz, Nuggets, and Warriors. They also play five in a row at home split around the All-Star break, when they welcome the Celtics, Nets, Kings, Nuggets, and Hawks.
- The Bucks play 18 games against the Atlantic Division, 18 games against the Southeast Division, 16 (as always) against the Central and 10 against each of the three Western Conference divisions. The only East teams they don't face four times: Boston, Toronto, Washington and Charlotte, with Toronto and Charlotte each visiting the BMO Harris Bradley Center just once.
- Milwaukee faces off against the Heat four times, meaning they don't see any more of LeBron James this year than they would have had he stayed in South Florida.