Tuesday, August 01, 2006

76ers 2006-07 Schedule Announced

The Philadelphia 76ers will tip off the 2006-07 campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Wac Center against the Atlanta Hawks (7 pm). The 82-game, regular season schedule features 15 nationally televised games (eight on ESPN and seven on NBA-TV). I still don't know how David Stern gets away with calling NBA-TV a "nationally televised game", its more like pay-for-view.

The nationally televised games on ESPN include road match-ups at Phoenix (Nov. 17), at Chicago (Dec. 6), at Dallas (Dec. 15), at Boston (Dec. 22) and home games versus King James & the Cavs (Jan. 26), New Jersey (March 4) and Houston (March 18).

The 2006-07 schedule includes 22 sets of back-to-back games, including five sets in the month of December. The 76ers will travel out West twice for at least three games. The longest road-trip of the year takes place during December's holiday season death march when the team heads West for a seven-game, 11-day road trip.

The Sixers host the defending 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat twice at the Wac (Nov. 5 and Jan. 19). The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 15) matinee is back again, this year the 76ers host a 2 p.m. game against the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers will be in town March 9.

22 of the first 33 games will be played on the road. The longest home stand is 7 games from Feb. 2-21, part of a 15-game stretch that includes 13 games at the Wac.

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