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Everything you need to know about the Toronto Raptors 2016-17 schedule

The NBA released the schedule for the 2016-17 season on Thursday. Below are some relevant dates for the Toronto Raptors, with a full schedule to follow.

You can find the Raptors full schedule here.

Christmas

As expected, the Raptors will once again be sitting out the league’s marquee Christmas Day slate. There was some thought that with the Miami Heat no longer being featured, a Raptors-Celtics game could be hot enough at that point in the season to get Toronto the (perceived as overdue) nod, but that’s not how it’ll go down. Boston will instead draw the New York Knicks, as first reported by Baxter Holmes.

National TV

The Raptors will be on national television in the U.S. six times this season, up from two a year ago. Here are the nationally televised dates:

  • Oct. 28 vs. Cleveland (ESPN)
  • Nov. 16 vs. Golden State (ESPN)
  • Dec. 8 vs. Minnesota (TNT)
  • Feb. 27 @ New York (TNT)
  • March 21 vs. Chicago (ESPN)
  • March 31 vs. Indiana (ESPN)

The Raptors will also be on NBA TV eight times, matching last year’s total. Some may be disappointed in the number of US-wide looks they’ll get given the three-year run they’re on (and how many teams like the Celtics and Lakers are getting), but at least it’s up 40 percent (14 total) from 2015-16 (10) and up 55.6 percent from 2014-15 (9).

Shout out to Matt Moore for having the Raptors numbers ahead of the NBA release.

Opener

The Raptors will open their season at home Wednesday, October 26 against the Detroit Pistons, the first game of a three-game home-stand to start the year that also brings the Cavaliers (Oct. 28) and Nuggets (Oct. 31) to town.

Breakdown

Here’s how often the Raptors will play each opponent:

  • 4 times: Phi, Brk, NYK, Bos, Cle, Det, Mil, Cha, Mia, Orl
  • 3 times: Chi, Was, Atl, Ind
  • 2 times: Western Conference

The Raptors also have 17 back-to-backs but avoid any stretches of four games in five nights.

There are also these splits, per the team:

Games by Month    
October/November: 18 (9 home, 9 road) December:              14 (7 home, 7 road)
January: 17 (10 home, 7 road) February:                 11 (5 home, 6 road)
March: 16 (8 home, 8 road) April:                         6 (2 home, 4 road)

Games by Day    
Sunday: 14 (9 home, 5 road)  Monday:                   10 (7 home, 3 road)
Tuesday: 10 (5 home, 5 road)  Wednesday:               18 (6 home, 12 road)
Thursday: 5 (3 home, 2 road)  Friday:                         19 (9 home, 10 road)
Saturday:  6 (2 home, 4 road)

Cavaliers

The Raptors will square off with the defending NBA champions on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 28 (Toronto, the second game of the season)
  • Tuesday, November 15 (Cleveland)
  • Monday, December 5 (Toronto)
  • Wednesday, April 12 (Cleveland, the final game of the season)

Celtics

Toronto’s new apparent rival, the Boston Celtics, are on tap four times as part of the usual Atlantic Division schedule. Here’s when Jae Crowder and DeMarre Carroll will battle to the death:

  • Friday, December 9 (Boston)
  • Tuesday, January 10 (Toronto)
  • Wednesday, February 1 (Boston)
  • Friday, February 24 (Toronto)

Warriors

The Raptors go head-to-head with the Super Super Team on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 16 (Toronto)
  • Wednesday, December 28 (Golden State)

Returns

  • Bismack Biyombo makes his return to Toronto with the Orlando Magic on Jan. 29 (and again March 27).
  • Luis Scola and Anthony Bennett return as members of the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 20 (and again on Jan. 13).
  • The James Johnson Revenge Game is set for Nov. 4 when the Miami Heat visit (with an encore on April 7).

Home stands/Road trips

The Raptors have the following stands of four games or longer:

  • Nov. 18-25 – 5-game road-trip (Den, Sac, LAC, Hou, Mil)
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 8 – 6-game home-stand (Phi, Mem, LAL, Atl, Cle, Min)
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – 6-game road-trip (Uta, break, Por, GSW, Phx, LAL, SAS)
  • Jan. 8-15 – 4-game home-stand (Hou, Bos, Brk, NYK)
  • March 3-11 – 5-game road-trip (Was, Mil, NO, Atl, Mia)
  • March 27-Apr 2 – 4-game home-stand (Orl, Cha, Ind, Phi)

Home schedule

For those of you looking ahead to key ticket dates, here is the team’s home-only schedule for the year:

Date Opponent Home/Away Time
26-Oct Detroit Home 730
28-Oct Cleveland Home 7
31-Oct Denver Home 730
4-Nov Miami Home 730
6-Nov Sacramento Home 6
12-Nov New York Home 730
16-Nov Golden State Home 8
28-Nov Philadelphia Home 730
30-Nov Memphis Home 730
2-Dec LA Lakers Home 730
3-Dec Atlanta Home 730
5-Dec Cleveland Home 730
8-Dec Minnesota Home 7
12-Dec Milwaukee Home 730
16-Dec Atlanta Home 730
20-Dec Brooklyn Home 730
5-Jan Utah Home 730
8-Jan Houston Home 6
10-Jan Boston Home 730
13-Jan Brooklyn Home 730
15-Jan New York Home 3
22-Jan Phoenix Home 6
24-Jan San Antonio Home 7
27-Jan Milwaukee Home 730
29-Jan Orlando Home 6
31-Jan New Orleans Home 730
6-Feb LA Clippers Home 730
12-Feb Detroit Home 6
15-Feb Charlotte Home 730
24-Feb Boston Home 730
26-Feb Portland Home 6
1-Mar Washington Home 730
13-Mar Dallas Home 730
16-Mar Oklahoma City Home 7
19-Mar Indiana Home 6
21-Mar Chicago Home 7
27-Mar Orlando Home 730
29-Mar Charlotte Home 730
31-Mar Indiana Home 7
2-Apr Philadelphia Home 6
7-Apr Miami Home 730

Full schedule

And here’s the full schedule, which you’ll be able to bet on pretty soon as win over/unders come out.

Date Opponent Home/Away Time
26-Oct Detroit Home 730
28-Oct Cleveland Home 7
31-Oct Denver Home 730
2-Nov Washington Away 7
4-Nov Miami Home 730
6-Nov Sacramento Home 6
9-Nov Oklahoma City Away 8
11-Nov Charlotte Away 7
12-Nov New York Home 730
15-Nov Cleveland Away 7
16-Nov Golden State Home 8
18-Nov Denver Away 9
20-Nov Sacramento Away 9
21-Nov LA Clippers Away 1030
23-Nov Houston Away 8
25-Nov Milwaukee Away 8
28-Nov Philadelphia Home 730
30-Nov Memphis Home 730
2-Dec LA Lakers Home 730
3-Dec Atlanta Home 730
5-Dec Cleveland Home 730
8-Dec Minnesota Home 7
9-Dec Boston Away 730
12-Dec Milwaukee Home 730
14-Dec Philadelphia Away 7
16-Dec Atlanta Home 730
18-Dec Orlando Away 6
20-Dec Brooklyn Home 730
23-Dec Utah Away 9
26-Dec Portland Away 10
28-Dec Golden State Away 1030
29-Dec Phoenix Away 9
1-Jan LA Lakers Away 930
3-Jan San Antonio Away 830
5-Jan Utah Home 730
7-Jan Chicago Away 8
8-Jan Houston Home 6
10-Jan Boston Home 730
13-Jan Brooklyn Home 730
15-Jan New York Home 3
17-Jan Brooklyn Away 730
18-Jan Philadelphia Away 7
20-Jan Charlotte Away 7
22-Jan Phoenix Home 6
24-Jan San Antonio Home 7
25-Jan Memphis Away 8
27-Jan Milwaukee Home 730
29-Jan Orlando Home 6
31-Jan New Orleans Home 730
1-Feb Boston Away 730
3-Feb Orlando Away 7
5-Feb Brooklyn Away 12
6-Feb LA Clippers Home 730
8-Feb Minnesota Away 8
12-Feb Detroit Home 6
14-Feb Chicago Away 8
15-Feb Charlotte Home 730
24-Feb Boston Home 730
26-Feb Portland Home 6
27-Feb New York Away 7
1-Mar Washington Home 730
3-Mar Washington Away 7
4-Mar Milwaukee Away 8
8-Mar New Orleans Away 8
10-Mar Atlanta Away 8
11-Mar Miami Away 8
13-Mar Dallas Home 730
16-Mar Oklahoma City Home 7
17-Mar Detroit Away 730
19-Mar Indiana Home 6
21-Mar Chicago Home 7
23-Mar Miami Away 730
25-Mar Dallas Away 830
27-Mar Orlando Home 730
29-Mar Charlotte Home 730
31-Mar Indiana Home 7
2-Apr Philadelphia Home 6
4-Apr Indiana Away 7
5-Apr Detroit Away 730
7-Apr Miami Home 730
9-Apr New York Away 1
12-Apr Cleveland Away 8

Canadian broadcast schedule

The Raptors generally announce their Canadian broadcast schedule after the fact, as TSN and Rogers have to duke it out for games. We’ll update you with a separate post when that information becomes available.

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