The schedule for the 2014-15 NBA season was announced Wednesday afternoon. The opening game this year will feature the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs facing off October 28 at 8 p.m. ET.
The new-look and rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks will begin their season in Charlotte against the Hornets on October 29. It’s the 30th consecutive season they’ve started their campaign on the road. For the team’s schedule in it’s entirely, you can view it on the Bucks’ website here.
Here are some notable games to look forward to this season:
Jabari Parker returns home
One game that Jabari Parker already has listed on his mental schedule is the first time he plays against his hometown Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The Bucks will travel on the road to face the Bulls for the first time this season on January 10.
Kidd returns to Brooklyn
Head coach Jason Kidd will return to Brooklyn to coach against his former team the Brooklyn Nets on January 19. It's his first return to the city as an opposing coach after his split with the organization this past summer.
Lebron James and friends
Lebron James and his revamped Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Bucks for the first time this regular season on December 2 in Cleveland. James returns to the Central Division and will bring along (barring a rejection from league office) Kevin Love to mesh with All-Star Kyrie Irving. While James played for the Miami Heat the past four seasons, he helped sell-out nearly every game he appeared in on the road in Milwaukee.
Wiggins vs. Parker
We saw a little bit of it during Las Vegas Summer League, but the highly anticipated battle between Andrew Wiggins and Parker will once again happen on October 17 during the preseason, and November 26 during the regular season. Of course, Wiggins will be wearing a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey instead of a Cavaliers one (these team’s ain’t loyal). I think this matchup will be better than the first.
Brandon Jennings, Season 2
If you’re a Bucks fan and still have a distain for Brandon Jennings’ departure to Detroit, you can still let him know how you really feel in person on November 25 when him and the Detroit Pistons make their way to the Bradley Center.
The Bucks will make two appearances on national television (NBA TV) this upcoming season: December 29 at Charlotte, and January 15 against the New York Knicks in London.
For the All-Star break, the team will be off from February 12 until February 20 when they return from break and face the Denver Nuggets at home.
Longest road trip consists of 4 games: at Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles (Clippers).
Longest home stand consists of 5 games: Boston, Brooklyn, Sacramento, Denver, Atlanta.
In the month of December, the Bucks will be on the road for 10 of their 15 games during the holiday month. Four of those games include their longest road trip previously mentioned.