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Philadelphia 76ers: Breakdown of the full 2019-20 schedule – The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: Breakdown of the full 2019-20 schedule  The Sixer Sense

The Philadelphia 76ers have released the full 2019-20 regular season schedule, including several highly anticipated matchups.

The Philadelphia 76ers 2019-20 schedule is officially live.

In a shade over two months, NBA basketball will start. The Philadelphia 76ers begin the season on Oct. 23, hosting the Boston Celtics in a historic rivalry with a new twist — Al Horford. The 33-year-old will get to face his former team on opening night.

The Sixers, naturally, will face all 30 NBA teams over the course of 82 games. That doesn’t stop a few select games (or, in some cases dates) from sticking out. We have already spotlighted five must-watch games on the docket.

The analysis won’t stop here either. We will have breakdowns of specific stretches, potential playoff indicators and more in the coming weeks. Here’s the schedule in its full glory.

For the most part, it’s a fairly balanced schedule. There’s no murderers row like last season, when February forced Philadelphia to run the gauntlet. There are a few challenging stretches — Clippers, Lakers, Kings, Warriors on a swing through California to begin March — but nothing exceeding four or five games.

Similar to last season, the main Western Conference battles take place in the new year. Philadelphia doesn’t face the Rockets, the Lakers or the Warriors until January. The first meeting with Kawhi Leonard and the new-look Clippers isn’t until February.

In a sense, that will naturally make the second half of the schedule a tad more difficult. But those big matchups are often interlaced with a few softballs, which should help keep the Sixers fresh for important outings.

As for the national T.V. schedule, Philadelphia will be a prominent fixture on every network. Between ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV, the Sixers will make 36 national T.V. appearances — the fifth most in the league.

The big reunions are all taking place early in the season. Horford will play Boston right away — a harsh face-to-face with a team he was largely expected to re-sign with. The Sixers will host Miami on Nov. 23, welcoming Jimmy Butler back to the Wells Fargo Center and pitting Josh Richardson against his old teammates. J.J. Redick and the Pelicans visit on Dec. 13.

The Feb. 11 meeting with the Clippers also carries additional weight. Beyond the obvious Kawhi Leonard-revenge plot, Tobias Harris never got to face his former employer last season. It will have taken almost a year, but February marks his chance to strike back.

In addition to the reunions, Philadelphia will finally get to host a Christmas Day game. The Bucks will visit the same day as Kris Kringle, offering a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Next: 5 must-watch games on the 2019-20 schedule

You can read the full schedule on the Sixers’ official website.