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Spurs 2018-19 season schedule revealed: Key dates to note

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The full San Antonio Spurs 2018-19 regular-season schedule is out and there are plenty of key dates and noteworthy games to circle.

From Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green's return to the Alamo City to anticipated matchups against some of the NBA's best, here are a few key dates fans should circle on their calendars.

Home opener:

On Oct. 17, 2018, the Spurs will get their new season going at home as they host Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.

Road opener:

The team's first road game will be on Oct. 20, 2018 as they hit the road to face the Blazers.

Raptors at Spurs:

The new year will get going on Jan. 3, 2019 at the AT&T Center as this game will be heavily circled on the schedule. It will likely be a stark contrast in fan reception for former Spurs Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.

The game marks the return of Leonard to San Antonio where his last season as a Spur was not great to say the least. Fans will likely be ready to send a shower of jeers Leonard's way while Green will be met with cheers.

Hornets at Spurs:

Jan 14, 2019 should be one very emotional night in San Antonio as it will mark the return of Tony Parker for his lone appearance in San Antonio.

Parker signed with the Hornets as a free-agent this offseason after 17 seasons in a Spurs uniform. Expect a huge standing ovation for Parker from fans and lots of love sent his way from his former team.

Grizzlies at Spurs:

Nov. 21, 2018 will be the first time back for former Spur Kyle Anderson in San Antonio. Kyle signed with Memphis in the offseason after four seasons with the Spurs. This game will be the first of four meetings versus Memphis.

Rodeo Road Trip:

The annual "Rodeo Road Trip" is as follow:

  • Feb. 4 - Sacramento
  • Feb. 6 - Golden State
  • Feb. 7 - Portland
  • Feb. 9 - Utah
  • Feb. 12 - Memphis
  • Feb. 22 - Toronto
  • Feb. 24 - New York
  • Feb. 25 - Brooklyn

It'll feature two sets of back-to-back games and a key stop for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl along the way.

Spurs at Raptors:

On Feb. 22 2018, Spurs' DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl will make their first trip back to Toronto since being traded to San Antonio in the offseason. DeRozan initially didn't take the trade well but is still beloved by Raptors fans who will be eager to see him return. Expect and emotional return for DeMar.

Lakers at Spurs:

On Oct. 27, 2018, Spurs fans will get their first-look at LeBron James in a new Lakers uniform and in the same conference. How will James and his new team be meshing by this point and will the new-look Lakers pose a barrier for the Spurs to snag a playoff spot? This will be one of four meetings against L.A.

Warriors at Spurs:

Nov. 18, 2018, the defending champs come to San Antonio for the first time. It will be the first of three regular-season games versus the Warriors.

Mavericks at Spurs/regular-season finale:

April 10, 2019 not only ends the Spurs regular-season, it could mark the final game for Dirk Nowitzki's NBA career as Dallas closes out their season in San Antonio.

Other notes:

  • The Spurs will play 12 back-to-back games
  • The Spurs will have 13 national TV games
  • San Antonio will not play on Christmas Day nor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Teams will average a record-low 13.3 back-to-backs, down 31% since '14-15 (19.3 per team)
  • No four-in-fives for the second straight season
  • Five-in-sevens down 42% from '17-18 (0.7 per team from 1.2 per team)
  • No eight-in-12s (there were 22 in '16-17)

Ticket for the Spurs' upcoming games will go on sale Aug. 14 at noon.

Via NBA press release:

The league’s 73rd regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, and conclude on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

As part of the 2018-19 schedule, the number of times when teams play games on back-to-back days will be an all-time low for the fourth consecutive season. The team average is 13.3 back-to-backs this season, down 31 percent since the 2014-15 season (19.3 per team). For the second season in a row, no team is scheduled to play a stretch with four games in five days. In addition, instances when teams play five games in seven days (0.7 per team) has been reduced by 42 percent from last season (1.2 per team) and 77 percent from the 2016-17 season (3.0 per team).

Also in 2018-19, the NBA will again label its schedule by week to enhance the ability of fans to follow the 1,230-game regular season. Starting with Week 1 and ending with Week 26, the weekly structure will help reinforce awareness of upcoming games and communicate key storylines. Each week will run Monday through Sunday.

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