Blazers Announce 2011-2012 NBA Schedule (66-Game Lockout Edition)

The Rose Garden court on Monday. The season is just around the corner. Kick the forklift into high gear!

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced their 2011-2012 NBA schedule on Blazers.com and via press release. Here's a printable version in PDF. The Blazers will play 66 games during the abbreviated season with 48 coming against Western Conference foes and 18 against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Blazers open their season on Dec. 26 at home against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Rose Garden.

Monthly breakdown

  • December: 3 -- 3 home, 0 road
  • January: 18 -- 7 home, 11 road
  • February: 14 -- 8 home, 6 road
  • March: 17 -- 8 home, 9 road
  • April: 14 -- 7 home, 7 road
Road trips / Home Stands
  • Road trips: 1 seven game trip; 1 six game trip; 1 three game trip; 4 two game trips; 9 one game trips
  • Home stands: 7 three game home stands; 3 two game home stands; 6 one game home stands
First back-to-back-to-back
  • Vs. Kings, Vs. Grizzlies, At Warriors on January 23-25
Second back-to-back-to-back
  • Vs. Wizards, At Warriors, Vs. Clippers on February 14-16
Eastern Conference home-and-home

Each Western Conference team will only play three Eastern Conference teams twice. The Blazers will play the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards twice.

Update: I created this chart to compare Portland's draw here to other teams around the league. The chart lays out the win differentials between all 30 NBA teams and the three non-conference opponents they have to play twice based on last year's results. The Blazers have a differential of +14 (48 wins last year and an average of 34 opponent wins) which happens to be the fourth highest differential in the league (trailing only San Antonio, Chicago and Houston). So if you thought drawing Milwaukee, Atlanta and Washington was a stroke of very good luck for the Blazers, you were right.

Eastern Conference home vs. road games

Each Western Conference team will play the other 12 Eastern Conference teams just once. Of note, the Blazers will travel for road games against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls but will get the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat at home.

The Blazers previously announced a home-and-home 2-game preseason schedule with the Utah Jazz on Dec. 19 and Dec. 21.

Click through for the full schedule and the text of the press release. Chime in with your thoughts and win prediction totals in the comments!

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

Here's the schedule via Blazers.com.

December

Opponent

Time

Mon 26

vs Philadelphia

7:00pm

Tue 27

vs Sacramento

7:00pm

Thu 29

vs Denver

7:00pm

January

Opponent

Time

Sun 01

@ LA Clippers

6:30pm

Tue 03

@ Oklahoma City

5:00pm

Thu 05

vs LA Lakers

7:30pm

Fri 06

@ Phoenix

7:30pm

Sun 08

vs Cleveland

6:00pm

Tue 10

vs LA Clippers

7:00pm

Wed 11

vs Orlando

7:00pm

Fri 13

@ San Antonio

5:30pm

Sat 14

@ Houston

5:00pm

Mon 16

@ New Orleans

12:00pm

Wed 18

@ Atlanta

5:00pm

Fri 20

@ Toronto

4:00pm

Sat 21

@ Detroit

4:30pm

Mon 23

vs Sacramento

7:00pm

Tue 24

vs Memphis

7:00pm

Wed 25

@ Golden State

7:30pm

Fri 27

vs Phoenix

7:00pm

Mon 30

@ Utah

6:00pm

February

Opponent

Time

Wed 01

vs Charlotte

7:00pm

Thu 02

@ Sacramento

7:00pm

Sat 04

vs Denver

7:00pm

Mon 06

vs Oklahoma City

7:00pm

Wed 08

vs Houston

7:00pm

Fri 10

@ New Orleans

5:00pm

Sat 11

@ Dallas

5:30pm

Tue 14

vs Washington

7:00pm

Wed 15

@ Golden State

7:00pm

Thu 16

vs LA Clippers

7:30pm

Sat 18

vs Atlanta

7:00pm

Mon 20

@ LA Lakers

7:30pm

Tue 21

vs San Antonio

7:00pm

Wed 29

@ Denver

6:00pm

March

Opponent

Time

Thu 01

vs Miami

7:30pm

Sat 03

vs Minnesota

7:00pm

Mon 05

vs New Orleans

7:00pm

Wed 07

@ Minnesota

5:00pm

Fri 09

@ Boston

4:30pm

Sat 10

@ Washington

4:00pm

Tue 13

@ Indiana

4:00pm

Wed 14

@ New York

4:30pm

Fri 16

@ Chicago

5:00pm

Sun 18

@ Oklahoma City

6:30pm

Tue 20

vs Milwaukee

7:00pm

Thu 22

vs Memphis

7:00pm

Fri 23

@ LA Lakers

7:30pm

Sun 25

vs Golden State

6:00pm

Tue 27

vs Oklahoma City

7:00pm

Thu 29

vs New Orleans

7:00pm

Fri 30

@ LA Clippers

7:30pm

April

Opponent

Time

Sun 01

vs Minnesota

6:00pm

Mon 02

vs Utah

7:00pm

Wed 04

vs New Jersey

7:00pm

Fri 06

@ Dallas

5:30pm

Sat 07

@ Milwaukee

5:30pm

Mon 09

vs Houston

7:00pm

Wed 11

vs Golden State

7:30pm

Fri 13

vs Dallas

7:30pm

Sun 15

@ Sacramento

3:00pm

Mon 16

@ Phoenix

7:00pm

Wed 18

vs Utah

7:00pm

Sat 21

@ Memphis

5:00pm

Mon 23

@ San Antonio

5:30pm

Thu 26

@ Utah

5:00pm

Here's the press release...

The Portland Trail Blazers will tip-off their 42nd NBA season by hosting the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a three-game home stand, marking the third straight year the team has opened at the Rose Garden.

All 66 Trail Blazers games (33 home, 33 away) will be aired on the Trail Blazers Broadcast Television Network or national carriers. Portland's complete broadcast schedule will be available in the coming days.

Portland plays seven of its first 10 games at home and closes the season by playing five of its last six on the road. The schedule includes a six-game road trip (Jan. 13-21) and a season-high, seven-game trip (March 7-18).

The Trail Blazers will face each Western Conference opponent at least three times, including four contests with Golden State, the L.A. Clippers, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Utah.

Each of Portland's four Northwest Division opponents will visit the Rose Garden twice. The Trail Blazers will make two trips to both Oklahoma City and Utah, while visiting Minnesota and Denver just once.

Portland will play 18 games against Eastern Conference opponents (nine home, nine away). The Trail Blazers will face each Eastern Conference opponent at least once, including two games against Atlanta, Milwaukee and Washington.

The 66-game schedule features two back-to-back-to-back scenarios (Jan. 23-25, Feb. 14-16) and 16 back-to-back games.

Among the top teams making the trip to the Rose City in 2011-12: the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on April 13; the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on March 1 and the Western Conference rival L.A. Lakers on Jan. 5.

The Trail Blazers close out the 2011-12 NBA regular season at Utah on Thursday, April 26.

Tickets for individual games go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m., exclusively on trailblazers.com.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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