Raptors Release 2013-14 Season Schedule

Rudy Gay

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their 2013-14 regular season schedule. The club will tip-off its 19th season in the National Basketball Association at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, October 30 versus the Boston Celtics. This also marks the fourth time in the past five seasons and the 13th time in team history the club has started the regular season at home.

Toronto’s road debut is set for Friday, November 1 at Atlanta. Six of the team’s first nine games will be on the road.

Fifteen of the first 20 road games come against teams that made the 2013 postseason. Seven of the nine road games in December are against clubs that qualified for last season’s playoffs.

The longest road swing is five games which occurs January 31 – February 7. The longest home stand of the season is four games November 22 – December 1. The team will play 12 of 17 games on the road from December 3 – January 7 and a stretch of 11 of 15 games at Air Canada Centre from February 10 – March 16.

Noteworthy home games on the 2013-14 schedule include two visits from the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in the season’s first month (November 5 and 29), while the new-look Brooklyn Nets come to town November 26 and January 11. The lone Toronto visit from Tim Duncan and the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs happens December 10. Steve Nash and his Los Angeles Lakers make their only Toronto trek of the season January 19 for an afternoon tip. Canadians Tristan Thompson and 2013 first-overall draft pick Anthony Bennett will be at Air Canada Centre on February 21 when the Cleveland Cavaliers make their only appearance in Toronto. And, Dwight Howard, James Harden and Jeremy Lin bring the Houston Rockets to Canada on April 2.

The 2013-14 schedule features four Saturday home games, which ties the all-time high set in the 1997-98 season: Utah (November 9), New York (December 28), Brooklyn (January 11) and the Los Angeles Clippers (January 25).

Toronto will play its tenth season in the Atlantic Division, joining Boston, Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia. The Raptors were a member of the Central Division from 1995-2004.

The schedule features four games against divisional foes with two home and two away. The remaining 10 conference teams will be played twice at home and on the road with the exception of four teams – two will be played once at home and twice on the road (Charlotte and Cleveland) and two will be faced twice at home and once on the road (Detroit and Orlando). Each Western Conference team will be played once at home and on the road.

The busiest day for the Raptors this season will be Friday with 21 games on the schedule, including a high of 12 home games on that day and nine road games. The majority of the team’s home games will fall on the weekend with 12 Friday contests, four Saturday and seven on a Sunday, accounting for more than half of the 41 home dates.

The Raptors’ busiest month is January with 17 games. The busiest home month is January with nine games, while the busiest road month is December with the Raptors facing nine games away from Toronto.

The Raptors will have 18 back-to-back games this season (equal to last season), with a high of seven being a tie between a road game followed by a home game and a road game followed by a road game.

The Raptors’ 2013 preseason schedule and 2013-14 local television schedule will be released at a later date. For the eighth consecutive season, all 82 Raptors games will be aired nationally in Canada.

Raptors season tickets are available by calling (416) 366-DUNK (3865), while single-game ticket information will be released at a later date.

    RAPTORS 2013-14 SCHEDULE NOTES

    Atlantic Division

Boston (H: 10/30, 3/28, A: 1/15, 3/26); Brooklyn (H: 11/26, 1/11, A: 1/27, 3/10); New York (H: 12/28, 4/11,
A: 12/27, 4/16); Philadelphia (H: 12/13, 4/9, A: 11/20, 1/24); Total (H: 8, A: 8)

    Central Division

Chicago (H: 11/15, 2/19, A: 12/14, 12/31); Cleveland (H: 2/21, A: 2/25, 3/25); Detroit (H: 1/8, 3/12, A: 4/13); Indiana (H: 1/1, 4/4, A: 11/8, 1/7); Milwaukee (H: 1/13, 4/14, A: 11/2, 4/5); Total (H: 9, A: 9)

    Southeast Division

Atlanta (H: 2/12, 3/23, A: 11/1, 3/18); Charlotte (H: 12/18, A: 11/6, 1/20); Miami (H: 11/5, 11/29,
A: 1/5, 3/31); Orlando (H: 1/29, 2/23, A: 3/30); Washington (H: 11/22, 2/27, A: 1/3, 2/18); Total (H: 9, A: 9)

    Northwest Division

Denver (H: 12/1, A: 1/31); Minnesota (H: 1/17, A: 3/9); Portland (H: 11/17, A: 2/1); Oklahoma City (H: 3/21, A: 12/22); Utah (H: 11/9, A: 2/3); Total (H: 5, A: 5)

    Pacific Division

Golden State (H: 3/2, A: 12/3); L.A. Clippers (H: 1/25, A: 2/7); L.A. Lakers (H: 1/19, A: 12/8); Phoenix (H: 3/16, A: 12/6); Sacramento (H: 3/7, A: 2/5); Total (H: 5, A: 5)

    Southwest Division

Dallas (H: 1/22, A: 12/20); Houston (H: 4/2, A: 11/11); Memphis (H: 3/14, A: 11/13); New Orleans (H: 2/10, A: 3/19); San Antonio: (H: 12/10, A: 12/23); Total (H: 5, A: 5)

    Games by Month

October/November: 15 (8 home, 7 away) December: 14 (5 home, 9 away)
January: 17 (9 home, 8 away) February: 12 (6 home, 6 away)
March: 16 (8 home, 8 away) April: 8 (5 home, 3 away)

    Games by Day

Sunday: 13 (7 home, 6 away) Monday 10 (3 home, 7 away)
Tuesday: 10 (3 home, 7 away) Wednesday: 19 (11 home, 8 away)
Thursday: 1 (1 home, 0 away) Friday: 21 (12 home, 9 away)
Saturday: 8 (4 home, 4 away)

    Longest Homestand

4 games: 11/22 vs. Washington, 11/26 vs. Brooklyn, 11/29 vs. Miami, 12/1 vs. Denver.

    Longest Road Trip

5 games: 1/31 at Denver, 2/1 at Portland, 2/3 at Utah, 2/5 at Sacramento, 2/7 at L.A. Clippers.

    Back-to-Back-Games

Overall: 18
Home game, followed by home games: 0 Home game, followed by road game: 4
Road game, followed by home game: 7 Road game, followed by road game: 7

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