OKLAHOMA CITY – The NBA announced its regular season schedules Tuesday, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play its shortened 66-game season in the span of 118 days.
The Thunder's season will begin at home on Christmas Day against the Orlando Magic, the first of five games the team will play in seven days. That span will end with a home game against the Phoenix Suns on New Year's Eve.
The Thunder will have two five-game road trips, its longest stints of the season away from Oklahoma City. The first will run from Feb. 4-10, and will include two pairs of back-to-back games. The second will run from April 14-22, but will not have any back-to-back games.
Oklahoma City will play a total of 17 pairs of back-to-back games on the season, but will only have to play three games in three days one time. That will come in early January, with a road game in Houston sandwiched between two home games.
The Thunder will face former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers a total of four times, twice at home and twice on the road. The final two of those matchups will come during the last 10 games of the season, when the Thunder will have a very favorable schedule.
In those 10 games, Oklahoma City will play only two teams with a winning record last season, the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. Its opponents in the other eight games had a combined winning percentage of just 36 percent.