clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Breaking down the Pistons' 2014-2015 schedule

The Pistons play the most back-to-backs in the NBA and -- hey! -- Rodney Stuckey returns to The Palace a day after Christmas!

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

You can see the entire Pistons 2014-2015 regular season schedule here, but we wanted to break it down for you:

Back-to-backs? 22! That's the most of any team in the NBA. 6 other teams have 21.

Longest road trip(s)? 4, twice. Nov. 10-15 and March 10-14.

Most grueling stretch? Feb. 27-March 14. On Feb. 27, the Pistons host the Knicks before traveling to DC to face the Wiz the next night. In nine games over that stretch, there are three back-to-backs and seven road games, including one of the aforementioned four-game trips. The Pistons play, in order, the Knicks, at Wizards, at Pelicans, at Rockets, Hornets, at Lakers, at Warriors, at Blazers and at Jazz.

Longest home stand? Well, they play five in a row at home from Feb. 11-27, but a nine-day All-Star break follows the first home game. So there's really two different four-game home stands.

Best stretch? It's hard to guess how well the team will do out of the gate, but the first six games are actually favorable. The Pistons have one of their two four-game home stands right after their first two games of the season on the road in Denver and Minnesota.

Nationally televised games? There will be three games on national television if you count the one on NBA TV -- Dec. 13 at Kings (NBA TV), Jan. 19 vs. Hawks (ESPN) and April 3 vs. Bulls (ESPN).

More details from the Pistons official press release:

Highlights of the Pistons' home schedule include two appearances by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Central Division rival Cleveland Cavaliers (January 27 and February 24) and two match-ups with the new-look Miami HEAT featuring Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng (February 3 and April 4). NBA All-Stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the L.A. Clippers visit November 26, Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers visit December 2, and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit The Palace on December 7. Other intriguing contests include two match-ups with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls (February 20 and March 21) while Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs make their lone appearance at The Palace on February 11. Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks visit November 5 and February 27, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks take the floor on December 17 while Dwight Howard, James Harden and the Houston Rockets will visit on January 31. [...]

Detroit will embark on its first of two season-high four-game road trips starting in Chicago (November 10), Washington (November 12), Oklahoma City (November 14) and Memphis (November 15). A four-game home stand starts with the L.A. Clippers (November 26), Milwaukee (November 28), Golden State (November 30) and L.A. Lakers (December 2). A season-high, five-game home stand comes in February with San Antonio (February 11), Chicago (February 20), Washington (February 22), Cleveland (February 24) and New York (February 27). The Pistons will take their second four-game road trip of the season starting with the L.A. Lakers (March 10), Golden State (March 11), Portland (March 13) and Utah (March 14). A late-season, four-game home stand will feature Miami (April 4), Boston (April 8), Indiana (April 10) and Charlotte (April 12).

Detroit will make three national television appearances with two games on ESPN and one game on NBA TV. ESPN will broadcast Pistons games at Atlanta on Monday, January 19 (2:30 p.m. EST) and at Chicago on Friday, April 3 (8:00 p.m. EST). NBA TV will broadcast Detroit's visit to Sacramento on Saturday, December 13 (10:00 p.m. EST). The club's local television schedule on Fox Sports Detroit will be announced at a later date.

The press release also mentioned that 10-game plans and individual game tickets go on sale on Friday. If you were purchasing a 10-game plan, what would it be?

My 10-game plan would be:

Sat. Nov. 1 vs. Nets (Home opener)

Wed. Nov. 26 vs. Clippers (The Steve Ballmer Hey, Tom Gores, I own a team, too homecoming game, and I'll be home for Thanksgiving)

Sun. Nov. 30 vs. Warriors (fellow Wildcat Stephen Curry, and I'll still be home for Thanksgiving)

Sun. Dec. 7 vs. Thunder (Kevin Durant)

Fri. Dec. 26 vs. Pacers (The Day After Christmas Rodney Stuckey Homecoming Game)

Sun. Jan 4 vs. Kings (Controversy and Josh Smith's return to The Palace as a King! Shhhh)

Wed. Jan. 14 vs. Pelicans (Anthony Davis vs. Andre Drummond showdown)

Sat. Jan 17 vs. 76ers (Hey, I have to guarantee myself of attending at least one win, and I'm free that night)

Tues. Jan. 27 vs. Cavs (LeBron, and the game that will sell out)

Tues. Feb. 24 vs. Cavs (LeBron, and the other game that will sell out)


Which games would you pick as part of your 10-game plan? If you could choose from home and away games, then which games would you pick?