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Detroit Pistons release full 2021-2022 schedule

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Cade Cunningham era begins at home against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 20

2021 Rookie Photo Shoot Photo by Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons released their season schedule on Friday, and now we know that Cade Cunningham will suit up for his first professional game at Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 20 as his Pistons take on the Chicago Bulls.

That checks off one of the biggest boxes of any schedule release. The next most interesting question — after selecting first overall how many times will the Pistons be on national TV? Fans are likely to be disappointed in the answer. Detroit has just one nationally televised game on basic cable — a Nov. 10 matchup against Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets. The Pistons will also have four games broadcast on NBA TV against Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Golden State and Orlando, respectively.

Hey, if you’re only going to have one game on ESPN, at least it will be a home game where Jalen Green gets booed heartily.

Next biggest question on my mind — how many back-to-backs will the Pistons have? The answer there is 12.

And now an answer to a question I never considered before — how much rest do the Pistons get compared to their opponents? The geniuses at Positive Residual crunched those numbers, and apparently, the Pistons have the most games (17) with a “trust rest advantage.”

Using the fancy tools at Positive Residual’s website, you can see that Detroit will travel just under 38,000 miles this season, which ranks as the seventh-least in the NBA. They are also one of six teams with just 12 back-to-backs. The Pistons will also have the eighth-toughest schedule in the NBA.

The Pistons announced their schedule in conjunction with a new partnership with Shopify to help promote local businesses. They turned the schedule release video and their mission to “restore” the Pistons franchise in Troy Weaver’s words into the restoration of a house in metro Detroit.

The Shopify partnership will see the Pistons promote local Detroit businesses throughout the season, and some of those same businesses helped restore the actual house while Hooper and Rick Mahorn had a little fun.

Detroit Pistons 2021-2022 Full Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time TV
Day Date Opponent Time TV
Wed. Oct. 20 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 23 at Chicago 8:00 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 25 at Atlanta 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 28 at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Sat. Oct. 30 Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 31 atBrooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 2 Milwaukee 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 4 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 5 Brooklyn 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 10 at Houston 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri. Nov. 12 at Cleveland 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 13 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 15 Sacramento 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 17 Indiana 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 19 Golden State 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 2 1 L.A. Lakers 6:00 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 23 Miami 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 24 at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 26 at L.A. Clippers 3:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 28 at L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 30 at Portland 10:00 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 2 at Phoenix 9:00 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 6 Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Wed. Dec. 8 Washington 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 10 at New Orleans 8:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 12 Brooklyn 6:00 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 14 at Chicago 8:00 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 16 at Indiana 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 Houston 12:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 19 Miami 6:00 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 21 at New York 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 23 at Miami 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 26 at San Antonio 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 29 New York 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 1 San Antonio 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 3 at Milwaukee 8:00 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 5 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 6 at Memphis 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 8 Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 10 Utah 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 12 Phoenix 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 14 Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 18 at Golden State 10:00 p.m. NBA TV
Wed. Jan. 19 at Sacramento 10:00 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 21 at Utah 9:00 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 23 at Denver 8:00 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 25 Denver 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 28 at Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 30 Cleveland 6:00 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 1 New Orleans 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 3 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 4 Boston 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 6 at Minnesota 3:30 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 8 at Dallas 8:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 10 Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 11 Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 14 at Washington 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 16 at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 24 Cleveland 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 26 Boston 12:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 27 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Tue. Mar. 1 at Washington 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Mar. 3 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 4 Indiana 7:00 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 7 Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 9 Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 11 at Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 13 L.A. Clippers 3:00 p.m.
Tue. Mar. 15 at Miami 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Mar. 17 at Orlando 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Sat. Mar. 19 at Cleveland 8:00 p.m.
Mon. Mar. 21 Portland 7:00 p.m.
Wed. Mar. 23 Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 25 Washington 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Mar. 27 New York 3:30 p.m.
Tue. Mar. 29 at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Thu. Mar. 31 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 1 at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 3 at Indiana 5:00 p.m.
Wed. Apr. 6 Dallas 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 8 Milwaukee 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Apr. 10 at Philadelphia TBD
BACK-TO-BACK SETS (12)
(Home-Away)
Day Date Opponent Time
Sat. Oct. 30 Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 31 at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 23 Miami 8:00 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 24 at Milwaukee 12:00 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 26 Boston 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 27 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Mar. 31 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Apr. 1 Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
(Away-Home)
Thu. Mar. 3 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Mar. 4 Indiana 7:00 p.m.
(Home-Home)
Thu. Nov. 4 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 5 Brooklyn 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 18 Houston 12:00 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 19 Miami 6:00 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 3 Minnesota 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 4 Boston 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 10 Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 11 Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
(Away-Away)
Fri. Nov. 12 at Cleveland 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 13 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 5 at Charlotte 7:00 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 6 at Memphis 8:00 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 18 at Golden State 10:00 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 19 at Sacramento 10:00 p.m.