Raptors Release 2014-15 Schedule
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday their 2014-15 regular season schedule. The club will tip-off its 20th anniversary season in the National Basketball Association at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday, October 29 versus the Atlanta Hawks. This also marks the fifth time in the past six seasons and the 14th time in team history the club has started the regular season at home. Toronto’s road debut is set for Saturday, November 1 at Orlando.
Nine of the club’s first 12 games will be at home followed by 14 of the next 22 on the road. After the All-Star break in mid-February, the Raptors will play 18 of their final 29 games on the road to finish the regular season. The Raptors will face a stretch of nine of 11 contests (February 20 – March 10) away from home as well as six of their final eight games (April 1-14). The two home games in April are the fewest in franchise history for an 82-game schedule.
The longest home stand of the season is seven games November 7-21, which equals the club record set March 21 – April 3, 2012 and November 30 – December 14 in the 1999-2000 campaign. The team also has a six-game home stand January 8-18 and a five-gamer February 2-11. The longest road swing is six games which takes place from December 22 – January 4.
Noteworthy home games on the 2014-15 schedule include two visits from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 5 and March 4, along with Derrick Rose and his Chicago Bulls on November 13 and March 25. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder make an early-season appearance as the season’s second opponent at Air Canada Centre on November 4. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin bring their high-flying Los Angeles Clippers to Toronto on February 6 and the lone Toronto visit from Tim Duncan and the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs happens two days later February 8. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers make their only Toronto trek of the season March 27.
The 2014-15 schedule features a return to US national television with the Raptors playing once on TNT (November 13 versus Chicago), three times on ESPN (December 17 versus Brooklyn, April 8 at Charlotte and April 15 versus Charlotte), and five times on NBA TV.
Toronto will play its 11th 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 (Indiana and Miami) and two will be faced twice at home and once on the road (Milwaukee and Washington). 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 19 games. Wednesday is the busiest day at home with 11 contests, followed by 10 on Friday. Friday also features a high of nine road games.
The Raptors’ busiest month is October/November with 17 games. The busiest home month is October/November with 11 games, while the busiest road month is December with the Raptors facing nine games away from Toronto.
The Raptors will have 19 back-to-back games this season (up one from the past two seasons), with a high of seven being a tie between a home game followed by a road game and a road game followed by a road game.
The Raptors’ 2014-15 local television schedule will be released at a later date. For the ninth consecutive season, all 82 Raptors games will be aired nationally in Canada.
For the 2014-15 season Monday-Saturday home games will start at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of the two home games national televised in the US) and Sunday home games will tip at 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.
For Raptors season tickets, mini-packs and groups of 10 or more please call (416) 366-DUNK (3865). Single-game ticket information will be released at a later date.
RAPTORS 2014-15 SCHEDULE NOTES
Boston (H: 1/10, 4/4, A: 11/5, 4/14); Brooklyn (H: 12/17, 2/4, A: 1/30, 4/3); New York (H: 12/21, 3/22, A: 12/14, 2/28); Philadelphia (H: 11/9, 1/14, A: 1/23, 3/2); Total (H: 8, A: 8)
Chicago (H: 11/13, 3/25, A: 12/22, 3/20); Cleveland (H: 12/5, 3/4, A: 11/22, 12/9); Detroit (H: 1/12, 1/25, A: 12/19, 3/24); Indiana (H: 12/12, A: 1/27, 3/16); Milwaukee (H: 11/21, 2/2, A: 1/19); Total (H: 9, A: 9)
Atlanta (H: 10/29, 1/16, A: 11/26, 2/20); Charlotte (H: 1/8, 4/15, A: 3/6, 4/8); Miami (H: 3/13, A: 11/2, 4/11); Orlando (H: 11/11, 12/15, A: 11/1, 4/10); Washington (H: 11/7, 2/11, A: 1/31); Total (H: 9, A: 9)
Denver (H: 12/8, A: 12/28); Minnesota (H: 3/18, A: 4/1); Portland (H: 3/15, A: 12/30); Oklahoma City (H: 11/4, A: 3/8); Utah (H: 11/15, A: 12/3); Total (H: 5, A: 5)
Golden State (H: 2/27, A: 1/2); L.A. Clippers (H: 2/6, A: 12/27); L.A. Lakers (H: 3/27, A: 11/30); Phoenix (H: 11/24, A: 1/4); Sacramento (H: 1/28, A: 12/2); Total (H: 5, A: 5)
Dallas (H: 11/28, A: 2/24); Houston (H: 3/30, A: 2/21); Memphis (H: 11/19, A: 1/21); New Orleans (H: 1/18, A: 2/23); San Antonio: (H: 2/8, A: 3/10); Total (H: 5, A: 5)
Games by Month
|October/November:||17 (11 home, 6 road)||December: 15 (6 home, 9 road)|
|January:||16 (8 home, 8 road)||February: 11 (6 home, 5 road)|
|March:||15 (8 home, 7 road)||April: 8 (2 home, 6 road)|
Games by Day
|Sunday:||13 (7 home, 6 road)||Monday: 11 (6 home, 5 road)|
|Tuesday:||10 (2 home, 8 road)||Wednesday: 17 (11 home, 6 road)|
|Thursday:||2 (2 home, 0 road)||Friday: 19 (10 home, 9 road)|
|Saturday:||10 (3 home, 7 road)|
7 games: 11/7 vs. Washington, 11/9 vs. Philadelphia, 11/11 vs. Orlando, 11/13 vs. Chicago, 11/15 vs. Utah, 11/19 vs. Memphis, 11/21 vs. Milwaukee.
Longest Road Trip
6 games: 12/22 at Chicago, 12/27 at L.A. Clippers, 12/28 at Denver, 12/30 at Portland, 1/2 at Golden State, 1/4 at Phoenix.
|Home game, followed by home games: 0||Home game, followed by road game: 7|
|Road game, followed by home game: 5||Road game, followed by road game: 7|