Thursday afternoon the NBA released their schedule for the 2023-24 season. With all the moves made in the offseason and a new in-season tournament, this year will be one for the books. With both the Nets and Knicks making the playoffs last season the pressure is on to replicate that and more. Here are some of their top matchups this season.
New York Knicks: The Knicks have a tough stretch to open the season. They open at home against the Celtics then travel to face Atlanta, New Orleans, and Cleveland. After that, they will host Cleveland and then Milwaukee for their first In-Season tournament game.
Some other matchups throughout the year to watch:
They will see the Heat on Nov. 24 (In-Season Tournament) this will be the first time the Knicks play the Heat after getting knocked out of the second round of the playoffs by them. The Knicks will host the new-look Suns on Nov. 26. The West Coast trip in December against the Suns, Clippers, and Lakers in that order will be anything but easy. They will play at Milwaukee on Dec. 23 and will host them on Christmas Day.
The first matchup against Philadelphia is Jan. 5 in Philadelphia. They host the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Jan. 23. The Lakers stroll into town on Feb. 3 on national television.
After that, they host the Grizzles and Mavericks. On Feb. 29, they host Stephen Curry and the Warriors with their new addition Chris Paul. The last games to watch will be the west coast trip in mid-March. They will see Portland, Sacramento, Golden State, and Denver. The playoff push at that time will have all Knicks fans holding their breaths.
Brooklyn Nets: Brooklyn will have a tough stretch at the beginning of the year as well. They host Boston, Milwaukee, and the Clippers and then travel to Boston. In December they are on a tough west coast trip. Starting with Sacramento, and Phoenix, then seeing the defending champion Nuggets and finishing up against Golden State and Utah.
Some matchups Nets fans will love to see in person, the Phoenix Suns will be in Brooklyn on Jan. 31. This will be Kevin Durant’s first time back in Brooklyn since he was traded last season.
Three days later they will host Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks. It will also be Irving’s first time back in Brooklyn since he was traded last season. Brooklyn will be rowdy, especially after the way KD and Irving left. Two days later they will host Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs. Not to mention they will see Golden State, Philadelphia, and Cleveland in between those games.
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