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Sixers to open season Dec. 26

The Sixers will open the season on Dec. 26 in Portland, the first of a five-game road trip to start the new 66-game schedule.

Sixers to open season Dec. 26

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Jrue Holiday and the Sixers will take on the Blazers to start the season. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)
Jrue Holiday and the Sixers will take on the Blazers to start the season. (Rick Bowmer/AP Photo)

The Sixers will open the season on Dec. 26 in Portland, the first of a five-game road trip to start the new 66-game schedule.

The home opener is Jan. 6 against Detroit, a game that was on the original schedule. They follow that with three more home games – Jan. 7 against Toronto, Jan. 9 against Indiana and Jan. 10 against Sacramento.

The team must open away from home because of commitments in the Wells Fargo Center, including Disney on Ice, the Flyers and Temple-Duke basketball.

Perhaps the most difficult stretch of the season could come during 6 days in February. LeBron James and Miami comes to town on Feb. 3, followed by a road game the following night in Atlanta. The Lakers make their only visit on Feb. 6, followed by San Antonio coming to town on Feb. 8.

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The  Heat comes to town twice, Feb. 3 and again on March 16 for an ESPN-televised game.

Interestingly, the Sixers do not play division rival Boston until March 7.

The team that are not coming to town this season are Portland, New Orleans, Memphis, Houston, Phoenix and Minnesota.

The Sixers have 16 sets of back-to-back games this season along with two back-to-back-to-back sessions (January 9 – 11 and April 16 – 18).

Of the Sixers final 25 games, all but one will come against an Eastern Conference opponent (Sunday, March 25 at San Antonio).

Here's the team's schedule:

Dec. 26 at Portland, 10

Dec. 28 at Phoenix, 9

Dec. 30 at Utah, 9

Dec. 31 at Golden State, 9

Jan. 4 at New Orleans, 8

Jan. 6 vs. Detroit, 7

Jan. 7 vs. Toronto, 8

Jan. 9 vs. Indiana, 7

Jan. 10 vs. Sacramento, 7

Jan. 11 at New York, 7:30

Jan. 13 Washington, 7

Jan. 16 Milwaukee, 2

Jan. 18 Denver, 7

Jan. 20 Atlanta, 7

Jan. 21 at Miami, 7:30

Jan. 23 Washington, 7

Jan. 25 New Jersey, 7

Jan. 27 Charlotte, 7

Jan. 28 Detroit, 7

Jan. 30 Orlando, 7

Feb. 1 Chicago, 7

Feb. 3 Miami, 7

Feb. 4 at Atlanta, 7

Feb. 6 LA Lakers, 7

Feb. 8 San Antonio, 7

Feb. 10 LA Clippers, 7

Feb. 11 at Cleveland, 7:30

Feb. 13 at Charlotte, 7

Feb. 15 at Orlando, 7

Feb. 17 Dallas, 7

Feb. 19 at Minnesota, 7

Feb. 21 at Memphis, 8

Feb. 22 at Houston, 8

Feb. 28 at Detroit, 7:30

Feb. 29 Oklahoma City, 7

March 2 Golden State, 8

March 4 Chicago, 7

March 5 at Milwaukee, 8

March 7 Boston, 7

March 9 Utah, 7

March 11 at New York, noon

March 14 at Indiana, 7

March 16 Miami, 7, ESPN

March 17 at Chicago, 8

March 19 at Charlotte, 7

March 21 New York, 7, ESPN

March 23 Boston, 8, ESPN

March 25 at San Antonio, 7

March 27 Cleveland, 7

March 30 at Washington, 7

March 31 Atlanta, 7:30

April 3 at Miami, 7:30

April 4 Toronto, 7

April 7 Orlando, 8, ESPN

April 8 at Boston, 6

April 10 at New Jersey, 7:30

April 11 at Toronto, 7

April 13 New Jersey, 7

April 16 at Orlando, 7

April 17 Indiana, 7

April 18 at Cleveland, 7

April 21 at Indiana, 7

April 23 at New Jersey, 7:30

April 25 at Milwaukee, 8

April 26 at Detroit, 8

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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