Analyzing The Clippers' 2019-20 Season Schedule

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Here is everything you need to know about the Clippers' upcoming schedule this season.

The Clippers Are In The Spotlight Again

Last season, the Clippers only had 3 nationally televised NBA games: against San Antonio, Sacramento, and Dallas. There wasn't too much rhyme or reason about the games, and it felt like they were put on national TV just for the sake of it. The statistic put a chip on the shoulders of some Clipper players, especially Patrick Beverley. This season, they have a franchise-high 26 nationally televised games; it's the third-most in the NBA, behind the Lakers (31), and the Warriors (30). These aren't arbitrary national TV games either, the Clippers are playing prime-time hours during opening night, and Christmas night.

Simply put, the LA Clippers are back in the spotlight.

A Rough Opening

There's no other way to say it, the Clippers have a very tough opening schedule. Their first two games are against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Golden State Warriors, within two days of each other. The Lakers will surely be looking for something to prove after having a losing record last season, and the Warriors will be opening their brand new arena (the Chase Center) against the Clippers. Moving forward from there, the next 8 games will keep the challenge going. Here are the first 10 games of the season for the LA Clippers:

(1) vs. Lakers

(2) @ Warriors

(3) @ Suns

(4) vs. Hornets

(5) @ Jazz

(6) vs. Spurs

(7) vs. Jazz

(8) vs. Bucks

(9) vs. Blazers

(10) vs. Raptors

Eight of the Clippers' first ten games are going to be against playoff teams, and six of those games are against potential championship contending teams. There's a chance of Paul George missing those ten games too, which presents a dangerous possibility of the Clippers having a losing record during that stretch. Despite that, most teams seem to have a pretty tough opening stretch, so that's just how the league is right now.

Going Back-To-Back

The NBA has made it a priority to reduce back-to-back games this season. The average back-to-backs across the NBA has dropped for a 5th year straight, with the team average being a little more than 12 games. The Clippers will enter the 2019-20 season with 13 back-to-backs, which is on the lower end. Here are their 13 back-to-backs:

@ Jazz, vs. Spurs

vs. Bucks, vs. Blazers

@ Rockets, @ Pelicans

@ Mavs, @ Grizzlies

@ Wizards, @ Pacers

@ Wolves, @ Bulls

@ Spurs, @ Thunder

vs. Grizzlies, vs. Knicks

@ Mavs, @ Hawks

@ Wolves, @ Cavs

vs. Nuggets, vs. Sixers

@ Pistons, @ Hornets

@ Jazz, vs. Bulls

Of those 13 back-to-backs, five of them are against a pair of playoff teams. The three that seem the most brutal are: Bucks & Blazers, @ Rockets & @ Pelicans, and Nuggets & Sixers. What remains to be seen is how and if Kawhi Leonard will be managing his minutes in these situations. He stated during the introductory press conference that he'll be playing at 100% this time around, as opposed to how he was on the Raptors.

Marquee Games

There's an aura of hype around this season that there hasn't been in a very long time. There are no one or two super teams, there are a multitude of strong duos that are spread across the entire NBA. With that said, here are some marquee games to look forward to:

Lakers: Oct 22, Dec 25, Jan 28, Mar 8

Warriors: Oct 24, Jan 10, Mar 10, Apr 11

Rockets: Nov 13, Nov 22, Dec 19, Mar 5

Utah: Oct 30, Nov 3, Dec 28, Apr 7

Kawhi at Toronto return: Dec 11

Shai and Gallo return: Nov 18

Looking at some of these marquee match ups, three of them will be within the first two weeks of the season for the Clippers. By the time December rolls around, they'll have a taste of pretty much every high profile game.

There are a ton of games that Clipper fans need to mark their calendars for this season, and it all starts from day one. As Ralph Lawler would say, 'fasten your seat belts, folks.'

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Here is everything you need to know about the Clippers' upcoming schedule this season.

The Clippers Are In The Spotlight Again

Last season, the Clippers only had 3 nationally televised NBA games: against San Antonio, Sacramento, and Dallas. There wasn't too much rhyme or reason about the games, and it felt like they were put on national TV just for the sake of it. The statistic put a chip on the shoulders of some Clipper players, especially Patrick Beverley. This season, they have a franchise-high 26 nationally televised games; it's the third-most in the NBA, behind the Lakers (31), and the Warriors (30). These aren't arbitrary national TV games either, the Clippers are playing prime-time hours during opening night, and Christmas night.

Simply put, the LA Clippers are back in the spotlight.

A Rough Opening

There's no other way to say it, the Clippers have a very tough opening schedule. Their first two games are against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Golden State Warriors, within two days of each other. The Lakers will surely be looking for something to prove after having a losing record last season, and the Warriors will be opening their brand new arena (the Chase Center) against the Clippers. Moving forward from there, the next 8 games will keep the challenge going. Here are the first 10 games of the season for the LA Clippers:

(1) vs. Lakers

(2) @ Warriors

(3) @ Suns

(4) vs. Hornets

(5) @ Jazz

(6) vs. Spurs

(7) vs. Jazz

(8) vs. Bucks

(9) vs. Blazers

(10) vs. Raptors

Eight of the Clippers' first ten games are going to be against playoff teams, and six of those games are against potential championship contending teams. There's a chance of Paul George missing those ten games too, which presents a dangerous possibility of the Clippers having a losing record during that stretch. Despite that, most teams seem to have a pretty tough opening stretch, so that's just how the league is right now.

Going Back-To-Back

The NBA has made it a priority to reduce back-to-back games this season. The average back-to-backs across the NBA has dropped for a 5th year straight, with the team average being a little more than 12 games. The Clippers will enter the 2019-20 season with 13 back-to-backs, which is on the lower end. Here are their 13 back-to-backs:

@ Jazz, vs. Spurs

vs. Bucks, vs. Blazers

@ Rockets, @ Pelicans

@ Mavs, @ Grizzlies

@ Wizards, @ Pacers

@ Wolves, @ Bulls

@ Spurs, @ Thunder

vs. Grizzlies, vs. Knicks

@ Mavs, @ Hawks

@ Wolves, @ Cavs

vs. Nuggets, vs. Sixers

@ Pistons, @ Hornets

@ Jazz, vs. Bulls

Of those 13 back-to-backs, five of them are against a pair of playoff teams. The three that seem the most brutal are: Bucks & Blazers, @ Rockets & @ Pelicans, and Nuggets & Sixers. What remains to be seen is how and if Kawhi Leonard will be managing his minutes in these situations. He stated during the introductory press conference that he'll be playing at 100% this time around, as opposed to how he was on the Raptors.

Marquee Games

There's an aura of hype around this season that there hasn't been in a very long time. There are no one or two super teams, there are a multitude of strong duos that are spread across the entire NBA. With that said, here are some marquee games to look forward to:

Lakers: Oct 22, Dec 25, Jan 28, Mar 8

Warriors: Oct 24, Jan 10, Mar 10, Apr 11

Rockets: Nov 13, Nov 22, Dec 19, Mar 5

Utah: Oct 30, Nov 3, Dec 28, Apr 7

Kawhi at Toronto return: Dec 11

Shai and Gallo return: Nov 18

Looking at some of these marquee match ups, three of them will be within the first two weeks of the season for the Clippers. By the time December rolls around, they'll have a taste of pretty much every high profile game.

There are a ton of games that Clipper fans need to mark their calendars for this season, and it all starts from day one. As Ralph Lawler would say, 'fasten your seat belts, folks.'

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