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DETROIT ~ December 4, 2020 – The Detroit Pistons will begin the 2020-21 campaign at Minnesota on Wednesday, December 23 (8:00 p.m. EST), followed by a return to Little Caesars Arena for their home opener on Saturday, December 26 (7:00 p.m. EST) against Cleveland.
Based on current public health and governmental guidelines, at this time, the club will not host fans to open the regular season. The organization will continue to work closely with the NBA and state and local authorities to identify appropriate timing for safely welcoming back fans to Little Caesars Arena. The Detroit Pistons remain steadfast in executing all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of players, employees and fans.
Complete broadcast schedules for Pistons’ games on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 FM The Ticket will be released at a later date.
Early highlights of the Pistons’ first half schedule include a home matchup against Stephen Curry, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors on December 29, back-to-back visits from Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics on January 1 and January 3, and back-to-back road games against league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on January 4 and January 6, as well as against defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on January 16 and January 18.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers will visit Little Caesars Arena on January 28, followed by a five-game Western Conference road trip for the Pistons against the Golden State Warriors, (January 30), Denver Nuggets (February 1), Utah Jazz (February 2), Phoenix Suns (February 5) and Los Angeles Lakers (February 6). The Pistons will then return home to host Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, first-year head coach Steve Nash and the Brooklyn Nets on February 9. The Pistons will take another five-game road trip in late February, visiting Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (February 17), Rookie of the Year Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (February 19), the Orlando Magic in consecutive matchups (February 21 and 23) and Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans (February 24).
The Pistons’ final home game of the first half of the season will be against the New York Knicks on February 28. The team will finish the first half on March 2 in Tampa, Florida, facing the Toronto Raptors in their temporary home.
The 2020-2021 NBA season will feature 72 regular season games for each club. The first half of the Pistons’ season will include 37 games, comprised of 17 home contests and 20 road contests. The 2020-21 NBA All-Star break is scheduled to take place March 5-10, 2021, between the first half and second half of the regular season schedule. The NBA regular season is tentatively scheduled to end on May 16, 2021. The conclusion of the regular season will be followed by a Play-In Tournament, which will feature the teams with the seventh-highest through the tenth-highest winning percentages competing for the seventh and eighth seed in the playoffs for their respective conference. The 2021 NBA Playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin on May 22.