Detroit Pistons’ 2021 second-half schedule features home-heavy finish

Detroit Free Press

Marlowe Alter,  Omari Sankofa II | Detroit Free Press

The NBA released its second-half schedule for the 2020-21 season Wednesday, and has the Detroit Pistons playing 36 games in 67 days to close the 72-game regular season.

The Pistons’ second half kicks off March 11 at the Charlotte Hornets and March 13 at the Brooklyn Nets (see full schedule below). They begin their home slate March 15 in a two-game homestand against the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors (March 17).

After a road-heavy first half, Detroit will play at Little Caesars Arena more frequently in the second half: 20 games at home, 16 on the road. They close the season with a four-game homestand against the Chicago Bulls (May 9), Minnesota Timberwolves (May 11), Denver Nuggets (May 14) and Miami Heat (May 16). The Pistons don’t have any national TV games in the second half.

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Their longest road trip will take place in early April with five games against the Oklahoma City Thunder (April 5), Nuggets (April 6), Sacramento Kings (April 8), Portland Trail Blazers (April 10) and Los Angeles Clippers (April 11).

The Pistons will play nine off their final 11 games at home, and could find some momentum leading into the play-in tournament, which will include the No. 7-10 seeded teams in each conference.

At 9-22, the Pistons have the worst record in the conference, second-worst overall behind Minnesota (7-25). If the Pistons were to stay at No. 2, they’d have a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 pick in a stacked 2021 NBA draft — the same odds as the No. 1 and No. 3 finishers.

NBA’s key dates for the rest of the season:

March 7: All-Star Game.

March 11-May 16: Second half of regular season.

March 25: Trade deadline.

May 18-21: Play-in tournament (7-10 seeds).

May 22-July 22: Playoffs.

In the first half, the Pistons are set to conclude 36 games in 72 days on March 4 at the New York Knicks, before heading into the All-Star break. Detroit’s remaining games in the first half: at New Orleans, vs. Sacramento and New York, at Toronto and New York.

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  • Thu. March 11 at Charlotte (7 p.m.)
  • Sat. March 13 at Brooklyn (7 p.m., NBA TV )
  • Mon. March 15 vs. San Antonio (8 p.m.)
  • Wed. March 17 vs. Toronto (7 p.m.)
  • Fri. March 19 at Houston (8 p.m.)
  • Sun. March 21 vs. Chicago (7 p.m.)
  • Wed. March 24 at Indiana (7 p.m.)
  • Fri. March 26 vs. Brooklyn (7 p.m.)
  • Sat. March 27 at Washington (8 p.m.)
  • Mon. March 29 vs. Toronto (8 p.m.)
  • Wed. March 31 vs. Portland (7 p.m.)
  • Thu. April 1 vs. Washington (7 p.m.)
  • Sat. April 3 vs. New York (8 p.m.)
  • Mon. April 5 at Oklahoma City (7 p.m.)
  • Tue. April 6 at Denver (9 p.m.)
  • Thu. April 8 at Sacramento (10 p.m.)
  • Sat. April 10 at Portland (10 p.m.)
  • Sun. April 11 at L.A. Clippers (10 p.m.)
  • Wed. April 14 vs. L.A. Clippers (8 p.m.)
  • Fri. April 16 vs. Oklahoma City (7 p.m.)
  • Sat. April 17 at Washington (8 p.m.)
  • Mon. April 19 vs. Cleveland (7 p.m.)
  • Wed. April 21 at Dallas (8:30 p.m.)
  • Thu. April 22 at San Antonio (8:30 p.m.)
  • Sat. April 24 at Indiana (7 p.m.)
  • Mon. April 26 vs. Atlanta (7 p.m.)
  • Thu. April 29 vs. Dallas (7 p.m.)
  • Sat. May 1 at Charlotte (7 p.m.)
  • Mon. May 3 vs. Orlando (7 p.m.)
  • Tue. May 4 vs. Charlotte (7 p.m.)
  • Thu. May 6 vs. Memphis (8 p.m.)
  • Sat. May 8 at Philadelphia (7 p.m.)
  • Sun. May 9 vs. Chicago (8 p.m.)
  • Tue. May 11 vs. Minnesota (7 p.m.)
  • Fri. May 14 vs. Denver (8 p.m.)
  • Sun. May 16 vs. Miami (TBD)

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