Detroit Pistons schedule for 2023-24 NBA season begins at Miami Heat: See every game, date

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Pistons‘ 2023-24 NBA schedule has finally arrived.

They will open the season with a two-game road trip, facing the reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on Oct. 25 before flying to Charlotte to face the Hornets on Oct. 27. Their home opener will be against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 28.

Four of the Pistons’ first six games will be on the road, as they’ll face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Oct. 10 before flying back home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 1 and then hitting the road again a day later to play the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pistons have one non-NBA TV nationally televised game — a Jan. 12 match against the Houston Rockets on ESPN. It will be a battle of youth, as No. 5 overall pick Ausar Thompson will face his twin brother, No. 4 overall pick Ausar Thompson. It’ll also feature the top two picks of the 2021 draft in Cade Cunningham and Houston’s Jalen Green.

The Pistons will host the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., and will host this year’s No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Their longest road trip is in February — a five-game swing featuring Sacramento (Feb. 7), Portland (Feb. 8), Los Angeles Clippers (Feb. 10), Los Angeles Lakers (Feb. 13) and Phoenix (Feb. 14) before heading into the All-Star break. This season’s All-Star weekend will be held in Indianapolis, with the game slated for Feb. 18.

The Pistons’ longest homestand — six games — will be a month later, when they host the Brooklyn Nets (March 7), Dallas Mavericks (March 9), Hornets (March 11), Toronto Raptors (March 13) and back-to-back games against the Heat on the 15th and 16th.

The Pistons’ regular season ends with two games in Texas: At Dallas on April 12 and at San Antonio on April 14.

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The NBA previously announced the Pistons’ in-season tournament schedule, which will feature four games against each team in their group. The tournament opens with home games against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) and Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 14 (7 p.m.), and will conclude with road games against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Indiana Pacers on Nov. 24 (8 p.m.).

All 30 NBA teams were divided into six groups of five. The tournament will continue with the top eight teams — the winners of each group plus the best two teams who did not win a group — in December, with the quarterfinals of the knockout round taking place Dec. 4-5. The semifinals are Dec. 7 and and the championship game is Dec. 9. All tournament games will count in the regular-season standings, except for the title game.

The preseason slate will begin with a home game against the Suns on Oct. 8, marking the first time new head coach Monty Williams will face his former team. The Pistons will play a preseason game against the Thunder in Montreal on Oct. 12.

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