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Phoenix Suns 2010-2011 Schedule - Initial Analysis

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Let's look at the schedule in parts.

Key factors that I took into consideration:

  1. It's unlikely the Suns will win a lot of games in a row, even if they are all winnable
  2. It's unlikely the Suns will lose a lot of games in a row, even if they are all against tough opponents
  3. Home-and-aways, within a week or so of each other, are almost always split. It's a matter of pride not to lose twice to the same team in a short time span, no matter how good or bad the opponent
  4. Lots of consecutive road games against quality opponents are usually a .500 run
  5. Lots of consecutive home games against easy opponents are almost never total winning streaks, though you can expect to win most of them
  6. There are some tough stretches, and some easy stretches. Careful not to over/under-estimate the team during any one stretch

Update: Suns get 25 national TV games (including NBA-TV) - 12 home games, 13 on the road

Update #2: Suns only play 16 back-to-backs, down from 20 last season. A boon for Steve and Grant.

Okay, away we go, after the jump!

Here is my analysis:

Schedule Analysis

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Also, here it is (hope it formats ok). I broke the schedule down by runs of tough/easy games, and road/away-heavy portions as well.

Streak Overall
Tue 26
@ Portland 7:00pm
Thu 28 @ Utah 7:30pm
Fri 29 vs LA Lakers 7:30pm
November Opponent Time
Wed 03 vs San Antonio 7:00pm
Fri 05 vs Memphis 7:00pm 3-2 3-2
Sun 07 @ Atlanta 3:00pm
Mon 08 @ Memphis 6:00pm
Fri 12 vs Sacramento 7:00pm
Sun 14 @ LA Lakers 7:30pm
Mon 15 vs Denver 7:00pm
Wed 17 @ Miami 5:00pm
Thu 18 @ Orlando 6:00pm
Sat 20 @ Charlotte 5:00pm
Mon 22 @ Houston 6:30pm 5-4 8-6
Wed 24 vs Chicago 7:00pm
Fri 26 vs LA Clippers 7:00pm
Sun 28 @ Denver 6:00pm
December Opponent Time
Thu 02 @ Golden State 8:30pm
Fri 03 vs Indiana 7:00pm
Sun 05 vs Washington 6:00pm
Tue 07 @ Portland 8:00pm
Wed 08 vs Memphis 7:00pm
Fri 10 vs Portland 7:00pm
Wed 15 vs Minnesota 7:00pm 8-2 16-8
Fri 17 @ Dallas 7:30pm
Sun 19 @ Oklahoma City 5:00pm
Mon 20 @ San Antonio 6:30pm
Thu 23 vs Miami 8:30pm
Sun 26 @ LA Clippers 1:00pm
Wed 29 vs Philadelphia 7:00pm
Fri 31 vs Detroit 7:00pm
January Opponent Time
Sun 02 @ Sacramento 7:00pm 5-3 21-11
Wed 05 vs LA Lakers 8:30pm
Fri 07 vs New York 8:30pm
Sun 09 vs Cleveland 6:00pm
Tue 11 @ Denver 7:00pm
Wed 12 vs New Jersey 7:00pm
Fri 14 vs Portland 8:30pm 4-2 25-13
Mon 17 @ New York 11:00am
Wed 19 @ Cleveland 5:00pm
Fri 21 @ Washington 6:00pm
Sat 22 @ Detroit 5:30pm
Mon 24 @ Philadelphia 5:00pm
Wed 26 vs Charlotte 7:00pm
Fri 28 vs Boston 8:30pm
Sun 30 vs New Orleans 6:00pm
February Opponent Time
Wed 02 vs Milwaukee 7:00pm
Fri 04 vs Oklahoma City 7:00pm 8-2 33-15
Mon 07 @ Golden State 8:30pm
Thu 10 vs Golden State 7:00pm
Fri 11 @ Utah 8:30pm
Sun 13 vs Sacramento 6:00pm
Tue 15 vs Utah 7:00pm
Thu 17 vs Dallas 8:30pm
Wed 23 vs Atlanta 7:00pm 5-2 38-17
Fri 25 @ Toronto 5:00pm
Sun 27 @ Indiana 10:00am
Mon 28 @ New Jersey 5:00pm
March Opponent Time
Wed 02 @ Boston 5:30pm
Fri 04 @ Milwaukee 6:30pm
Sun 06 @ Oklahoma City 5:00pm 3-3 41-20
Tue 08 vs Houston 7:00pm
Thu 10 vs Denver 8:30pm
Sun 13 vs Orlando 12:30pm 2-1 43-21
Mon 14 @ Houston 5:30pm
Wed 16 @ New Orleans 5:00pm
Fri 18 vs Golden State 7:00pm
Sun 20 @ LA Clippers 12:30pm
Tue 22 @ LA Lakers 7:30pm 3-2 46-23
Wed 23 vs Toronto 7:00pm
Fri 25 vs New Orleans 7:00pm
Sun 27 vs Dallas 7:30pm
Tue 29 @ Sacramento 7:00pm
Wed 30 vs Oklahoma City 7:00pm
April Opponent Time
Fri 01 vs LA Clippers 7:00pm 4-2 50-25
Sun 03 @ San Antonio 10:00am
Tue 05 @ Chicago 5:00pm
Wed 06 @ Minnesota 5:00pm
Fri 08 @ New Orleans 5:00pm
Sun 10 @ Dallas 4:30pm
Mon 11 vs Minnesota 7:00pm
Wed 13 vs San Antonio 7:30pm 5-2 55-27

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