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Phoenix Suns unveil 2018-19 schedule

The Western Conference gauntlet starts off right away for the Suns. Time for predictions!

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Finally, the 2018-19 schedule for the Phoenix Suns has arrived. However, it’s a doozy with multiple rough patches sprinkled throughout the 82-game rigor.

Here are the main takeaways I noticed right away:

  • 12 back-to-backs, eight before the All-Star Break. Tied for lowest in the league.
  • Only three nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT. Season opener versus Dallas and Halloween night at home against San Antonio are ESPN west coast showcases.
  • LeBron James’ first visit to Phoenix in Lakers colors will happen on October 24.
  • Defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors first trip to the Valley will be on New Year’s Eve.
  • Five road trips spanning at least three games, three of which are four or five games.

Here’s the entire schedule below, with plenty of interesting home and away stretches to follow.

October:

  • 17th vs. Dallas
  • 20th @ Denver
  • 22nd @ Golden State
  • 24th vs. Lakers
  • 27th @ Memphis
  • 28th @ Oklahoma City
  • 31st vs. San Antonio

November:

  • 2nd vs. Toronto
  • 4th vs. Memphis
  • 6th vs. Brooklyn
  • 8th vs. Boston
  • 10th @ New Orleans
  • 12th @ Oklahoma City
  • 14th vs. San Antonio
  • 17th vs. Oklahoma City
  • 19th @ Philadelphia
  • 21st @ Chicago
  • 23rd @ Milwaukee
  • 25th @ Detroit
  • 27th vs. Indiana
  • 28th @ Clippers
  • 30th vs. Orlando

December:

  • 2nd @ Lakers
  • 4th vs. Sacramento
  • 6th @ Portland
  • 7th vs. Miami
  • 10th vs. Clippers
  • 11th @ Spurs
  • 13th vs. Dallas
  • 15th vs. Minnesota
  • 17th @ New York
  • 19th @ Boston
  • 22nd @ Washington
  • 23rd @ Brooklyn
  • 26th @ Orlando
  • 28th vs. Oklahoma City
  • 29th vs. Denver
  • 31st vs. Golden State

January:

  • 2nd vs. Philadelphia
  • 4th vs. Clippers
  • 6th vs. Charlotte
  • 8th vs. Sacramento
  • 9th @ Dallas
  • 12th vs. Denver
  • 15th @ Indiana
  • 17th @ Toronto
  • 19th @ Charlotte
  • 20th @ Minnesota
  • 22nd vs. Minnesota
  • 24th vs. Portland
  • 25th @ Denver
  • 27th @ Lakers
  • 29th @ Spurs

February:

  • 2nd vs. Atlanta
  • 4th vs. Houston
  • 6th @ Utah
  • 8th vs. Golden State
  • 10th @ Sacramento
  • 13th @ Clippers
  • 21st @ Cleveland
  • 23rd @ Atlanta
  • 25th @ Miami

March:

  • 1st vs. New Orleans
  • 2nd vs. Lakers
  • 4th vs. Milwaukee
  • 6th vs. New York
  • 9th @ Portland
  • 10th @ Golden State
  • 13th vs. Utah
  • 15th @ Houston
  • 16th @ New Orleans
  • 18th vs. Chicago
  • 21st vs. Detroit
  • 23rd @ Sacramento
  • 25th @ Utah
  • 27th vs. Washington
  • 30th vs. Memphis

April:

  • 1st vs. Cleveland
  • 3rd vs. Utah
  • 5th vs. New Orleans
  • 7th @ Houston
  • 9th @ Dallas

After first glance, what is your prediction for the Suns this season?