The Detroit Pistons schedule for the 2022-2023 NBA season has now been fully released. This is probably one of the most anticipated campaigns in a few years, as the Pistons seemed to be loaded with potential, albeit very young.
Besides the 41 home games, Pistons fans like to travel. Winter contests in Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Francisco could prove enticing (Detroit’s games at the Lakers always seem to be exciting)
As has previously been leaked, Detroit opens play on October 18 at Little Caesars Arena against the Orlando Magic.
The basics of the schedule, like what teams they would play, was already set. The Pistons have a home-and-home series with each Western Conference team, face its fellow Central Division clubs and the rest of the Eastern Conference either three or four times.
It was just the exact date and times, and whether they would be nationally televised, that had to decided.
Detroit Pistons on national TV
First thing many Pistons look for is: How many times are we on National TV? It is just away to see if the big TV networks are recognizing what is occuring in Detroit.
The answer has usually been: Not a lot. This season?
Not a lot.
The big networks, ABC, TNT and ESPN are once again pretty much ignoring Detroit.
The only game to be televised by one of the giants is: Tuesday, January 10 at the Philadelphia 76ers on TNT at 7:30 p.m. Guess that James Harden vs. Cade Cunningham matchup intrigues them.
Detroit is one of 4 NBA teams that will not have a game on either ABC or ESPN.
The Pistons are also on NBA-TV three times (Dec. 1 vs. Dallas, January 19 vs. Chicago in Paris (Warning! 3 p.m. ET) and March 1 vs. Milwaukee)
For fans who do not, or can not, subscribe to Bally Sports Detroit, those non-local outlet games are appreciated.
Big early home games in Detroit Pistons schedule
Of course, they are all big, but some matchups attract attention more than others.
Here a few highlights for the early part of the schedule:
- Friday, Oct. 28 vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. (first game Pistons will be wearing teal uniforms)
- Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. defending champs Golden State Warriors, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 12 vs. Eastern Conference champ Boston Celtics, 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 1 vs. West finalist Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 11 vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m.
Of course, we will break down the schedule further in the coming days. To see the whole thing, go to NBA.com.