Early on Tuesday IST, the 2019-20 regular season schedule was announced and here are a few interesting tit-bits from the Indiana Pacers' schedule.
The Pacers, one of two teams competing in the first-ever NBA India Games in October, will travel less than 40,000 miles for their road contests, the fourth-least in the league.
Not featured on any of the holiday slates - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween or Easter, the Pacers will be a part of six nationally televised games.
Now, let's take a look at the ten must-see contests from the Pacers' schedule:
The full 2019-20 schedule can be found here. Games are in chronological order. All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST).
Vs. Detroit Pistons (Oct. 24, 4:30 AM)
The Pacers begin their season at home at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Day 2 of the NBA regular season.
The 2019-20 campaign will be the fourth straight time the Pacers begin their season at home.
They will face-off against Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons, a team they beat 3-1 in their four contests last season.
@ Houston Rockets (Nov. 16, 6:30 AM)
The first time the Pacers compete against a Western Conference team on the road will be at the Toyota Center in Houston.
This will be the first time, the Pacers will see the Rockets' new MVP duo of Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
The Houston franchise has swept the season series the last two years. Can the Pacers change that story in the 2019-20 campaign?
Vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Nov. 17, 5:30 AM)
Less than 24 hours after facing off against two former MVPs, the Pacers will host the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back, their second of the season.
Two of the Pacers' six nationally televised games on ESPN are against their divisional rivals in the Bucks - Feb. 13 and Mar. 5.
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They lost three of the four contests against the Bucks last season.
Vs. Utah Jazz (Nov. 28, 5:30 AM)
In the middle of a four-game homestand, a title contender in the Jazz comes visiting after Thanksgiving.
The game will also mark the return of Bojan Bogdanovic to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, after spending two full seasons with the Pacers.
@ Philadelphia 76ers (Dec. 1, 5:30 AM)
The Pacers have three five-game road trips this season and the team tips-off their first such trip in the City of Brotherly Love.
It also gives the Pacers their first look at the talent-heavy and title-contending squad in the 76ers led by All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Vs. LA Clippers (Dec. 10, 5:30 AM)
Almost every team in the NBA would have circled out the contests against the LA Clippers on their schedule.
The Pacers' first look at this championship-contending squad, led by two All-NBA players in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, will be on Dec. 10 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Prior to a loss in the most recent contest between these teams, the Pacers had won the previous five matchups.
Vs. Toronto Raptors (Dec. 24, 5:30 AM)
Yes, the Raptors have lost their Finals MVP to free agency but they are still the defending champions.
The Pacers' first contest against the reigning champs doesn't come until Christmas Eve when the two teams clash at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
A later contest between these two teams is also one of six Pacers' games to be nationally televised.
The Pacers haven't tied or beaten the Raptors in a season series since the 2013-14 campaign.
@ New Orleans Pelicans (Dec. 29, 5:30 AM)
The Pacers need to wait until the New Year's to test the 2019 No. 1 draft pick, Zion Williamson when the Pelicans host them at the Smoothie King Center.
The return leg for this matchup with the young and deep Pelicans squad is set for Feb. 9.
The Pacers swept the season series with the Pelicans last year.
Vs. Golden State Warriors (Mar. 19, 5 AM)
This contest is one of the six Pacers' game to be televised nationally in the United States on ESPN.
Given the date of this matchup, could the Warriors have a healthy Klay Thompson in their line-up?
The Pacers lost both their contests to the Warriors last season but in the 2017-18 campaign, they became the only team to sweep the season series against the California franchise in the Steve Kerr era.
@ Los Angeles Lakers (Apr. 2, 8 AM)
One of the toughest games towards the end of the regular season is certainly the one against the Lakers' superstar duo - LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
This contest is also a challenge as this would be the finale of a three-game California road trip where the Pacers would have played the Kings and Clippers in the previous three days.
This game would also see the team facing off against one of the most successful head coaches in Pacers' history - Frank Vogel.
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