Start making your plans. The 2012-2013 Indiana Pacers schedule is out. It opens up on Halloween night against the Raptors in Toronto, and ends on April 17th with the Pacers hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. In between, your Blue-and-Gold will be trying to see if they can build on last year’s success.
Here are some highlights of the upcoming season:
- The Pacers play their first two on the road (@ Toronto and @ Charlotte), before hosting the Sacramento Kings in Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, November 3rd. That is their only home game in their first six tilts. After the quick stop in Indy, they venture out on a three-game road trip to San Antonio, Atlanta, and Minnesota.
- Former Pacers Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones will be back in the Fieldhouse on November 16th, when the Mavs come to town. Indianapolis native Eric Gordon and the 2012 # 1 draft pick Anthony Davis visit with the New Orleans Hornets on November 21st.
- Indiana makes their first of two four-game road trips at the end of November with their seemingly annual post-Thanksgiving West Coast swing to face the Lakers, Kings, and Warriors, before finishing up at Chicago. Their second four-game trip comes in late March, when they head down to Texas to face the Rockets and Mavs, then swing further west to play the Suns and Chris Paul’s Clippers.
- The defending Champion Heat come to town twice, on January 8th and February 1st. The Pacers only visit Miami once, on March 10th.
- With a full 82-game schedule spread over a normal season, there will be no more crazy back-to-back-to-back sets, but the Pacers will play 21 back-to-back sets, including 4 in November and 6 in December.
- February brings both the All Star break, and lots of Pacer home dates. Nine of the 11 Pacer contests will be played in the Fieldhouse, and adding a January 30th date hosting the Pistons makes a stretch of 10 games in 12 at home that will have a meaningful impact on the Pacers’ playoff seeding.
- For the first time in a very long time, the Pacers have some schedule national TV appearances. They play on TNT twice, hosting the Knicks on January 10th and visiting Boston on April 16th. They are on ESPN/ESPN3 five times, including games against the Heat and the Thunder.
Get your tickets. It all starts in just over 96 days.