With a new collective bargaining agreement in place, NBA owners have more time to get their teams back on the court.
And with NBA players in a collective bargaining process for the first time since 1999, we’re starting to get some ideas of how the schedule will look in 2017-18.
While most NBA fans probably won’t get to see all the teams, there are plenty of interesting tidbits to explore.
Here are some highlights: The Rockets (16-20) will play the Clippers (16 of 20) at Staples Center, home of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, for the second time this season.
The Rockets are coming off a loss at the hands of the Kings, who they’ve defeated in eight straight games.
They also defeated the 76ers last month, and they’ll be looking to get back on track when they face the Warriors in Brooklyn.
The Pelicans (14-21) will host the Suns (14 of 19) for the seventh time this year.
The Suns won the season series last year with the Pelicans, and this year they’re looking to rebound from a 6-21 start.
They’ll face the Hornets in Las Vegas, the Hornets at home against the Kings in Sacramento, and the Clippers at home vs. the Grizzlies.
The Lakers (15-20), who have lost seven straight, will visit the Pelicans in New Orleans for the third time this campaign.
This will be the third straight visit to the city for the Lakers.
They lost their previous meeting to the Pelicans on Jan. 15, 2017.
The Knicks (12-23), who are coming in to the season with a 17-14 record, will play against the Nets (13 of 19).
The Knicks have dropped six straight, and it will be their fifth game in Brooklyn this season, which was also their first trip to Brooklyn since 2008-09.
The Nets have lost six straight and are coming into this season as the favorite to make the playoffs, but the Knicks have been one of the NBA teams to get a bounce back from a down season.
New York will host Philadelphia (11 of 19), who were the league’s worst team in terms of scoring (39.3 ppg), defensive efficiency (95.0) and offensive efficiency (83.2).
They’ve also been outscored by a combined 14.9 points per 100 possessions.
The Sixers are coming back from their first 0-3 start since 2009-10, and are currently tied for second in the Eastern Conference with a 15-13 record.
The Pistons (11-20-1), who’ve won four of five, will travel to Orlando for the fourth time this week.
They’ve been outrebounded by the Magic, who are currently fourth in the NBA in total rebounds (4,742) and tied for first in assists (1,611).
They’re coming off back-to-back wins, but coach Stan Van Gundy will be looking for a second straight win over Orlando.
They play the Lakers on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
ET at the Amway Center.
The Bucks (11.5-23) are in their first visit to Milwaukee since 2009, when they were the Bucks.
They’re currently sitting at 2-9.
The Hornets (10-19) will visit Charlotte for the eighth time this month.
The Grizzlies (10.8-24) will face the Celtics (10 of 20), who they lost in the first round of the playoffs last season.
They were eliminated by the Raptors in six games last season and they’re coming into the season as favorites to make a run.
The Hawks (9-23-1) will open the season against the Jazz (11/21) for a third straight game.
The Jazz were the team that won the 2016 NBA Championship, and will look to repeat that feat.
The Spurs (10 and 11), who finished a disappointing 7-16 last season, will host Memphis for the fifth time this term.
They will also play the Grizzlies on Thursday in San Antonio.
The Timberwolves (9.3-22) are coming out of a stretch of eight straight losses and have dropped four straight.
The Wolves lost to the Raptors last season in seven games.
The Pacers (8-23, 6-24-1, 2nd in the East) will be on the road to host the Pistons (8 of 20).
The Pistons lost four straight last season to the Bucks and Heat, and have now lost seven of their last eight.
They are coming home for the 12th time this offseason and are already on pace to become the first team to win their last nine games at home.
The Celtics (8.5 and 12-19-1).
The Celtics have been outscoring opponents by a cumulative margin of 14.6 points per game this season (28.0 per game over their last 17 games).