Portions of Oklahoma City's NBA team's schedule released

By Mike Baldwin Published: July 25, 2008
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban voted against the NBA relocating to Oklahoma City. Fortunately for him, his team will only have to come to the Ford Center once, according to the NBA's schedule makers.

Dates still aren't firmed up, but it's already known how many times each team will visit a city based on a five-year rotation system, according to Matt Winick, NBA Vice President of Operations, who has drawn up NBA schedules for 23 years.

This season the Mavericks and Sacramento Kings are the only two Western Conference teams that will make only one trip to Oklahoma City.

In contrast, Oklahoma City will play only one road game at the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Teams play everyone within their division four times -- two home and two road. Of the remaining 10 conference opponents, a team plays six teams four times -- two home and two road.

A team plays the remaining four conference opponents only three times. For Oklahoma City, those four teams this season are the Mavericks, Kings, Lakers and Rockets.

Western Conference teams play two games each against the 15 Eastern Conference teams - one home and one road.

Oklahoma City Home Schedule:

HOME: (two games): LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Rockets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies.

HOME: (one game): Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, all Eastern Conference teams.

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