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The second most appearances on national TV. And no long road trips!

Find out when this place will be rockin'
Find out when this place will be rockin'
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The Thunder have released their schedule for the 2015-16 NBA season. As expected, the Thunder will open the season against the Spurs in OKC on October 28th. The Thunder will also play a Christmas Day game against the Chicago Bulls in OKC.

National TV

The Thunder will have 24 of their 82 games broadcast on national TV. Only the Warriors and Cavaliers will appear on national TV more often than the Thunder, at 25 games a piece. Specifically, the Thunder will appear in 10 games on ESPN, 9 games on TNT, and 5 games on ABC. NBATV will air 9 Thunder games as well, but these aren't considered national TV appearances. As usual, Fox Sports Oklahoma will be the primary Thunder broadcaster. FSOK is committed to doing 71 games this year, with the remaining 11 games being national-TV only. All games will be broadcast on the Thunder radio network. The Thunder's number of games on national TV is exactly the same as last year, aside from a two game uptick in NBATV appearances.

Road Trips

Somehow, the Thunder managed to avoid a long road trip this season. The longest voyage away from OKC will only last four games, and that will only occur twice. All of the other road trips will be only one or two games long. The trade-off is that the Thunder will have no long home stands, either. The longest string of home games in the schedule is only four games long. In the past, the Thunder have had home stands and road trips last as long as six or seven games.

In terms of home-road balance, the Thunder will have it easy early in the season. Seven of the Thunder's nine November games will be at home. The Thunder will also have nine games at home compared to just six games on the road during the month of December. Conversely, the last six weeks of the NBA calendar will be very difficult. 15 of the Thunder's final 23 games will be on the road, including seven of their last nine.

Saturday-Sunday

The Thunder have always been very fond of Sunday home games, and that trend continues this season. In 2014-15, the Thunder had 11 home Sunday appearances. In 2015-16, the Thunder will clock in with 10. The two most obvious reasons for the Sunday home games are to utilize an earlier start time and avoid conflicts with college football. As such, the Thunder's three Saturday home games this season will occur after college football has already ended.

Who and When

The toughest stretch of an NBA schedule has always been the dreaded four games in five nights. This season, the Thunder will not play any of those. Accordingly, four game in five night stands will only occur 27 times this year, down from 70 last year. However, OKC will have to slug it out through 16 back to backs. 14 of those 16 back-to-backs will involve travel between cities. Overall, the league average of back to back games is 17.8 per team, down from 19.3 last season.

As is standard for NBA schedules, the Thunder will play opponents in their division four times, opponents in their conference three or four times, and opponents in the other conference two times. Basically, that means the only thing that changes from year-to-year is how many times the Thunder play the 10 out-of-division Western conference teams. This year, the Thunder will play the Warriors, Suns, Grizzlies, and Pelicans three times. The Clippers, Kings, Lakers, Rockets, Spurs, and Mavericks will all play the Thunder four times.

Full Schedule

Subject Start Date Start Time Location Description End Date End Time
Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio 10/28/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. San Antonio Spurs on ESPN 10/28/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Orlando 10/30/2015 6:00 PM Amway Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic 10/30/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Denver 11/01/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Denver Nuggets 11/01/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Houston 11/02/2015 7:00 PM Toyota Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets on NBATV 11/02/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Toronto 11/04/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Toronto Raptors 11/04/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Chicago 11/05/2015 7:00 PM United Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Chicago Bulls on TurnerNetworks 11/05/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix 11/08/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Phoenix Suns 11/08/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Washington 11/10/2015 6:00 PM Verizon Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Washington Wizards on NBATV 11/10/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Philadelphia 11/13/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Philadelphia 76ers 11/13/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Boston 11/15/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Boston Celtics 11/15/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Memphis 11/16/2015 7:00 PM FedExForum Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies 11/16/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. New Orleans 11/18/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. New Orleans Pelicans on ESPN 11/18/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. New York 11/20/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. New York Knicks 11/20/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Dallas 11/22/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Dallas Mavericks 11/22/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Utah 11/23/2015 8:00 PM EnergySolutions Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz 11/23/2015 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Brooklyn 11/25/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Brooklyn Nets 11/25/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Detroit 11/27/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Detroit Pistons 11/27/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Atlanta 11/30/2015 7:00 PM Philips Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Atlanta Hawks 11/30/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Miami 12/03/2015 6:00 PM American Airlines Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Miami Heat on TurnerNetworks 12/03/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Sacramento 12/06/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Sacramento Kings 12/06/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Memphis 12/08/2015 7:00 PM FedExForum Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies 12/08/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Atlanta 12/10/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Atlanta Hawks 12/10/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Utah 12/11/2015 8:00 PM EnergySolutions Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Utah Jazz 12/11/2015 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Utah 12/13/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Utah Jazz 12/13/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Portland 12/16/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Portland Trail Blazers 12/16/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Cleveland 12/17/2015 7:00 PM Quicken Loans Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Cleveland Cavaliers on TurnerNetworks 12/17/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. L.A.Lakers 12/19/2015 4:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Los Angeles Lakers 12/19/2015 4:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ L.A.Clippers 12/21/2015 9:30 PM Staples Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers on NBATV 12/21/2015 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ L.A.Lakers 12/23/2015 9:30 PM Staples Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers on NBATV 12/23/2015 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Chicago 12/25/2015 1:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Chicago Bulls on AmericanBroadcastingCompany 12/25/2015 1:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Denver 12/27/2015 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Denver Nuggets 12/27/2015 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Milwaukee 12/29/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Milwaukee Bucks on NBATV 12/29/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix 12/31/2015 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Phoenix Suns 12/31/2015 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Charlotte 01/02/2016 6:00 PM Time Warner Cable Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Charlotte Hornets 01/02/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Sacramento 01/04/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Sacramento Kings 01/04/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Memphis 01/06/2016 8:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Memphis Grizzlies on ESPN 01/06/2016 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ L.A.Lakers 01/08/2016 9:30 PM Staples Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN 01/08/2016 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Portland 01/10/2016 8:00 PM Moda Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers 01/10/2016 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Minnesota 01/12/2016 7:00 PM Target Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Minnesota Timberwolves 01/12/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Dallas 01/13/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Dallas Mavericks 01/13/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Minnesota 01/15/2016 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves on ESPN 01/15/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Miami 01/17/2016 6:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Miami Heat 01/17/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Denver 01/19/2016 8:00 PM Pepsi Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets 01/19/2016 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Charlotte 01/20/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Charlotte Hornets 01/20/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Dallas 01/22/2016 7:30 PM American Airlines Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks 01/22/2016 7:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Brooklyn 01/24/2016 2:30 PM Barclays Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Brooklyn Nets 01/24/2016 2:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ New York 01/26/2016 6:30 PM Madison Square Garden Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ New York Knicks 01/26/2016 6:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Minnesota 01/27/2016 7:00 PM Target Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Minnesota Timberwolves 01/27/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Houston 01/29/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Houston Rockets on NBATV 01/29/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Washington 02/01/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Washington Wizards 02/01/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Orlando 02/03/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Orlando Magic 02/03/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Golden State 02/06/2016 8:00 PM ORACLE Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors on ESPN 02/06/2016 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Phoenix 02/08/2016 8:00 PM US Airways Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns on NBATV 02/08/2016 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. New Orleans 02/11/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. New Orleans Pelicans on TurnerNetworks 02/11/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Indiana 02/19/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Indiana Pacers on ESPN 02/19/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Cleveland 02/21/2016 2:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers on AmericanBroadcastingCompany 02/21/2016 2:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Dallas 02/24/2016 7:30 PM American Airlines Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks 02/24/2016 7:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ New Orleans 02/25/2016 7:00 PM Smoothie King Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans Pelicans on TurnerNetworks 02/25/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Golden State 02/27/2016 7:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Golden State Warriors on AmericanBroadcastingCompany 02/27/2016 7:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Sacramento 02/29/2016 9:00 PM Sleep Train Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Sacramento Kings on NBATV 02/29/2016 9:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ L.A.Clippers 03/02/2016 9:30 PM Staples Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers on ESPN 03/02/2016 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Golden State 03/03/2016 9:30 PM ORACLE Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors on TurnerNetworks 03/03/2016 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Milwaukee 03/06/2016 2:30 PM BMO Harris Bradley Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Milwaukee Bucks 03/06/2016 2:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. L.A.Clippers 03/09/2016 8:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Los Angeles Clippers on ESPN 03/09/2016 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Minnesota 03/11/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 03/11/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ San Antonio 03/12/2016 7:30 PM AT&T Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs on AmericanBroadcastingCompany 03/12/2016 7:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Portland 03/14/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Portland Trail Blazers 03/14/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Boston 03/16/2016 6:00 PM TD Garden Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Boston Celtics on ESPN 03/16/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Philadelphia 03/18/2016 6:00 PM Wells Fargo Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Philadelphia 76ers 03/18/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Indiana 03/19/2016 6:00 PM Bankers Life Fieldhouse Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers 03/19/2016 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Houston 03/22/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Houston Rockets on TurnerNetworks 03/22/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. Utah 03/24/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Utah Jazz 03/24/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio 03/26/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. San Antonio Spurs on NBATV 03/26/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Toronto 03/28/2016 6:30 PM Air Canada Centre Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Toronto Raptors 03/28/2016 6:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Detroit 03/29/2016 6:30 PM Palace of Auburn Hills Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Detroit Pistons 03/29/2016 6:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. L.A.Clippers 03/31/2016 8:30 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Los Angeles Clippers on TurnerNetworks 03/31/2016 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Houston 04/03/2016 2:30 PM Toyota Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Houston Rockets on AmericanBroadcastingCompany 04/03/2016 2:30 PM
Oklahoma City @ Denver 04/05/2016 8:00 PM Pepsi Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets 04/05/2016 8:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Portland 04/06/2016 9:00 PM Moda Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers 04/06/2016 9:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ Sacramento 04/09/2016 9:30 PM Sleep Train Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ Sacramento Kings 04/09/2016 9:30 PM
Oklahoma City vs. L.A.Lakers 04/11/2016 7:00 PM Chesapeake Energy Arena Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder Vs. Los Angeles Lakers 04/11/2016 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City @ San Antonio 04/12/2016 7:00 PM AT&T Center Regular Season - Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs on TurnerNetworks 04/12/2016 7:00 PM

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