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Heat Release 2011-12 Schedule

The NBA released the revised, 66-game schedule for the 2011-12 season in a special program on NBATV today. Although some predicted the Miami Heat would receive a brutal schedule featuring several match-ups against elite teams with fewer games against weaker teams – to generate T.V. ratings for the league, of course – the schedule doesn’t look too bad, at least at first glance.

For starters, the Heat only have one set of three games in three nights – every NBA team has between one and two such sets. Miami’s one comes Feb. 12-14, with road games against the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.

Miami begins the season with two high-profile games, visiting Dallas Dec. 25 for the season opener and debuting at AmericanAirlines Arena against Boston two days later. But after the first two games, the schedule eases up on the Heat, with games against Charlotte, Minnesota and other non-playoff teams going into January. The Heat’s first game against the Lakers is set for Jan. 19 in Miami at 8 p.m. on TNT, and the Eastern Conference champions will host the Bulls Jan. 29. Additionally, the HEAT will play 18 back-to-backs, and one back-to-back-to-back from February 12-14.

The Heat go on the road for much of February and March, but the second month of 2012 features only one game against a team that made it past the first road of the playoffs – and that team is the Atlanta Hawks. The Heat host the Knicks Feb. 23; in a bit of a surprise, Miami will only visit Madison Square Garden once, April 15. Miami starts March on a three-game West road swing with games against Portland, Utah and the Lakers and other trips to Chicago and Oklahoma City later in the month. The Heat host the defending champion Mavericks March 29. On paper, March looks like the Heat’s toughest month, and Miami suffered through a five-game losing streak last season in March.

The last month of the regular season features mostly home games, but the Heat won’t get a lot of rest: the Heat do not get more than one day off and have four sets of back-to-backs in April.

Miami will have 11 home games in January, and 10 in April. The month in which Miami plays the highest number of games is January, when the HEAT hits the hardwood 17 times. The month the HEAT is on the road the most is March, with 10 games away from AmericanAirlines Arena. The revised schedule contains 27 games that remain unchanged (date & opponent) from the original schedule, and another 22 games that are the same date, but are against different teams.

Below is the complete list of the schedule:

 

DECEMBER

18* Sun. ORLANDO 6:00 PM SUN

21* Wed. @ Orlando 7:00 PM SUN/NBA TV

25 Sun. @ Dallas 2:30 PM ABC

27 Tues. BOSTON 8:00 PM TNT

28 Wed. @ Charlotte 7:00 PM SUN

30 Fri. @ Minnesota 8:00 PM SUN

* - Preseason game

 

JANUARY

1 Sun. CHARLOTTE 6:00 PM SUN

2 Mon. ATLANTA 7:30 PM SUN

4 Wed. INDIANA 7:30 PM SUN

5 Thurs. @ Atlanta 8:00 PM TNT

7 Sat. @ New Jersey 7:30 PM SUN

10 Tues. @ Golden State 10:30 PM SUN

11 Wed. @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM SUN/ESPN

13 Fri. @ Denver 10:30 PM SUN/ESPN

17 Tues. SAN ANTONIO 7:30 PM SUN

19 Thurs. L.A. LAKERS 8:00 PM TNT

21 Sat. PHILADELPHIA 7:30 PM SUN

22 Sun. MILWAUKEE 6:00 PM SUN

24 Tues. CLEVELAND 7:30 PM SUN

25 Wed. @ Detroit 7:30 PM SUN

27 Fri. NEW YORK 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN

29 Sun. CHICAGO 3:30 PM ABC

30 Mon. NEW ORLEANS 7:30 PM SUN

 

FEBRUARY

1 Wed. @ Milwaukee 8:00 PM SUN

3 Fri. @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM SUN

5 Sun. TORONTO 1:00 PM SUN

7 Tues. CLEVELAND 7:30 PM SUN

8 Wed. @ Orlando 7:00 PM SUN

10 Fri. @ Washington 7:00 PM SUN

12 Sun. @ Atlanta 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN

13 Mon. @ Milwaukee 8:00 PM SUN

14 Tues. @ Indiana 7:00 PM SUN

17 Fri. @ Cleveland 7:30 PM SUN

19 Sun. ORLANDO 3:30 PM ABC

21 Tues. SACRAMENTO 7:30 PM SUN

23 Thurs. NEW YORK 7:00 PM TNT









DATE DAY OPPONENT TIME TV

MARCH

1 Thurs. @ Portland 10:30 PM SUN/TNT

2 Fri. @ Utah 9:00 PM SUN

4 Sun. @ L.A. Lakers 3:30 PM ABC

6 Tues. NEW JERSEY 7:30 PM SUN

7 Wed. ATLANTA 7:30 PM SUN/NBA TV

10 Sat. INDIANA 7:30 PM SUN

13 Tues. @ Orlando 7:00 PM SUN

14 Wed. @ Chicago 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN

16 Fri. @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN

18 Sun. ORLANDO 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN

20 Tues. PHOENIX 7:30 PM SUN

23 Fri. @ Detroit 7:30 PM SUN

25 Sun. @ Oklahoma City 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN

26 Mon. @ Indiana 7:00 PM SUN

29 Thurs. DALLAS 8:00 PM TNT

30 Fri. @ Toronto 7:00 PM SUN

 

APRIL

1 Sun. @ Boston 3:30 PM ABC

3 Tues. PHILADELPHIA 7:30 PM SUN

4 Wed. OKLAHOMA CITY 8:00 PM SUN/ESPN

6 Fri. MEMPHIS 7:30 PM SUN

8 Sun. DETROIT 6:00 PM SUN

10 Tues. BOSTON 7:00 PM SUN/ESPN

12 Thurs. @ Chicago 8:00 PM SUN/TNT

13 Fri. CHARLOTTE 7:30 PM SUN

15 Sun. @ New York 1:00 PM ABC

16 Mon. @ New Jersey 7:30 PM SUN

18 Wed. TORONTO 7:30 PM SUN

19 Thurs. CHICAGO 8:00 PM TNT

21 Sat. WASHINGTON 7:30 PM SUN

22 Sun. HOUSTON 6:00 PM SUN/NBA TV

24 Tues. @ Boston 8:00 PM SUN/TNT

26 Thurs. @ Washington 8:00 PM SUN