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Trail Blazers set to tip-off preseason slate on Oct. 4

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The 2021-22 NBA season will be here before we know it!

This year, training camp will begin on Sept. 28 as the NBA gets back to its typical timetable following two seasons of different scheduling due the pandemic.  

The regular season will tip-off on Oct. 19.

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And now we know the Blazers preseason schedule and what opening night of the 2021-22 season will look like as the NBA announced the slate of nationally televised games for the first day of the season and who will be playing on Christmas Day.

The Trail Blazers will not tip-off the regular season on opening night. 

Portland's exhibition season is set to begin on Oct. 4 when the Trail Blazers host the Golden State Warriors. 


Here's the Blazers entire preseason schedule:

  • Warriors at Moda Center on Oct. 4
  • Kings at Moda Center on Oct. 11
  • On the road vs. Suns on Oct. 13
  • On the road vs. Warriors on Oct. 15

This is the double-header for NBA on TNT for opening night:

  • Warriors vs. Lakers
  • Nets vs. Bucks

As for the Christmas Day games, it will be a fun rematch between the Hawks and Knicks at MSG and a battle between the Nets and Lakers at Staples Center. 

The Trail Blazers will not play on Christmas this year.

Portland last played on Christmas on the road against the Utah Jazz in 2018 when the Blazers were showcased in one of five Christmas Day Games that season including Thunder vs. Rockets, 76ers vs. Celtics, and Lakers vs. Warriors.

That year, the Jazz took it to the Blazers with a big second quarter performance on their way to a 117-96 victory.

The 2018 Christmas Day game marked the first time the Blazers played on Christmas since 2010, when Portland lost to Golden State 109-102.

Portland has played in a total of 18 games on Christmas in Trail Blazers history and are 14-4 overall.

Here's the full schedule for Christmas matchups this year:

  • Hawks at Knicks
  • Nets at Lakers
  • Warriors at Suns
  • Mavericks at Jazz
  • Celtics at Bucks

On April 10th the regular season is set to end with the Play-In Tournament scheduled to run from April 12-15 and Playoffs to begin on April 16.

The rest of the 2021-22 regular season schedules will be released later this week.