The Detroit Pistons had to wait quite awhile for their 2011-12 schedule due to the NBA lockout forcing the league to go with a 66-game season this year, but the team found out Tuesday night that they will open with a road game against the Indiana Pacers the day after Christmas on Dec. 26. The team's first home game will take place two days later when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Detroit.
The Pistons won't be on national television until April when they travel south to visit the Atlanta Hawks for a Friday night affair that will appear on NBA TV. Their only other national TV appearance currently scheduled will take place the following Friday when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Due to the lockout, the league also had to schedule several teams to play three consecutive nights. The first time the Pistons have to that will be at the end of January when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 30, the New York Knicks the night after and then finally the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 1 before a one-day layoff before a weekend slate that will feature home games against the Bucks and and New Orleans Hornets.
The worst stretch for the Pistons will take place from March 12 through the 30 because, as Vincent Goodwill notes, the team will play nine of its 10 games on the road.