The Sixers boast new head coach Doug Collins and rookie Evan Turner, as well as recently acquired center Spencer Hawes and forward Andres Nocioni, currently rehabbing a sprained ankle.
For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the Sixers will be without center Samuel Dalembert, who was traded in June. But the team will return promising point guard Jrue Holiday, swingman Andre Iguodala, and power forward Elton Brand.
The Sixers will have played nearly half of their road schedule by Jan. 3, including an eight-game road stretch over the holidays. Their schedule also features a five-game trip at the beginning of November, and a five-game trip in the middle of March.
The Sixers' longest home stand is four games over nine days, beginning Dec. 4.
Some of the marquee home matchups include games against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant on Dec. 17, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Dec. 9 and March 11, and Dwight Howard's Orlando Magic on Feb. 9 and April 11.
The Sixers will play 21 sets of back-to-back games, and six before the end of November.
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