It likely will take some time for this Nets team to get comfortable with one another, and playing a majority of games at home to open the season should help build that chemistry. Brooklyn not only opens the season at home against the Warriors, Kevin Durant’s former team, but they will play host in nine of their first 12 games. They will be tested, though, as their opponents are expected to compete in their respective conferences.
The Nets will play the Celtics in Boston on Christmas Day, three nights after meeting the Warriors, then they’ll get their first back-to-back two nights later against the Hornets and Grizzlies. The matchup with Memphis begins a six-game homestand and a stretch that will see Brooklyn play at home for eight of nine. The one road game in that stretch, at Memphis on Jan. 8, could be an enticing letdown spot, but it’s more likely that Durant does not make the trip as the Nets are back for two more home games after that.