Suns announce 2017-18 NBA schedule

Phoenix’s 2017 draft class, from left, Josh Jackson, Alec Peters and Davon Reed, join the Suns for their 50th season in the Valley.

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Phoenix’s 2017 draft class, from left, Josh Jackson, Alec Peters and Davon Reed, join the Suns for their 50th season in the Valley.

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns will tip off their 50th season in the Valley when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena at 7 p.m. Oct. 18.

Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon Aug. 17. Download the Official Suns Mobile App, sign up for the “In the Post” newsletter at Suns.com or follow the team on social media for a chance to purchase early.

Arizona’s original sports franchise opens the 2017-18 NBA season on Oct. 18, the same date as the team’s very first game on Oct. 18, 1968 against the Seattle SuperSonics. Another milestone for Phoenix comes later in the season when the Suns visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 22, which will be 50 years to the day the NBA Board of Governors granted franchises to Phoenix and Milwaukee on Jan. 22, 1968.

The Suns’ home schedule at Talking Stick Resort Arena is highlighted by visits from the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phoenix will renew Western Conference rivalries at home against the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. Of the Suns’ 41 home games, 21 will be played from Friday through Sunday, including nine Friday night home games, six Saturday home games and six Sunday home games.

Phoenix’s home schedule includes a season-long six-game home stand from Nov. 6-16, when they will host the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Lakers and Rockets. The Suns open the season with four of their first five games in the Valley and conclude the season with five of their final eight games at home with their home finale coming against the Warriors on April 8.

Phoenix will play 15 back-to-back sets this season, two of which will be two home games on consecutive days (Nov. 10-11, Feb. 23-24).

Phoenix is scheduled to appear on national television 13 times, including one game on TNT, three games on ESPN and nine on NBA TV.