NBA releases 66-game schedule
The NBA released its truncated 66-game schedule Tuesday night, and it will make for a season unlike any other.
The shortened campaign will require every team to play games on three straight nights at least once. Teams will play 48 conference games and 18 against the opposite conference.
The season will get going with five contests on Christmas Day: Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas, Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando at Oklahoma City, and the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State.
The Lakers, who play games on the first three days of the season, will face Boston, Miami and New York twice this season.
Other schedule oddities include Denver playing five games in six nights over the new year, while Atlanta has a stretch of nine games in 12 nights to open the campaign.