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NBA Schedules and Results

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Updated December 07, 2011
A normal NBA regular-season schedule starts around the first of November and runs until late April, with each team playing 82 games. The 2011-12 season, though, will be anything but normal.

An extended work stoppage forced the cancellation of the NBA's annual summer league, shortened training camps and cut preseason schedules down to two games per team. Season openers were pushed from Halloween to Christmas Day.

Each team will play an un-balanced 66-game schedule, structured as follows:

Conference Games: 48

• Play 6 teams 4 times (2 home, 2 away)
• Play 4 teams 3 times (2 home, 1 away)
• Play 4 teams 3 times (1 home, 2 away)

Non-Conference Games: 18

• Play 3 teams 2 times (1 home, 1 away)
• Play 6 teams 1 time at home
• Play 6 teams 1 time away

The unbalanced nature of the slate means some teams will face tougher schedules than others. For example, the Bulls will face New Orleans and Sacramento in non-conference home-and-home matchups, while the Celtics get extra games against Dallas, the Lakers and the Thunder.

The compressed nature of the schedule also means each team will play at least one set with three games in three nights and as many back-to-backs as they would have in a full 82-game season.

2011-12 NBA Schedules

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Central Southeast
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls Atlanta Hawks
New Jersey Nets Cleveland Cavaliers Charlotte Bobcats
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors Milwaukee Bucks Washington Wizards
Western Conference
Southwest Northwest Pacific
Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Minnesota Timberwolves Los Angeles Lakers
Memphis Grizzlies Portland Trail Blazers Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Hornets Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz Sacramento Kings
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