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.