Beck: 2011-2012 NBA Schedule Details

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Howard Beck of The New York Times reports the following basics for the new 2011-2012 NBA schedule, which will include 66 regular season games rather than a typical 82-game season.

It will run Dec. 25-April 26.

Teams will avg 3.9 games/week, up from usual 3.5/week. About 2 extra games per month.

Every team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back set (i.e. 3 straight nights), and up to 3 back-to-back-to-back sets during season.

Teams will play 48 games in-conference (4 fewer than usual) and 18 games out-of-conference. Thus, not all teams will visit all cities.

During normal seasons, teams play 52 conference games and 30 non-conference games.

A drop from 30 non-conference games (15 road games against Eastern Conference teams) to 18 non-conference games (9 road games against Eastern Conference teams) theoretically means a significant reduction in total miles traveled for the Portland Trail Blazers, who play their home games in the NBA's version of the middle of nowhere.

UpdateHere are the same details laid out a little bit more cleanly by NBA.com.

Regular Season Start Date: December 25, 2011
Regular Season End Date: April 26, 2012
Playoffs Start Date: April 28, 2012
Last Possible Finals Date: June 26, 2012

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

Back to Back to Backs: All teams with at least 1; no more than 3
Playoff Back to Backs: Possible in second round

Once the new schedule is released, it will be important to note which Eastern Conference teams the Blazers play once versus those they play twice. Home-and-homes with Charlotte, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto or Detroit have never been so eagerly anticipated!

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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