The NBA is tailoring its usual 82-game schedule down to just 66 games to accommodate the lockout-shortened timeframe. According to the New York Times’ Howard Beck (@howardbecknyt), the key elements of the 66-game NBA schedule are starting to take shape. Those elements include:
• A 66-game schedule that runs from December 25 to April 26. (Last year’s regular season ended on April 13). Teams will, on the average, play two extra games per month.
• Every team will play one of the dreaded back-to-back-to-back sets (i.e., three games in three days). Some teams will play as many as three of them.
• Teams will play 48 games against conference foes and 18 games against the opposite conference.
• Every second-round playoff series will include at least one pair of back-to-back games to shorten the timeframe of the playoffs.
With only 18 games against Western Conference teams, the Bucks won’t have a chance to play a home-and-home series with each of the West’s 15 teams. As a result, it is quite possible that Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, and Dirk Nowitzki may not be making a visit to the Bradley Center this season.