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NBA Releases Plan For 66-Game Regular Season

Now that the NBA's players and owners have a tentative agreement to end the lockout, the league has released the structure of what is to be a 66-game schedule. The key points:

-- The regular season will run from Dec. 25 to April 26. Each team will play 48 conference games and 18 non-conference games. Teams are expected to play about two more games per month, according to the Sun-Times report.

-- The playoffs run from April 28 to June 26.

-- To save some time, teams will play on back-to-back-to-back days at least once, but no more than three times.

-- Back-to-back games are possible in the second round of the playoffs.

-- Bulls training camp is expected to begin Dec. 9, giving the team 16 days to prepare for their opener.

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