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NBA schedules 49 pre-season games between December 11-19

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Ahead of the 2020-21 season start on December 22, the NBA have scheduled a total of 49 pre-season games which will commence from December 11. The practice games will help the teams with some valuable experience before the season and also allow the players to regain match fitness after a noteworthy break.

The preseason window will range from December 11 to 19. (InsideSport/ CBS Sport)

Each team is scheduled to play at least 2 practice matches in the pre-season window which will culminate on December 19. Defending champions Los Angeles Lakers will contest the highest pre-season matches, with four matches scheduled against their name.

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The Lakers will open the preseason with a matchup against the LA Clippers and will face the Phoenix Suns twice in Arizona. Have a look at the entire fixture list below:

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“Each NBA team will play a minimum of two and a maximum of four games as part of the league’s 49-game preseason schedule.  Every team will play at least one home game and one road game in the preseason.  The national television schedule for preseason games will be announced at a later date,” NBA’s official website stated

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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will get an essence of their new home for the season in Tampa Bay with one home game out of the three scheduled matches. The 2019 NBA Champions were not given an exception to the current quarantine rules set in place by the Canadian government and as a result, will contest their home games in Florida itself.

NBA regular-season schedule to be released in two segments

NBA preseason to take place Dec. 11-19: report | Canoe.Com
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With the release of the pre-season schedule, the NBA will declare the regular-season schedule in two divisions. The fixtures for the first half of the season is expected to be out shortly.

The second half of the season will comprise of the regular matches as well as the fixtures that had to be shifted due to issues brought upon by COVID-19. While usually, the regular season comprises of 82 matches per team, but this time around, franchises will only contest in 72 matches.

The season is supposed to kick-off during the October window, but this time around, due to the unprecedented circumstances, the league was forced to alter their calendar and force a December start. Several players reportedly wanted a longer break and requested a January start.

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