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With the pending agreement to end the NBA lockout, games are slated to begin on December 25th. The league hopes to squeeze in 66 regular season games before beginning the playoffs. This will obviously be a little more hectic than a normal season due to time constraints. Therefore, the schedule needs to be tweaked a little bit to make it all work. After the jump is the press release from the NBA outlining the format of the revised schedule.

Once the CBA deal is officially ratified, updated schedules will be released by the NBA and we'll get a better sense of what the Cavs' schedule looks like. When that comes out, you'll be able to circle opening night on your calendars and fill up the Q like usual.

2011-12 NBA Schedule Breakdown

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

Individual Team Schedule Breakdown

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

via NBA.com (http://www.nba.com/2011/news/11/27/schedule/index.html)