NBA sets 2-part schedule release, play-in tourney

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Andrew LopezESPN

The NBA announced the structure and format for the 2020-21 season Tuesday night, including how exactly the upcoming schedule will be released.

The schedule will be released in two halves — what the league is calling the First Half and the Second Half. The schedule for the First Half of the season, which will run from Dec. 22 to March 4, will be released around the start of training camp, set for Dec. 1.

The league won’t release the schedule for the Second Half until later in the First Half. That will include the rest of each team’s 72 regular-season games that weren’t previously scheduled, as well as any games that were postponed in the First Half of the season that “can reasonably be added” to the rest of the schedule.

Dec. 11-19: Preseason games
Dec. 22-March 4: First half of regular season
March 5-10: All-Star break
March 11-May 16: Second half of regular season
May 18-21: Play-In tournament
May 22-July 22: Playoffs

The All-Star break is set to take place March 5-10, between the two halves.

The Second Half of the season will run from March 11 to May 16. The play-in tournament will

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