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New Information on Compressed Schedule

Howard Beck of the New York Times has received some information on what the new, compressed 66 game schedule will look like in terms of format.

  • The season will run from Dec. 25th to April 26th, pushing the regular season back a week or two.
  • Teams will average 3.9 games a week, up from a normal 3.5.  This is about 2 extra games a month.
  • Each team will play at least one back-to-back-to-back, and most teams will play is 3.  Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated did the math from the 1999 lockout, and the winning percentage on the third night is essentially the same as the 2nd night of a back-to-back.
  • Teams will play 48 games in-conference (compared to the usual 52), and 18 games out-of-conference.  This means that not all teams will visit all cities.
  • The 2nd round of the playoffs will feature at least one back-to-back set to help shorten the playoff time frame.  This affects the Kings the least of all the changes, because they won't need as much rest as the other teams in the playoffs due to their youth.