NBA schedule out Tuesday; 5 Christmas games

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NBA commissioner David Stern said the 2011-12 season is expected to start on Christmas Day. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

The NBA released the lineup for Christmas Day/Opening Day of the season with five games scheduled, instead of three.

Of course, the start of the season remains contingent on ratification of the CBA, which is expected next week.

The full NBA schedule will be released Tuesday night on a special on NBATV at 7 p.m.

The first game of the 66-game season will be Boston at New York in Madison Square Garden at noon (TNT).

ABC has an afternoon doubleheader with an NBA Finals rematch as Miami travels to Dallas and will get to watch in person as the Mavericks hoist the championship banner. Tipoff if 2:30 p.m.

The next ABC game has the Chicago Bulls visits the Los Angeles Lakers, with a 5 p.m. tipoff.

ESPN then takes over with two games -- Orlando at Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. and then the West Coast game with the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State at 10:30 p.m.

The 76ers will play two preseason games against the Washington Wizards,on Dec. 16 at the Verizon Center and Dec. 20 at the Wells Fargo Center. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Ticket information will be available at a later date, the Sixers said. 

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