Pacers to open three-game preseason slate Dec. 12 at Cleveland

Justin Holiday and the Indiana Pacers will play three games in a shortened NBA preseason.
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The NBA released a condensed 49-game preseason schedule Friday, with teams playing two to four games starting Dec. 11.

Preseason contests will continue through Dec. 19. Teams begin training camps next week.

The Pacers will play their first preseason game in Cleveland on Saturday, Dec. 12, and will play the Cavaliers again Monday, Dec. 14. Indiana will wrap up its preseason at home against the 76ers on Friday, Dec. 18.

The league plans to reveal the first half of the 72-game regular-season schedule — that meaning games to be played between Dec. 22 and March 4 — in the coming days. Games for the season’s second half, scheduled as between March 11 and May 16, will be revealed around the midpoint of the season.

Orlando, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Charlotte, Phoenix, Memphis, Cleveland and the Lakers are all scheduled to play four preseason contests.

Indiana, Minnesota, Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Denver, Washington, Utah and the Clippers have three preseason games apiece on their schedules.

Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, the Pelicans and the Heat opted for two-game preseasons.