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NBA to announce 2012-13 schedule Thursday at 7 p.m.

Guard Ray Allen responds to a question during

Guard Ray Allen responds to a question during a news conference after signing an NBA basketball contract with the Miami Heat. (July 11, 2012) Credit: AP

The NBA announced Wednesday that the league will unveil the 2012-13 schedule on NBA TV, Thursday at 7 p.m.

According to a press release, the show will "highlight the season's most anticipated games including those scheduled for Kia NBA Tip-Off '12, [...] Christmas Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day."

Opening night for the 2012-13 season is on October 30, with the Celtics taking on the Heat in Miami, according to reports. The NBA All-Star Game will take place on February 17, and the NBA playoffs start on April 20.

The lockout-shortened 2011-12 season opened on Christmas Day with five games, including Knicks-Celtics at Madison Square Garden.

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