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PORTLAND -- The Trail Blazers will open their season Monday, Dec. 26 with a 7 p.m. tipoff against Philadelphia.

The game begins a three-game home stand, with a Dec. 27 game against Sacramento, then Denver on Dec. 29.

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The strike-shortened season, the Blazers' 42nd year in the NBA, will have 66 games, exactly half away. All the games will be on television, either through KGW NewsChannel 8, national networks or the Trail Blazers Broadcast Television Network.

The schedule calls for five of the last six games to be on the road, a six-game road trip in mid-January and a seven-game trip in March.

The champion Dallas Mavericks play in Portland on April 13, Eastern Conference champions Heat on March 1 and the Lakers on Jan. 5.

Head Coach Nate McMillan on Wednesday finalized his coaching staff for the season with Bernie Bickerstaff, Bob Ociepka, Buck Williams, Kaleb Canales and Dean Cooper.

Larry Greer was added as an assistant coach and Dan Dickau as player development assistant, the team said.

Greer has spent the past four seasons as an advance scout with the team and Dickau, a former Trail Blazer who played in the NBA for six seasons, begins his first year on the coaching staff.

Single-game tickets go on sale Dec. 13 at noon. Pre-sale package offers are available at trailblazers.com. Season tickets and group packages are available the website or by calling (503) 797-9600.

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