League officials, anticipating a resolution, are quietly preparing for an 82-game season. The N.B.A. has begun calling arenas across the league, asking them to keep dates open in late April, according to arena officials. Each team would lose about 12 to 15 games with a Dec. 1 start. But they could reclaim a half-dozen or so games by extending the season through the end of April, two weeks past its usual conclusion. The rest of the games could be made up by adding an extra two to three games per month.A sliver of hope emerges... I'm cautiously optimistic at this point, that a deal will get done in the next few days. It would be awesome to get a full 82-game schedule in (if nothing else, larger sample sizes!).