With the NBA board of governors approving a restart of the 2019-20 season using a 22-team format in Orlando, Florida, games will get started again on July 31.
There will be eight regular-season “seeding” games, according to reporting from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There’s a potential play-in tournament that would determine an eighth seed for the playoffs.
The plan is contingent on the NBA coming to an agreement with Walt Disney Co. to use the Walt Disney Resort for all games, practices and housing.
Training camps are supposed to begin between July 9-11 in Orlando, according to WOJ’s sources. The postseason will run all the way into football season, with Game 7 of the NBA Finals scheduled for Oct. 12.
The hope is that the 2020-21 campaign would start by Christmas Day. The eight teams who aren’t invited to Orlando are in discussions with the league for some sort of summer league and OTAs (similar to those during the NFL’s offseason) in September.
Players will be allowed to play golf at Disney World and eat at outdoor restaurants. They’re expected to follow social-distancing guidelines in those situations.
If a player tests positive for COVID-19, he’ll be removed from the team and put in quarantine to get medical treatment. The rest of the team will play on while each player is tested daily.
Players are going to be allowed to have a limit of three family members with them, with some exceptions, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania.
The 22 teams are composed of the top eight teams in each conference, in addition to six other clubs that are within six games of eighth place. Washington is the only franchise from the Eastern Conference.
The five other squads are New Orleans, Portland, San Antonio, Sacramento and Phoenix.
The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has sent out updated odds to win the 2020 NBA championship.
As of this past Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers were +250 ‘chalk’ to win the NBA Finals. The next-shortest odds belonged to the Milwaukee Bucks (+275).
Brooklyn stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant have both said that they won’t be healthy enough to participate. Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic (20.2 points per game) had season-ending wrist surgery on May 19. Also, it came out today that LaMarcus Aldridge’s season is over for the Spurs.
There are also odds on who will be the eighth seed in each conference:
Brooklyn is the -140 favorite to be the No. 8 seed in the East, while Memphis is the -150 ‘chalk’ in the West. Zion Williamson and the Pelicans have +400 odds.