(CBS Native Sports activities) — The NBA has reportedly finalized a plan to renew play, shut to a few months after it suspended its season. The league introduced the plan to their board of governors on Thursday.
The NBA’s Board of Governors has voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, supply tells ESPN.
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Within the plan, 22 groups, together with 13 from the Western Convention and 9 from the Japanese Convention, would resume play on July 31. To qualify, a workforce must be not more than six video games out of a playoff spot.
The 22 resuming groups will play eight “common season” video games to arrange seeding for the playoffs. After that brief schedule, 16 groups will advance to the playoffs — eight from the West and eight from the East. A brief play-in spherical will decide the eighth seed if any workforce is inside 4 video games. The playoffs will start in August.
For the eight groups that don’t resume play, their seasons are over.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics had beforehand clinched playoff spots. With solely eight video games left, the Miami Warmth, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and Houston Rockets are locked in too. The Dallas Mavericks, with a seven-game lead on the Memphis Grizzlies, appear more likely to make the postseason.
After that, issues may get a little bit dicey. The Grizzlies maintain the eighth seed within the West. However the Portland Path Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns all sit inside six video games. Within the East, the Brooklyn Nets at the moment maintain the seventh seed and the Orlando Magic the eighth seed, with the Washington Wizards inside six video games of each.
All video games would performed on the ESPN Broad World Of Sports activities advanced on the Disney campus close to Orlando, Florida.
The NBA season went on hiatus on March 11, quickly after Utah Jazz participant Rudy Gobert examined constructive for coronavirus. All main sports activities leagues remained dormant via Might and have solely lately revealed plans to reopen.