NBA to present plan for return: 22 teams in Orlando beginning in late July

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The NBA Board of Governors is predicted to ratify a plan to return the league to play in a name Thursday, in keeping with a number of studies.

The plan would carry 22 of the NBA’s 30 groups to Orlando, Fla., to renew the season on the ESPN Wide World Of Sports advanced on the Disney campus. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, every workforce will play eight extra regular-season video games to find out playoff seeding beginning round July 31 earlier than the postseason begins.

So the NBA’s inviting 22 groups to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season video games per workforce. Play-in for the eighth seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify.
The NBA’s again.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 3, 2020

In addition to the 16 groups presently in playoff spots — eight in every convention — six groups which are nonetheless in playoff rivalry can be invited.

According to ESPN, if, by the top of the eight regular-season video games, the ninth seed is greater than 4 video games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed qualifies for the playoffs. A play-in match can be held whether it is fewer than 4 video games.

Here’s a rundown of which groups can be invited, per ESPN.

Eastern Conference

1. Milwaukee Bucks (53-12)

2. Toronto Raptors (46-18)

3. Boston Celtics (43-21)

4. Miami Heat (41-24)

5. Indiana Pacers (39-26)

6. Philadelphia 76ers (39-26)

7. Brooklyn Nets (30-34)

8. Orlando Magic (30-35)

9. Washington Wizards (24-40)

Western Conference

1. Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)

2. Los Angeles Clippers (44-20)

3. Denver Nuggets (43-22)

4. Utah Jazz (41-23)

5. Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)

6. Houston Rockets (40-24)

7. Dallas Mavericks (40-27)

8. Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)

9. Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)

10. New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)

11. Sacramento Kings (28-36)

12. San Antonio Spurs (27-36)

13. Phoenix Suns (26-39)

There are nonetheless some components of the restart plan that might be modified, and different issues are nonetheless being negotiated — resembling how a lot of a proportion of their contracts that gamers will lose as a result of some regular-season video games can be canceled.

The NBA suspended its season March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz grew to become the primary participant within the league to check optimistic for the coronavirus. That got here solely hours after the vast majority of the league’s house owners have been leaning towards enjoying video games with out followers in arenas.

Information from the Associated Press was used on this report