Basketball, as with just about every sport on the planet, has been badly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with the NBA Championship 2019-20 regular season having been suspended on March 11, 2020 as a consequence.
The season finally resumed on Thursday July 30, 2020, with 22 teams to play eight additional games to determine playoff seedings for the 16 teams that will enter the postseason tournament. All games will take place in the “NBA Bubble” at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
The opening games saw the Utah Jazz rally to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104, before the Los Angeles Lakers edged out the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101.
There will be something at stake in the majority of games taking place under the current format, with the teams battling it out for places in the playoffs and seeding positions. Some of the most fascinating games on the horizon include the Raptors and the Celtics, the Pacers against the Lakers, the Jazz against the Mavericks and the Bucks against the Raptors.
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The NBA regular season games are scheduled to be completed on Friday August 14, 2020. If necessary, any play-in series will take place between Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16, 2020 (a best-of-three play-in series will take place should the ninth seed within either conference finish the regular season within four games of the eighth seed. The eighth seed would start with a de facto 1–0 lead, meaning they would need just one win to advance).
The playoffs are scheduled to take place between Monday August 17 and Wednesday September 30, 2020.
The NBA Championship 2019-20 Finals are scheduled for Wednesday September 30 to Monday October 12, 2020.
The Milwaukee Bucks (Eastern) and Los Angeles Lakers (Western) have already claimed their respective Conference regular season titles.
In addition, 13 of the 16 postseason playoff berths are also now confirmed.