National Basketball Association to vote Thursday on final plan to continue season

Ruben Hill
June 3, 2020

There is the belief the NBA will offer such a plan to the Players Association, ESPN reported, after shutting down the season on March 11 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The league reportedly plans to resume the regular season on July 31 and finish playoffs by October 12.

The proposal which is forthcoming, according to the report, will be a compromise: 22 teams.

The proposal reportedly includes the 16 teams now slotted for playoffs seeds and six additional teams.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, each of the 22 teams will play eight games in order to determine seeding. The ninth-place team would then have to win two straight head-to-head games to unseat the eighth seed.

The NBA's 22-team format at Orlando's Disney World would bring the 16 teams now in a playoff spot, six additional teams, and include a play-in tournament for the eighth seed, sources said.

Joining the 16 current playoff teams in Orlando will be the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs in the West and the Washington Wizards in the East, sources told ESPN.

Should the league's bubble idea come into play, higher-seeded teams in the playoffs will no longer possess home court advantage against their opponents given how they will not be playing on their home floor. The East's Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls are the only teams now within eight games of a playoff spot that will not be invited. Under that scenario, the eighth-seeded team would need to be defeated twice to lose their right to advance.

As per Wojnarowski, the Board of Governors intends to approve the format on a call Thursday afternoon.

The NBA has seemingly become more willing to start the 2020/21 season much later than usual in the hopes that by the time opening night arrives, fans will be allowed back in arenas.

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