The NBA Board of Governors in early June approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-2020 season, with 22 teams returning to play beginning Friday, July 31. The NBA is finalizing a restart plan and is working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts, and government officials to establish a program to prevent and mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
Based on the competitive format the NBA Board of Governors approved, the 22 returning teams would be the 16 teams in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.
The NBA and The Walt Disney Company have agreed to allow the NBA to use the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, as a single site for a campus for all games, practices, and housing for the remainder of the season.
Each returning team would play eight seeding games, as selected from its remaining regular-season match-ups. At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best combined records across regular-season games and seeding games would qualify for the playoffs. If the team with the eighth-best combined record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference, then the team with the eighth-best record would earn the eighth playoff seed.
The 2019-20 season would conclude with a traditional playoff format with best-of-seven series in the first round, conference semifinals, conference finals and the NBA Finals.
Sadly, the Golden State Warriors will not be a part of the resumption of the NBA season. They have had an injury-ridden season. They will reload next year and be ready to compete with a healthy Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins.
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