According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA is expected to pass a 22-team format to return to Orlando which is expected to begin on July 31. This is expected to pass when the Board of Governors meet on Thursday. The season will go until October 12.
What is interesting about this is that the other six teams to join the 16 current playoff teams are the Washington Wizards, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Sacramento Kings, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns.
All of these games will be played in Orlando, Florida. Each team is going to play eight NBA regular-season games before the playoffs begin. The NBA playoffs are the heartbeat of the NBA season. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Also, the play-in format requires a double-elimination format for the 8th seed, a single-elimination for the 9th seed, per sources.
Also, if the 9th seed is more than four games behind the 8th seed, number eight makes the playoffs. If it is fewer than four games, there will be a play-in tournament.
What this means is that the ninth seed will have to beat the eighth seed twice to make it to the playoffs in the play-in tournament.
They are also playing these eight regular-season games for seeding purposes.
But before the seedings and other things can be finalized, teams will begin to train at their own practice facilities in July. After that, teams will then have a full training camp in Orlando before games begin.
With the 22 teams left, the standings for the Eastern Conference are 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) and 9. Washington Wizards (24-40).
In the Western Conference, the standings are 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) and 13. Phoenix Suns (26-39).
I am very curious to see how the standings are going to shake up in these eight games. I don’t think a whole lot will change, but you never know. Eight games is another for teams to get their feet wet and get ready for the postseason.
What is not known is how long will each playoff series be and when will it begin? I am sure that the postseason will begin in a two-three week span. Each team would probably play four games a week. Then, you would have to see what happens after that.
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