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NBA New Schedule

Last Friday marked the release of the new 2020 NBA schedule. In order to understand exactly how the rest of the 2019/20 season will play out, we’ll go into detail about games, players and NBA teams that will be competing for postseason positions as of July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

With the NBA restart just a month away, the top-rated bookmakers are already posting odds for the 2020 Championship winner. The odds were last updated on June 30, 2020:

2020 NBA Championship Winners Odds 

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Los Angeles Lakers

3.25 3.50 3.25

Milwaukee Bucks

3.50 3.50 3.50

Los Angeles Clippers

4.00 4.00 4.00

Houston Rockets

15.50 15.00 15.00

Boston Celtics

18.00 18.00 18.00

Philadelphia 76ers

19.00 19.00 19.00

Toronto Raptors 

20.00 20.00 20.00

Denver Nuggets

23.00 23.00 23.00

Miami Heat

26.00 26.00 26.00

Utah Jazz

26.00 26.00 26.00

Dallas Mavericks

34.00 34.00 34.00

Brooklyn Nets

51.00 51.00 51.00

We’ll answer questions like; How does the new schedule look? Which teams are the ones to watch? Have the odds to win the title changed during the lockdown? And many more.

The experts here will explore the key questions and leave readers well-informed about the rest of the season. We’ll make some free picks for the games as the season gets underway. But for now, let’s get down to the brass tax.

How does the new schedule look?

The full schedule is now released, with a whole book of regulations regarding players, staff and everyone involved, even housekeeping and food service, to ensure the season goes ahead smoothly.

For now, it’s difficult to predict how it will go. But given the degree of precaution being employed by the NBA, we’d expect the season to play out as was proposed on Friday. The full schedule is listed below.

  • July 1-7/8/9 - Individual workouts for players on the 22 participating teams.
  • July 21 or 22 - Begin intrasquad scrimmages, which will be scheduled and refereed by the NBA.
  • July 9-29 - Team training camps at Disney campus.
  • July 30-August 14 - The NBA restart officially begins, with the matchups based on regular-season games that remained when the league suspended on March 11.
  • August 15-16 - This will be a two-game in-play series to determine the No. 8 in each conference, if necessary. The series would be necessary if the team in ninth place in either conference when the seeding games end is within four games of the No. 8 team. It will be played as a best-of-two series, with the ninth-place team needing to go 2-0 in those games to earn a playoff spot. If these games aren’t necessary then the No. 8 team will move into the conference quarterfinals.
  • August 17 - If the two-game series isn’t necessary then this date would move up to 15-16 August and playoffs would begin. The playoffs will be played under a standard best-of-seven series.
  • August 30 - A limited number of family members and guests will be able to visit the Disney property for the first time.
  • August 31 - September 13 - Conference semifinals
  • September 15-28 - Conference finals
  • September 30 - October 13 - NBA Finals begin.

Which teams will take part in the NBA restart?

There has been much dispute about how to handle the restart. How many teams will take part? Which teams should be invited? The decision has been made and the full list of teams that have been invited is below.

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks (53-12)
  • Toronto Raptors (46-18)
  • Boston Celtics (43-21)
  • Miami Heat (41-24)
  • Indiana Pacers (39-26)
  • Philadelphia 79ers (39-26)
  • Brooklyn Nets (30-34)
  • Orlando Magic (30-35)
  • Washington Wizards (24-40)

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers (49-14)
  • Los Angeles Clippers (44-20)
  • Denver Nuggets (43-22)
  • Utah Jazz (41-23)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24)
  • Houston Rockets (40-24)
  • Dallas Mavericks (40-27)
  • Memphis Grizzlies (32-33)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (29-37)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (28-36)
  • Sacramento Kings (28-36)
  • San Antonio Spurs (27-36)
  • Phoenix Suns (26-39)

The Toronto Raptors are seventh in line to win the Championship title, which would be the second year in-a-row, at 20.00, while the Lakers stand at favorites with the vast majority of sportsbook providers at 3.25.

When will the 2020/21 regular-season start?

Officially, things will kick off on July 30, 2020. Fans around the world feel they have been deprived of their favourite sport and with players keeping fit, the league seems ready to go.

NBA stars will need to get their head in the game and work towards bringing their fitness back up to speed, but once those boxes have been ticked the first games will begin.

The NBA power rankings have the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers as the teams most likely to win it. But, who will lift the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy this year?

When will the WNBA season start?

There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the issue of the restart in the WNBA, with key stakeholders pining for a restart as soon as possible. The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) is hoping to finalize a partnership that would make the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Official Home of the 2020 WNBA season. The aim is to play 22 regular-season games followed by a traditional playoff format.