Disney took to DisneyParksBlog to share the good news that Walt Disney World Resort is about to become the center of the pro basketball world this summer. The National Basketball Association officially announced it will finish its 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World Resort. The season, which was interrupted by the pandemic, will resume in July with team practices and games played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Disney goes on to share, “Game play will resume on July 30 with 22 teams (the eight teams in each conference with the highest current winning percentages and the six teams currently within six games of the eighth seed in either conference) competing to determine seeding for the NBA Playoffs. The playoffs will feature 16 teams and the NBA Finals will end no later than October 13 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All games will be held without spectators.”
The NBA schedule has been released. Chris Haynes, Senior NBA Insider for Yahoo Sports, shares the full schedule in a Tweet:
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CBS reports, As far as the structure of the schedule goes, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the following notes:
- There will be a maximum of seven games per day.
- Tip-offs will range from noon ET to 9 p.m. ET.
- There are three total courts. Two of them are set up for nationally televised games.
The top eight teams in each conference were selected along with six teams (five in the Western Conference, one in the Eastern Conference) that were within six games of the eighth seed in their respected conference when the season was suspended on March 11. All of the teams will play eight “seeding games” starting on July 30, then begin a typical playoff format that will culminate in October. Should the No. 9 seed in either conference finish within four games of the No. 8 seed, that would trigger a play-in scenario in which the No. 9 team would have to beat the No. 8 team twice in a row to steal their playoff spot.
We don’t know about you, but we’re SO ready to watch some basketball on TV once again!