NBA To Approve 22-Team Playoffs Format
The NBA’s board of governors is expected to approve the 22-team format proposal for the season comeback in Orlando, Florida today. The conference meeting and the final approval takes place today, Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. ET. This is very exciting news for NBA betting fans and Bitcoin sportsbooks as we begin to see the world of sports betting unfold once again.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, both NBA insiders, released the report today. According to them, the league gears toward the format already. After rejecting the previously proposed postseason play-in tournament due to logistic issues, the board settled for the 22-team format.
About The 22-Team Format
Under the new format, each of the 22 teams will play eight regular-season games in Orlando, Florida to settle the ongoing seedings for the playoffs. The structure is based on each team’s schedule. 16 current NBA playoff teams will join six additional teams in the lineup. Meaning, we’ll have low-seeded players like ninth-seed Portland Trail Blazers, seventh-seed Brooklyn Nets, and eighth-seed Orlando Magic in the arena. The 12th-seed New York Knicks didn’t make the cut.
Here’s a sample breakdown of the format by Charania:
“If the ninth seed is more than four games behind the eighth seed, the eighth seed earns the playoff spot; if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind, then the eighth and ninth seed will enter a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for ninth.”
As the new format demands 22 teams to play, the NBA will impose strict COVID-19 protocols at the Walt Disney World Resort. Health professionals discourage all sports leagues to host matches with an audience, but the league plans to welcome guests soon.
The NBA’s initial measures are as follows:
- Players unable to shower in the arena would need to do so in their respective hotels
- Bench players would sit in spread-out rows, inactive players would sit in the stands
- No guests until the playoffs
The restart of the season begins on July 31, while the last game in the NBA Finals could take place on October 12. If everything goes as expected, the draft and free agency period would follow the conclusion of the 2020 season.