NBA announce its schedule


The NBA has released its scrimmage schedule in advance of the 2019-20 Season Restart at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. All 22 teams participating will play three scrimmages before the restart officially tips off on July 30. Potential broadcast details will be determined at a later date.

All times are Eastern Standard.
Wednesday, July 22
Orlando Magic vs. LA Clippers (3 p.m.)
Washington Wizards vs. Denver Nuggets (3:30 p.m.)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m.)
Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat (8 p.m.)
Thursday, July 23
San Antonio Spurs vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3 p.m.)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers (3:30 p.m.)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (7 p.m.)
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah Jazz (8 p.m.)
Friday, July 24
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3:30 p.m.)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics (5 p.m.)
Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, July 25
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Orlando Magic (12 p.m.)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Sacramento Kings (12:30 p.m.)
Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz (4 p.m.)
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs (4:30 p.m.)
LA Clippers vs. Washington Wizards (8 p.m.)
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 26
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (12 p.m.)
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics (1:30 p.m.)
Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks (4 p.m.)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Toronto Raptors (6 p.m.)
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8 p.m.)
Monday, July 27
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3 p.m.)
Sacramento Kings vs. LA Clippers (4 p.m.)
Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets (5:30 p.m.)
Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets (7 p.m.)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m.)
Tuesdays, July 28 
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat (2 p.m.)
Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns (3 p.m.)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Indiana Pacers (4 p.m.)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6 p.m.)
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets (8 p.m.)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8:30 p.m.)

WHOLE NEW GAME
88 GAMES, 22 TEAMS, 23 DAYS UNTIL RESUMPTION OF SEASON


Based on a competitive format approved by the NBA Board of Governors and the NBPA, 22 teams will return to play during the 2019-20 NBA season. The 22 teams consist of the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

The season is expected to resume on July 30 with participating teams competing in eight “Seeding Games.” The match ups for the Seeding Games will be based on the regular season games that were originally scheduled to be played after March 11, 2020 (when the hiatus began), selected in chronological order (eliminating games as necessary to create a feasible schedule). The Seeding Games will not necessarily be played in the same order that the match ups were originally scheduled to occur during the regular season.

If the team with the eighth-best combined winning percentage (regular season games and Seeding Games) in a conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined winning percentage in that conference, then the team with the eighth-best combined winning percentage will be the eighth seed in the playoffs, and no Play-In Game(s) would be played, for that conference.

Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the first round of the playoffs will begin on August 17. The first day of the playoffs may move up if no Play-In Games are necessary to finalize the 16-team playoff field. The playoffs will be played in a traditional format (16 teams and four rounds in best-of-seven-games series). Once a participating team’s season is over, the team’s travel party will depart Orlando after completion of the health and safety protocols applicable to departing teams.

The eight remaining teams will compete in the Conference Semifinals beginning on or around August 31 and concluding no later than September 13.