The NBA confirmed on Wednesday the format in which the 2020-2021 season, which will start on December 22, will be played. The “play-in” inaugurated in the Orlando bubble is exceptionally maintained at the end of a 72-game regular season.
The teams are now fixed. The NBA has, in fact, validated the format of the 2020-2021 season and some of its peculiarities following the postponement of the first games to December 22. This 75th season of the North American Championship will be reduced from 82 to 72 games for its regular game.
During this first phase of the season, each team will have three matches against each team from its own conference, for a total of 42 games. To this will be added a home and away match against each of the teams from the other conference, for a total of 30 games. A regular season that will be divided into two parts, the first going from December 22 to March 5 then the second scheduled between March 10 and May 16. In between, the All-Star Break is maintained and will offer players a five-day break. The schedule for this particular 2020-2021 season will not be announced all at once.
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– NBA (@NBA) November 18, 2020
The “play-in” maintained on an exceptional basis
Indeed, the NBA has announced that the program for the first half of the season will be made public around the start of training camps while that of the second half will be unveiled during the first. This second part of the calendar will contain all the matches remaining to be played as well as any match of the first half postponed and which can be “reasonably” added to the program..
At the end of these 72 matches, the first six of each conference will automatically qualify for the play-offs but the last two tickets will be put into play during a “play-in”. The seventh-place team will receive the eighth-place finish for seed number 7 play-offs. The beaten team will have a second chance to qualify sinceshe will receive the winner of a match between ninth and tenth in the standings to be seeded number 8 play-offs. Dams which are however only put in place for this 2020-2021 season with a reduced schedule. The play-offs will start on May 22 with a potential Game 7 of the Finals on July 22, a few days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.
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Provisional calendar for the 2020-2021 season
From December 11 to 19, 2020: Preseason matches
From December 22, 2020 to March 4, 2021: First half of the regular season
From March 5 to 10, 2021: All-Star Break
From March 11 to May 16, 2021: Second half of the regular season
From May 18 to 21, 2021: Play-in
From May 22 to July 22, 2021: Play-offs