NBA Expected To Approve 22-Team Return-To-Play Format

NBA set to resume regular season with 22-team format in Orlando	
				Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

NBA set to resume regular season with 22-team format in Orlando Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

If the No. 9 seed is more than four games behind, the No. 8 seed will make the playoffs.

In the East, the Wizards will have the eight additional regular season games to close their 5.5-game gap behind the No. 8 seed Orlando Magic.

On Tuesday, Wojnarowski tweeted that the league wants clubs back on courts for meaningful action on July 31 and that the last game of the NBA Finals could be scheduled for October 12. However, if the No. 9 team wins, they'll play each other one more time in a victor take all game.

Joining the 16 teams now slated to make the playoffs will be Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix in the West, and Washington in the East. Such a tournament would be double-elimination for the No. 8 seed and single-elimination for the No. 9 seed (ie. a best-of-three series, with the No. 8 seed given a 1-0 lead to start). The distinction will extend the fate of the six best teams on the outside looking in as of the March 11 National Basketball Association standings, including five Western Conference teams and one Eastern Conference squad.

The plan is expected to feature a play-in style tournament for the teams vying for the 8th and final spot. while the others already firmly in the playoffs will play 8 more regular-season games to determine seeding.

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This is a fairly traditional plan, considering the circumstances.

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Players will be allowed to golf and eat at outdoor restaurants in the Walt Disney World Resort, as long as they maintain social distancing, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

The Athletic reported players will need to shower in their hotels, bench players would sit in spread-out rows and there will be no guests in attendance until at least the playoffs. That, however, has to be just the tip of the iceberg.

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