NBA announces how it will make up 72-game schedule

NBA announces how it will make up 72-game schedule

The NBA has revealed the format and structure for the 2020-21 season, which will begin on December 22.

Each team will play three games against teams in their own conference (42 total games per team; division games randomly assigned to determine which two opponents will be played twice at home and twice on the road) as well as two games against each interconference opponent (30 total games per team; one home and one away).Another announcement of note included the National Basketball Association schedule being revealed in two segments.

Every division inside a gathering will at that point play each of the five groups from another intraconference division twice at home, and each of the five groups from the leftover division twice out and about. Teams will play the remaining 30 games against the opposite conference - one at home and one on the road in a return to cross-country travel and playing in arenas after completing last season in a "bubble" environment.

The schedule for the season will be announced in two parts. The NBA Board of Governors noted in announcing the changes that the season would be established in two segments - the first December 22-March 4, followed by the All-Star break (March 5-10), with the second half of the season March 11-May 16.

The playoffs will include a play-in tournament, scheduled for May 18 to 21.

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The second-half schedule will comprise the remaining 72 games and will include any that were called off in the first half, with the threat of coronavirus-enforced postponements still present.

The All-Star break is scheduled for March 5-10. Teams with the seventh-highest through the tenth-highest winning percentages in each conference will play. In this new setup, the teams with the seventh-highest and eighth-highest winning percentages will have two opportunities to win one game and earn a playoff spot. All dates as per Eastern Time (ET).

The second half is March 11 to May 16, with the play-in tournament May 18-21.

Earlier today, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved a proposal to implement a playoff Play-In Tournament on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season. The first half of the season then runs December 22 through March 4, followed by an All-Star break March 5-10 - though the All-Star Game in Indianapolis was scrapped. Meanwhile, the ninth and 10th teams in the standings will need to win two consecutive games to get a postseason berth. The No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will face each other with the victor moving on to the playoffs.

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