The NBA this very day let out its complete game schedule and national television schedules for networks: TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV for what is known as the “seeding games,” which will take part from July 30 – Aug. 14 to prompt the restarting of the 2019-20 season.
The 22 teams partaking in the season reopening will play eight seeding games each at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The team-by-team schedules for the seeding games have also been made readily accessible 👇🏾.
On Thursday, July 30, the season will resume with a TNT night cap double feature game as the Utah Jazz will face the New Orleans Pelicans – 6:30 p.m. ET and the LA Clippers will match up against Los Angeles Lakers – 9 p.m. ET.
ESPN will lead its resumption game televised with a double feature game on Friday, July 31 and four games on Saturday, Aug. 1. Friday’s double feature game will hallmark the Boston Celtics vs. the Milwaukee Bucks – 6:30 p.m. ET and the Houston Rockets vs. the Dallas Mavericks – 9 p.m. ET. Saturday’s line up on ESPN will begin with a clash among-st the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets -1 p.m. ET.
ABC will showcase two games on Sunday, Aug. 2, with the Portland Trail Blazers going up against the Celtics – 3:30 p.m. ET and the Bucks playing against the Rockets – 8:30 p.m. ET.
NBA TV will broadcast seven games during the preliminary week of the season relaunch, commencing with a clash betwixt the Memphis Grizzlies versus Portland Trail Blazers on July 31 – 4 p.m. ET .NBA✔@NBA
During the season reboot, there will be an utmost of seven seeding games each day across three locations at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Each team will be nominated as the home team in four seeding games and the visiting team in four seeding games. The beginning time for each team’s last seeding game, planned to take part on Aug. 13 or 14, will be realized at a further date in order to supply the most enthralling line ups to a public audience. As part of the restart, the NBA and its broadcast and technology partners are putting resources together to augment game telecasts and bring fans a hypnotic, influencing and amazing state of mind.
The 88 seeding games, which were picked from the remaining 259 regular-season line ups, will tally in connection with the final 2019-20 regular-season standings and regular-season statistics. In the first step of the selection process for the seeding games, the lineups were picked sequentially, beginning from March 11, other than these instances:
• A matchup featured a non-participating team
• A matchup resulted in either team in the matchup exceeding eight total games
• A matchup prevented any participating team from having eight feasible matchups
The following step in the selection process was lineup stabilizing. There were eight instances in which selecting lineups in sequence averted a lineup that was scheduled to be played two more times in the remainder of the regular season from being included among the seeding games. In those cases, one instance of that lineup was added as a seeding game, and instances of repeat lineups planned as seeding games were removed where possible.
For instance: Milwaukee’s two left over regular-season lineups against the Washington Wizards were planned to take part on March 21 and 27 and their two remaining regular-season lineups versus the Brooklyn Nets were planned to take part on April 9 and 15. If lineups for seeding games were handpicked in sequential order only, then the Bucks would have been planned to go against the Wizards twice and the Nets zero times. To stabilize the lineups, a single example of a Bucks-Nets lineup was added as a seeding game and a single example of a Bucks-Wizards lineup was taken out as a seeding game.
The seeding games will finalize on Aug. 14. If a play-in is obligated to influence the eighth playoff seed in either conference, it will take place on Aug. 15-16. The first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs will begin on Aug. 17.