NBA Announces Structure and Format for 2020-21 Season

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to begin their title defense in late December the NBA announced. File

The NBA announced the structure and formatting for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday evening, including how exactly the upcoming schedule will be released.

Each NBA team will play 42 intraconference and 30 interconference games in total. The NBA has randomly assigned which opponents will play twice at home or twice on the road.

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. Within each team's division, the league office has arbitrarily doled out which two rivals will be played twice at home and which two adversaries will be played twice on the road.

Not only will the regular season be shorter than usual, but the breakdown of each team's schedule will also be different in 2020-21.

The schedule for the first half of the season will be released around the December 1 start of training camp.

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The playoffs will include a play-in tournament, scheduled for May 18 to 21. There will be a play-in tournament at the end of the regular season, including the 7th-10th seeds, that was determine the final two playoff seedings for each conference.

That tournament will include the teams with winning percentages that rank them between seventh and 10th in each conference.

This season, the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th seeds in each conference will be entered into play-in tournaments. All dates as per Eastern Time (ET).

The play-in tournament was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors on Tuesday. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in that round to claim the final playoff spot and a first-round date with LeBron James and the eventual National Basketball Association champion Los Angeles Lakers. The teams with the ninth-highest and tenth-highest percentages will have to win two straight games to get a berth. The initial outbreak caused the league to postpone play on March 11. The timetable for the First Half of the period, which will run from December 22 to March 4, will be delivered around the beginning of instructional course, set for December 1. Meanwhile, the 9th seed will host the 10th seed (the "Nine-Ten Game") for the 9th seed in the playoffs for its conference. The champ of the Seven-Eight Game in every conference will be the seventh seed in the playoffs for its conference. The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the victor of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the victor of that game will be the eighth seed in the playoffs for its conference.

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