New NBA season: 72 games per team, tip-off December 22

2020 NBA All Star- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Press Conference

The NBA on Tuesday unveiled the structure and format for the 2020-21 season, which is set to begin December 22 and have a 72-game schedule.

Each team will also play two games against teams from the opposite conference, for a total of 30.

The league has randomly assigned which two opponents will be playing twice at home and vice versa.

All teams from a division will additionally play another intraconference division twice at home, facing teams from the remaining division twice on the road. Those games will include either two home games and a road game or one home game and two road games for each team and respective opponent. The schedule for the former is expected to be made public on or about December 1, at the outset of training camp, and the latter part will be released sometime during the First Half.

The aforementioned play-in tournament will comprise teams holding the No. 7, 8, 9 and 10 seeds in each conference at the end of the regular season. 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.

The All-Star break will take place in March and there is no word yet whether there will be an All-Star Game.

This time, the team with the seventh-best record in each conference will host No. 8 in one game.

Under the new format, the team with the seventh-highest winning percentage in each conference will play a home game against the team with the eighth-highest winning percentage in its conference.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will use a play-off tournament to determine the seventh and eighth seeds in the 2020-2021 post-season, according to a new format unveiled by the league on Tuesday (Nov 17). The teams with the ninth-highest and tenth-highest winning percentages in every conference will each need to win two sequential matches to procure a playoff spot. The victor of that game will be the No. 8 seed in the playoffs for its conference.The NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed to a 72-game season last week. Meanwhile, the 9th seed will host the 10th seed (the "Nine-Ten Game") for the 9th seed in the playoffs for its conference. The second half will be announced shortly before the all-star break. The champ of the Seven-Eight Game in every conference will be the seventh seed in the playoffs for its conference.

The pandemic-shortened regular season, reduced to 72 games, will start December 22, and the postseason will open begin May 18.

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