NBA announces format for 75th season
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The 2020-21 regular-season schedule will be released in two segments. The schedule for the first half of the season will be released around the start of training camp.
The schedule for the second half of the season will be released during the latter part of the first half portion of the schedule. The second-half schedule will include the remainder of each team’s 72 games not scheduled in the first half as well as any games postponed during the first half that can reasonably be added to the second-half schedule.
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 play-in tournament, which will take place after the regular season and before the first round of the playoffs, will include the teams with the seventh-highest through the tenth-highest winning percentages in each conference.
The teams with the seventh-highest and eighth-highest winning percentages in each conference will each have two opportunities to win one game to earn a playoff spot. The teams with the ninth-highest and tenth-highest winning percentages in each conference will each have to win two consecutive games to earn a playoff spot.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the team with the seventh-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the eighth-highest winning percentage in its conference in a play-in game (the “Seven-Eight Game”). The winner of the seven-eight game in each conference will be the seventh seed in the playoffs for its conference.
The team with the ninth-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the tenth-highest winning percentage in its conference in a play-in game (the “Nine-Ten Game”). The loser of the seven-eight game will host the winner of the nine-ten game in a play-in game, and the winner of that game will be the eighth seed in the playoffs for its conference.
Below is the tentative schedule calendar for the 2020-21 season:
- Dec. 11-19, 2020: Preseason games
- Dec. 22, 2020 – March 4, 2021: First Half of regular season
- March 5-10, 2021: All-Star break
- March 11 – May 16, 2021: Second Half of regular season
- May 18-21, 2021: Play-In Tournament
- May 22 – July 22, 2021: 2021 NBA Playoffs
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