NBA announces game and national television plans for “Seeding Games” to restart the 2019-20 season
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 27, 2020 / – The season will be on July 30th with Jazz vs. Pelicans and Clippers vs. Lakers continued in TNT double header. ESPN match coverage will be broadcast on July 31 with Celtics vs. Bucks and Rockets vs. Mavericks restarted
The NBA released its today complete game plan (https://on.nba.com/2YEwJ3i) and national television programs for TNT (https://on.nba.com/3dFo9pg), ESPN (https://on.nba.com/2Vl0KTJ), ABC (https://on.nba.com/2BO68ry) and NBA TV (https://on.nba.com/2BiRdps) for the “seeding games” that will be played from July 30th to August 14th to indicate the resumption of the 2019-20 season.
The 22 teams participating in the restart of the season each play eight seeding games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The team-by-team schedules for the seeding games are available Here (https://on.nba.com/2Vo8swK).
The season continues on Thursday, July 30, with a TNT double header, while Utah Jazz compete against the New Orleans Pelicans and the LA Clippers compete against the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN will round off its restart game broadcasts with a double header on Friday, July 31, and four games on Saturday, August 1. The double header on Friday will show the Boston Celtics against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets against the Dallas Mavericks. Saturday’s schedule on ESPN begins with a matchup between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.
ABC will present two games on Sunday, August 2nd, in which the Portland Trail Blazers compete against the Celtics and the Bucks against the Rockets.
NBA TV will air seven games on the first week of the season’s restart, starting with a matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers on July 31.
During the restart of the season, there will be a maximum of three seeding games per day at three locations in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Each team is called the home team in four seeding games and the visiting team in four seeding games. The start time for each team’s last seeding game, scheduled to take place on August 13 or 14, will be determined at a later date to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience. As part of the restart, the NBA and its broadcasting and technology partners are working to improve game broadcasting and provide fans with a comprehensive, interactive viewing experience.
The 88 seeding games selected from the remaining 259 regular season matchups are considered for the final 2019-20 regular season rankings and regular season statistics. In the first step of the selection process for the seeding games, the matchups were selected chronologically from March 11, except in the following cases:
- A matchup consisted of a non-participating team
- A matchup resulted in both teams playing more than eight games
- A matchup prevented a participating team from having eight possible matchups
The second step in the selection process was matchup balancing. There were eight cases in which the chronological selection of matchups prevented a matchup that was to be played twice in the course of the regular season from being included in the seeding games. In these cases, an instance of this matchup was added as a seeding game, and instances of repeated matchups as seeding games were removed if possible.
For example: Milwaukees two remaining regular season matchups against the Washington Wizards should be played on March 21st and 27th, and her two remaining regular season matchups against the Brooklyn Nets should be played on April 9th and 15th. Seeding games were only in chronological order Order selected, the Bucks should have played the wizards twice and the Nets zero. To balance the matchups, an instance of a Bucks-Nets matchup was added as a seeding game and an instance of a Bucks-Wizards matchup as a seeding game was removed.
The seeding games end on August 14th. If a play-in is required to determine the eighth playoff seed at one of the conferences, it will take place on August 15th and 16th. The first round of the NBA Playoffs 2020 starts on August 17th.
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