On Friday evening, the NBA announced the schedule for the eight-game seeding round of its 22-team restart.

All 22 teams invited to the bubble will participate in the seeding round, which will run from July 30 to Aug. 14. Then, possible play-in games plus the 16-team playoffs will run from Aug. 15 to Oct. 13, at the latest.

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Some quick takeaways from the press release with which the league announced the news, and ESPN’s schedule release telecast:

  • Conference semifinals will begin Aug. 31; Conference finals on Sept. 15; Finals on Sept. 30 (last day for Game 7 will be Oct. 13)

  • Stats accrued over the eight seeding games will count towards regular season statistics for 2019-20

  • However, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, those stats will not count towards bonuses in player contracts

Now, for the schedule itself:

Opening Games (National TV)

July 30

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans — 5:30 p.m. CT (TNT)

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers — 8 p.m. CT (TNT)

July 31


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers — 3 p.m. CT (NBATV)

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics — 5:30 p.m. CT (ESPN)

Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks — 8 p.m. CT (ESPN)

Full Seeding Game schedule

Seeding Game Schedules by team

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