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.
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)
Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans — 5:30 p.m. CT (TNT)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers — 8 p.m. CT (TNT)
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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