NBA Expected To Approve 22-Team Return-To-Play Format

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Top 22-teams to resume NBA competition under proposal

If the ninth-place team is within four games of the eighth-place team, the two teams will have a play-in tournament for the final spot.

It is believed that the goal of the eight regular-season games will be to give players an opportunity to work themselves back into game shape while also giving teams outside of the top eight in each conference the opportunity to qualify for the playoffs. After the eight games, if either No. 9 seed is within four games of the eighth-place team - which is very likely in the West - there will then be a play-in tournament.

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ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski provided some additional insight in a Wednesday report, as well, stating that the return-to-play proposal would feature each of the 22 teams playing eight regular-season games.

As has been reported for much of the past month, the league's return will take place exclusively at Disney World in Orlando for a myriad of reasons including the fact that it's privately managed.

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The plan is expected to feature a play-in style tournament for the teams vying for the 8th and final spot. while the others already firmly in the playoffs will play 8 more regular-season games to determine seeding. Teams will progress through the schedule as they were prior to the shut down, they'll simply skip games in which they would matchup against a team that didn't make the 22-team bubble.

The board of governors needs a three-fourths passage on the plan but it is reportedly expected to pass overwhelmingly.

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After the regular season and play-in, the league would go to a standard 16-game playoff format, with an Eastern and Western conference playoffs (not 1-16), and seven games per round. The latest the National Basketball Association finals could end will be 12 October, with free agency and the draft set to open after that.

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