The moment that sports fans, gamblers, handicappers and sports traders alike have been waiting for has finally come! On June 4th, the NBA became the first major league to announce a date for the resume of competition. The league will be back in action on the 31st of July with 22 teams participating. All games will be played in the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
Here’s our breakdown on all you need to know about basketball’s return.
What will the rest of the NBA season look like?
The NBA was the first league to go on a hiatus on March 11th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s only fitting that they are the first to announce their comeback as well.
The league was innovating on various solutions on finishing the season and eventually landed in this format where 22 of the 30 teams will be competing. Essentially, the teams who still have a shot at making the playoffs are returning, and the ones that don’t get to enjoy their summer holiday.
The league will restart with eight “seeding games” to determine the playoff seeds. These games are picked from the remaining schedules of each participating team. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers look to have secured the number one seeds in their conferences, being 6.5 and 5.5 games ahead of the rest of the pack. But the rest of the field will be fighting for home court advantage or their spot in the 2020 postseason.
There’s a potential for a play-in tournament for the eight seed in each conference. To quote the NBA’s press release:
“If the team with the eighth-best combined record in its conference (Team A) is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference (Team B), then Teams A and B would compete in a play-in tournament to determine the eighth playoff seed. To earn the eighth playoff seed, Team A would need to defeat Team B once and Team B would need to defeat Team A two games in a row.”
Nine teams from the Eastern Conference will participate: the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards.
The Western Conference will be represented by 13 teams, with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns participating.
A week-long training camp starts on the 30th of June, followed by teams heading to Orlando on the 7th of July to prepare for the restart of the season. Exhibition games are expected to be played in some sort of format.
Game 7 of the finals is scheduled to happen on the 12th of October at the latest.
Implications on the NBA Draft, futures investments and the 2020-2021 season
With this new schedule in place, the NBA has tentatively marked the 25th of August as the date for the draft lottery. The actual draft would happen quickly after the season ends, on the 15th of October. Free agency is set to begin on the 18th of October.
Our head trader, John Todora, gave out his system for free for the NFL draft earlier this year. With a 65% overnight ROI, many are eagerly awaiting to see if he has more of the same for us for the NBA draft.
The 2020-2021 season is currently planned to begin on the first of December, with training camps starting on the 10th of November. The players union have expressed their concerns over this timeline. Understandably, the details need to be carefully ironed out, and training camps starting less than a month after the end of the previous season poses its challenges.
We’ve previously covered what happens to futures investments due to paused and cancelled seasons, and now investors have a bit more clarity for their stakes in the NBA. Most bookmakers are expected to cancel and return season total investments, while investments related to season winners and season awards will most likely stand.
The last few months have felt like an eternity for many, but finally we have some light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t wait to get sports back into our lives and start making a killing again in the market here at ScoreMetrics!
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