The league's suspension of its season on March 11, followed by the cancellation of NCAA March Madness, sent a clear signal across the USA about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.
If the gap between eighth place and ninth place in either conference is four games or less when the shortened regular season ends, those teams will go head-to-head for the No 8 seed.
All 22 teams will live and compete within a bubblelike environment at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World, where contact with outsiders can be strictly limited.
The NBA has approved a plan to restart the suspended 2019-20 season at a designated hub at Disney World in Florida, with a tentative start date of July 31.
The contending National Basketball Association teams ranked higher in the standings will not gain the traditional home-court advantage with action resuming at a single location.
The start of the 2020-21 regular season is tentatively slated for December 1. The East features Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Indiana, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Orlando, with Washington as the final team hoping to rise into postseason position. On Thursday, ESPN posted a series of graphics on Twitter celebrating the return of the league.
NBC will be hosting a virtual Kentucky Derby featuring Triple Crown winners
With Saturday's victory, Nadal picked up 100 Kentucky Derby points and moved into first place on the leader board. Larry Collmus, who calls the Triple Crown races for the network, called the computerized Derby.
If the team with the eighth-best combined record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference, then the team with the eighth-best record would earn the eighth playoff seed. The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery would be moved to August 25 and the 2020 NBA Draft would take place on October 15.
The league wants teams to start training camps in their home cities on 30 June before travelling to Orlando on 7 July.
"I was surprised to see it", said NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
After eight regular-season games called "seeding games, " there will be a play-in event between the Nos. The World Cup format included a five-team group play stage as the first round of the playoffs with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semifinal.
"The Board's approval of the restart format is a necessary step toward resuming the NBA season", said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The season for the eight teams not in playoff contention, including the Wolves, likely ended in March.