The NBA announced the structure and format for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday night, including exactly how the upcoming schedule will be published.
The schedule will be published in two halves – what the league calls the First Half and the Second Half. The schedule for the first half of the season, which will run from December 22 to March 4, will be published around the start of the training camp, scheduled for December 1
The league will not publish the schedule for the second half until later in the first half. This will include the remaining 72 matches of each team’s regular season that have not been scheduled, as well as all matches that have been postponed during the first half of the season that can “reasonably be added” to the rest of the schedule.
The All-Star holiday will take place on March 5-10 between the two halves.
The second half of the season will last from March 11 to May 16. The tournament will take place from May 18 to 21, before the playoffs become known on May 22.
Each NBA team will play teams within its conference three times for a total of 42 games, while twice playing teams from the opponent’s conference (30 games).
Within the division of each team, the league has already determined which opponents will be played twice at home and which will be played twice on the road.
After that, each division within a conference will play twice all five teams from another intra-conference division at home and all five teams from the rest of the division twice on the road.
The league said the board of governors unanimously approved the proposal for a one-year tournament for Thursday’s vote. The teams with the seventh and eighth highest victory percentages will have two chances to qualify for the playoffs, while the teams with the ninth and 10th highest victory percentages will have one chance.
“Seven Eight Matches” will be between the teams ranked seventh and eighth, while the “Nine Ten Matches” will include the teams ranked ninth and tenth. The winner of the Game at seven and eight will continue in the playoffs. The loser will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Games, as previously announced.
The NBA Finals are scheduled to run until July 22. With the Summer Olympics set to begin on July 23rd – and the men’s qualifiers for the remaining four places in the field from June 29th to July 4th – this will almost certainly eliminate a number of players considering taking part in the Olympics. .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.