After this Corona virus After all that has ended the NBA season, basketball returned inside at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on Thursday Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Negotiations between the league and the National Basketball Players Association led to a new deal that allowed the game to resume after a Break of almost five monthsBut the last professional basketball games of 2020 will be different than every year before.

The top 22 of the league's 30 teams will play eight games to end the regular season. Of these, the seven best teams will advance in each conference, with the final eighth starting point in each conference being determined by a potential play-in tournament ahead of the traditional 16 team playoffs.

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Although the Walt Disney World theme park itself is open, social distancing Requirements mean that fans will not participate in any of the NBA games. But the players themselves are already there and learning all the strange new rules that are necessary for life in the bubble.

The seeding games continued on Friday with some exciting competitions. James Harden detonated for 49 points and led the Rockets in extra time over Kristaps Porzingis (who had 39 himself) and the Mavericks, while another overtime game left the blazers behind the grizzlies. Today three teams that played on the first night are returning at 6 p.m. against the star-studded clippers, including the Pelicans and Zion Williamson. ET (3:00 p.m.), then LeBron James and the Lakers meet with a team from Toronto that plays their first game of restart at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:50 p.m. PT).

After basketball has finally kicked off, here's everything we need to know about the highly anticipated return of the NBA and how to follow the action.

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Toronto Raptors on ESPN tonight.

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How long is the season?

The NBA resumed its regular season on July 30 and ends on August 14. If applicable, all games will take place on August 15 and 16.

Each of the invited teams will play eight games in the regular season to find out the seeds and prepare for the playoffs. The exact schedule for each of the teams can be found on NBA.com, although games are generally played all day, at least for most of the last few weeks of the regular season.

When do the playoffs start?

The playoffs start on August 17th. If necessary, game 7 of the NBA final will take place on October 13th at the latest.

What NBA games are there on TV today?

There are four games on ESPN today and one that is not televised nationwide. For August 1st, the following are available:

  • Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets at 1PM ET (10AM PT) on ESPN
  • Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Clippers at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)
  • Los Angeles Lakers v Toronto Raptors, led by Pascal Siakam at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:50 p.m. PT) on ESPN

How can I watch the NBA restart on TV?

As in a regular non-COVID season, you can expect ABC and ESPN to broadcast Disney games, with ABC broadcasting the NBA final. ESPN was previously announced as the exclusive TV network for the final of the Eastern Conference 2020.

Games will also be broadcast by AT & T's Turner Sports, which operates TNT and "manages" the NBA digital division of the league, which also includes NBA TV. The network is a close NBA partner and broadcasts several regular season games and most of the playoff games weekly. TNT was previously announced as the exclusive TV network for the 2020 Western Conference finale.

In addition to the TNT dual header of July 30, the NBA has released its national television plan for restarting with games on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

Regional sports networks such as local Fox Sports channels, the YES network (Brooklyn Nets) or Spectrum SportsNet (LA Lakers) are likely to be involved in the last eight games of the regular season.

Those who have paid for the League Pass, the NBA's out-of-market offering, which allows viewers to watch each game, can continue to watch through their TV provider or online after the season ends. Those who paid for the service monthly will be re-billed from July 30th. (Billing was interrupted in March when the league was closed.)

Those wishing to receive the League Pass for the rest of the regular season can pay $ 29 for the rest of the year or $ 40 for the League Pass Premium, with the commercials in exchange for a feed in the arena during the All year round, breaks and quarter breaks are dropped.

A few quick things to keep in mind: League Pass doesn't include NBA TV by default (it's available as a $ 20 add-on for both packages), so you won't be able to watch national games on NBA TV.

This service also prevents you from watching games that are broadcast on television in your region, including those that are broadcast on a regional sports network or at a national provider (such as ESPN, ABC, NBA TV or TNT).

You don't need cable or satellite television to watch the games on ESPN or TNT. Most channels are offered on four of the major live TV streaming services, although not all streaming services offer ABC, TNT, and NBA TV, and you should check to see if your local sports network is included.

Sling TV's $ 30 per month Orange package includes ESPN and TNT, but not ABC. If you want NBA TV, you'll also need to subscribe to the Sports Extra add-on for an additional $ 10 a month.

Read our Sling TV test.

FuboTV recently signed a contract to add ESPN and ABC (if available) to its "this summer" offer, but has not yet announced an date. When the channels are added, three of the four main channels will be offered: ABC, ESPN and NBA TV if you get the standard package for $ 60 a month plus the Fubo Extra add-on for $ 6 a month (for NBA) TV.

TNT is no longer available on FuboTV.

Read our FuboTV test.

AT&T TV Now includes ABC, ESPN and TNT with a plus package of $ 55 a month. Some regional sports networks, such as those in New York and Los Angeles, are available for $ 80 per max. However, NBA TV is not included until you receive the Xtra package for $ 124 a month.

Read our AT&T TV Now report.

Which teams are in?

The 22 teams that were invited to restart in Orlando include the 16 teams that would currently qualify for the playoffs, and six teams that are six games or less from the eighth and final playoff starting value of their respective conferences.

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
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  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn nets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards

Western conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Utah jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Memphis grizzlies
  • Portland Trail Blazer
  • New Orleans pelicans
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Phoenix Suns

The other remaining eight teams are all ready for the year and can prepare for the off-season and the NBA draft, which will take place on October 16. Good luck next year, Knicks fans.

Which players are sitting outside?

Regardless of whether it is an injury, positive COVID-19 tests or some other reason, e.g. For example, if you are concerned about getting injured or getting the corona virus, there are a number of notable players who skip the restart. Here are some from July 22nd.

  • Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets)
  • DeAndre Jordan (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Taurian Prince (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
  • Wilson Chandler (Brooklyn Nets)
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz)
  • Willie Cauley-Stein (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Avery Bradley (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
  • Davis Bertans (Washington Wizards)
  • Thabo Sefolosha (Houston Rockets)
  • Trevor Ariza (Portland Trail Blazer)

Among the listed players, Jordan, Prince and Dinwiddie recently tested positive for the corona virus.

I found out last night and confirmed again today that I tested Covid positively when I was back on the market. As a result, I will not be in Orlando to resume the season.

– DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre), June 30, 2020

Pacers star Victor Oladipo originally planned to delay the restart, but now appears to be ready to play.

How does the play-in tournament work?

According to a FAQ published on NBA.com, it would all go like this:

"If the team with the eighth best record in their conference were more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth best record in the same conference, no play-in tournament would be required. The last playoff spot would simply go." the team with the eighth best record (regular season games plus seeding games) "in the respective conference.

But the site goes on, "when the team set the eighth best record in their conference is four games or less ahead of the team with the ninth best record in the same conference, we fight for the last place between these two teams.

"The tournament would (basically) be a best-of-two series – in which the number 9 would have to win two head-to-head matchups to take 8th place."

Where do the games take place?

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Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex will be home to the NBA action.

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The NBA uses three different venues on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus: the HP Field House, the Visa Athletic Center, and a location that Disney calls "The Arena".

The HP Field House was previously used as the venue for an NCAA Division I basketball tournament for men called Orlando Invitational. The next tournament with Auburn, Michigan State and Gonzaga is currently on Thanksgiving weekend.

Where are the players? What will you do if you don't play?

The players, team members as well as their staff and families are divided into three different Disney objects: the Grand Destino, the Grand Floridian and the Yacht Club.

The hotels are ranked by team ranking, with top seeds like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors and Clippers staying at the Grand Destino, which opened last year. Teams that are in the playoff bubble – like the blazers, kings, and pelicans – are staying at the Disney Yacht Club.

Sources: NBA teams Disney Hotels based on seeding:

-Grand Destino: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
-Grand Floridian: Thunder, 76s, rockets, pacemakers, outsiders, nets, grizzlies, magic
-Yacht Club: blazers, kings, pelicans, spurs, suns, magicians

– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania), June 16, 2020

As Stadium and The Athletic & # 39; s Shams Charania notes, players who are not playing can take part in other games, attend screenings and play video games, as well as use pools, hiking trails, hairdressers, manicurists and pedicurists.

On the NBA's ORL campus:

– Hotel facilities: Lounge for players only (NBA 2K, TV, games), pool / hiking trails, hairdressers, manicurists, podiatrists
– 24 hour VIP concierge
– Daily entertainment: film screenings, DJ sets, video games, table tennis, pool, lawn games
– Players can take part in other games

– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania), June 16, 2020

Ping-pong is also available, but only single games. Doubles are not allowed to maintain social distance, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN emphasized.

My favorite detail in the 113-page health and safety log for Orlando that was shared with the teams in the last few minutes: no doubles at table tennis. "Unless the NBA determines otherwise, players should only play singles so that they can be two meters apart."

– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn), June 17, 2020

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