NBA Play-In Tournament Playoff Odds by Team, Including Format, 2020 Season Return Date & NBA Finals Schedule

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NBA play-in tournament odds, schedule and format for 2020 NBA Playoffs includes some surprises. | Harry How/Getty Images

When Does the 2020 NBA Season Return?

The NBA has officially announced that Friday, July 31, is the tentative return start date for the 2020 regular season, with all remaining games to be played at the Walt Disney World Resort facilities in Orlando, Florida.

How Many NBA Teams are Coming Back?

We will see 22 teams return to action this July, with nine coming out of the Eastern Conference and 13 from the Western Conference.

NBA Playoffs Format

The 2020 NBA Playoffs will still feature a 16-team format, including traditional conference-based seeding with best-of-seven series in all rounds following the potential play-in games for each conference's No. 8 seeds. Each team will play eight more "regular-season" games for seeding purposes before the playoffs begin, and these eight games will be determined by selecting from each team's remaining regular-season matchups.

NBA Play-In Tournament Games Format

If the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, no play-in tournament would be necessary. The final playoff berth would simply go to the team with the eighth-best record (regular-season games + seeding games). But if the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, then we'll have a battle for the final spot between those two teams. The tournament would basically be a best-of-two series -- where the No. 9 seed would have to win two head-to-head matchups to take over the No. 8 spot.

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NBA Teams Coming Back for 2020 Season

Eastern Conference Teams (9)

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

Western Conference Teams (13)

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles 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
  • Phoenix Suns

NBA Playoff Odds by Team 2020

All NBA playoff odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and potential play-in tournament games will not count as part of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

1. Nets Odds to Make Playoffs: (-3500)

Nets Odds to Miss Playoffs: (+1700)

2. Magic Odds to Make Playoffs: (-1900)

Magic Odds to Miss Playoffs: (+900)

3. Grizzlies Odds to Make Playoffs: (-160)

Grizzlies Odds to Miss Playoffs: (+135)

4. Pelicans Odds to Make Playoffs: (+420)

Pelicans Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-600)

5. Trail Blazers Odds to Make Playoffs: (+460)

Trail Blazers Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-600)

6. Wizards Odds to Make Playoffs: (+900)

Wizards Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-1900)

7. Kings Odds to Make Playoffs: (+1200)

Kings Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-2100)

8. Spurs Odds to Make Playoffs: (+1200)

Spurs Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-2100)

9. Suns Odds to Make Playoffs: (+5500)

Suns Odds to Miss Playoffs: (-20000)

NBA Championship Odds

NBA Standings

New NBA Finals Date & Schedule for 2020

The updated 2020 NBA Finals start date has yet to be determined, however, the NBA did state that the NBA Finals would end no later than Monday, Oct. 12.

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