Finally, it seems that sports betting is about to open up again. Indeed, the NBA League is all set to restart on July 31st. But with only 22 out of the 30 teams. As such, these 22 clubs will be made up of the 16 teams from the Eastern and Western Conference. Then, the other 6 teams will be the ones within 6 games of the postseason spots on both of these conferences. Each of these 22 teams will come back to play 8 games to set up the seeding for the playoffs. They will complete the games in the typical format. As of now, NJ’s bookmakers have yet to confirm if they’ll be offering odds on the upcoming games. But, the Golden Nugget, Borgata, and Ocean Casino Resort will likely seize the occasion to get back on their feet after such a long break.
The Play-In Tournament a new format?
To sum things up, there will be a ‘play-in tournament’ if any 9th seed team comes within four games of taking 8th spot at the season end. If that is the case, then the number 9 seed team would have to beat the 8 seed team twice consecutively. However, the number 8 seed team would only need to win once. The NBA Commissioner did want to get rid of the conference-based postseason. Instead, he wanted to seed the teams 1 to 16 using their season records. What’s more, this would have been the perfect season for this with all playoff teams in the same place.
The Winners and Losers
All and all, if they did do away with these playoffs. Then the Milwaukee Bucks would come out as the biggest losers. This is because the Bucks’ Eastern Conference is a lot weaker than its Western Conference. If they had beaten the LA Clippers and LA Lakers, they could have won the title. This would no longer be possible. Overall, Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA at 53-12. However, as it will be on a neutral court, home advantage won’t be a factor. Now the Bucks are second-favorites, with LA Lakers as the favorites. But let’s see what the bookmakers’ odds say. Hopefully, and by the look of things, it seems that sports betting could be back in full swing imminently. With that said, things could still be shaken up. After all, Miami is imposing new social distancing measures this week. And maybe Orlando will follow.