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The NBA is Returning to Action

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The NBA is Returning to Action
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The NBA will have a meeting tomorrow where they look set to decide on a possible return date. All of the news up to now has been speculative but tomorrow’s meeting is different. If the board of governors can get a two thirds majority from the 30 teams, the NBA will be back.

The NBA Looks Set to Announce Their Return

Tomorrow at 12:30 Eastern Standard time, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will meet with the board of governors to make a proposal. If approved, that proposal could see the NBA return to action as of July 31st. This is fantastic news for NBA fans around the globe and of course sports bettors as well. There has been a ton of speculation since the NBA postponed their season back on March 12th but this news is not just talk. Media sources from coast to coast are treating this meeting as more of a formality with most outlets saying that the NBA is effectively back.

While the details still need to be ironed out, it does appear that the league has worked out the details on how to conclude this unique season. All of the games will be played at one location with the teams and their respective staff members quarantined at the site of the games. There will also be an abbreviated regular season before we start the playoffs. Let’s take a closer look at how this will all play out.

Games to Be Held at Disney Sports Complex

Without knowing how or where games would be played, if at all, one thing was always clear. If the NBA was going to come back, all of the games would have to be played at one site. The idea of traveling from city to city during a health crisis while most of the country is on an imposed lockdown just would not be possible.

The real question was where would the games be played? The league seems to have finally settled on the Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando Florida. In terms of venues, it makes perfect sense. Clearly Disney has a property big enough to fit all of the players and the facilities to accommodate their needs for a long period of time.

With that part out of the way, all that was left for the league to do is figure out how to play out the rest of the season on the court.

There Will Be 22 Teams Returning to Action

Not everyone in the league will be coming back. It appears that only 22 of the 30 teams in the league will be playing out the rest of the regular season and playoffs. There will be 9 teams from the Eastern Conference and 13 teams from the west. All 16 teams that had playoff spots will participate plus 6 teams from the chasing pack.

Those teams are the New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards. While some might think it’s not fair for the west to have more teams than the east, one look at the eastern conference standing is sure to change your mind.

The 22 teams will play 8 regular season games for playoff seeding purposes. For those looking for a wrinkle from the league in terms of who can make it, you’ll be happy to know that the 8th seed will be a hotly contested battle until the last day. As per reports, if there are less than 4 games separating the 8th and 9th seed, they will play a double elimination play in tournament.

At the moment, the eighth seed in the west is Memphis. Four of the five add-in teams from the west (everyone except Phoenix) were within four games of the Grizzlies to end the season. It’s a great move by the league to generate interest in the teams fighting for the last spot.

Jammin with Jay Money Is Back

If the NBA is back, that means that Jammin with Jay Money is back! I miss working with the crew and I have to say that I’m super excited to get things underway.

The league isn’t set to start again until July 31st so there will be plenty of time to get back into the swing of things between now and then. As far as sports bettors go, we can’t wait to be back to help everyone make the right investments with their betting dollars. Speaking of betting dollars, what does the NBA plan to do about future bets at the best sportsbooks? I won’t be mad that the Charlotte Hornets won’t be back in action for example. I had their season win total at under 24 and they have 23 wins.

At the same time, I have the Suns over 30 wins and now I get 8 games for them to try and at least push (they’re currently 26-39). There are so many questions that we need answers to before making NBA picks like how NBA odds will be affected by lack of a home crowd? Some teams like Miami can’t seem to win away from home. How will they look on a neutral court and how will that affect how oddsmakers set their price?

While sports bettors might have more questions than answers right now, the most important questions seem to have been answered. The NBA looks set to start on July 31st with a possible game 7 of the Finals tentatively scheduled for October 7th. It looks like the NBA is back and I can’t wait to get back to work with Jay, Jordan and Teddy!