Orlando Bubble

Orlando Bubble: Format, Schedule, and Invited Teams

To continue with the 2019-20 NBA season amid the coronavirus pandemic, NBA commissioner Adam Silver proposed a revised regular-season plan for teams that are in clear contention for playoff entry. The Orlando Bubble will see 22 out of the 30 teams from the league competing for the NBA championship inside the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA Bubble will host revised regular-season fixtures and the playoffs inside Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. There are three facilities inside the complex where the games will take place.

The 22 invited teams are assigned hotels based on their seeding from the NBA table. Top four seeds from each conference will be staying at the Grand Destino, while the mid-four from the East and West will be staying at the Grand Floridian. The remaining six (five from the west and one from the east) will be staying at the Yacht Club.

The 22 teams from both conferences will play eight games each, which will count as per the regular-season format. Upon completion of these fixtures, there might be a possibility of a play-in tournament between the #8 and #9 seeds if the latter is within four games of the former. Post this, the playoffs will commence in the traditional best-of-seven series format.

However, strict social distancing must be followed at all times inside the Orlando Bubble. Using a mask is necessary at all times, except during meals. During games, each team will have two rows of benches. While the first bench isn’t required to wear masks, the second bench, consisting of coaches and trainers, have to wear them at all times.

Other facilities inside the Orlando Bubble

To keep the players engaged, each hotel will have a players-only lounge area consisting of televisions and gaming areas. Besides these facilities, the players will also receive access to barbers and spa services.

Moreover, the NBA has organized for DJ sets and movie screenings to keep the athletes occupied during non-game time. Additionally, players can try their hand at fishing, bowling, corn holes, and other outdoor activities.

Teams participating in the Orlando Bubble

Eastern Conference: Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards.

Western Conference: Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

Schedule

July 30 – August 14 – Seeding Games

August 15-16 – Play In Tournaments

August 17 – Playoffs begin

August 30 – Family/Guests of teams arrive

August 31 – September 13 – Conference Semi-Finals

September 15 – September 28 – Conference Finals

September 30 – October 13 – NBA Finals

Where to watch the action from the Orlando Bubble?

There will be 88 seeding games played inside the bubble by the 22 teams. Furthermore, TNT will telecast the first two games of the restart. (6:30 p.m. E.T & 9:00 p.m. E.T)

ESPN will begin telecasting the games starting July 31, when the Celtics take on the Bucks (6:30 p.m. E.T). Moreover, ABC will telecast two games on August 2, when the Trail Blazers take on the Celtics (6:30 p.m. E.T) and when the Bucks face the Rockets (9:00 p.m. E.T)

The games will be streamed on NBA TV during the first week. There will be seven games shown on NBA TV during this period, starting from July 31.

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