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NBA Return: DraftKings News, Odds and Calendar

In early June, NBA Board of Governors approved by a vote of 29-1 on a plan to bring the league back in 2020. Under the proposed plan, the NBA return would take place in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Resort with the teams living…


NBA Return Plan

In early June, NBA Board of Governors approved by a vote of 29-1 on a plan to bring the league back in 2020. Under the proposed plan, the NBA return would take place in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World Resort with the teams living there for the duration of the season. Twenty-two teams would take part in this restart, which includes all 16 teams that were in a playoff spot in addition to the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards. These teams were selected, as they were out of playoff contention by six games or less and theoretically were still in the playoff hunt in their respective conferences. The NBA’s return date was originally set for July 31 with the Finals potentially stretching to October 12 for Game 7 of the Finals. However, a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on June 11 states that the NBA is targeting a slightly earlier return date of July 30. Training camps are set to resume on June 30, with all the teams required to travel to Orlando by July 7. On June 12, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the following expected restart dates:


  • July 30: Seeding games begin
  • August 15: Play-in tournament begins
  • August 17: Playoffs begin
  • August 31: Conference semi-finals begin
  • September 15: Conference finals begin
  • September 30: NBA Finals begin

After the conclusion of the postseason, the NBA Draft will take place on October 15 and free agency is set to follow on October 18.

The new format in the NBA return plan includes the 22 teams playing in eight regular-season games to determine seeding for the eventual playoffs. They’ll be a play-in tournament if the ninth seed is four or fewer games behind the eighth seed at the conclusion of the regular season. If that were to occur, the eighth seed would enter a double-elimination tournament, which would be a more favorable scenario for them, as the ninth seed would be in a single-elimination tournament.

This unique and innovative scenario is different than what we’ve seen from the plans of the NHL. The hockey league looking at jumping right into the playoffs from where the teams ended before the league shut down due to COVID-19. In their plan, the top 12 teams in each conference would be seeded as they were and play in two hub cities, which would each host a conference. The NBA is allowing teams to potentially move up or down in seeding and allowing teams that were close to a playoff spot to earn their keep. When the NBA starts back, it should not only bring the excitement of the playoffs but in such a unique and thrilling format that will fill the void basketball fans have been without for months.


NBA Return To Practice

With the NBA return set in 2020, we should start to see more news of teams opening up their practice facilities. Prior to the announcement being made about the league’s return Thursday afternoon, the Bulls, 76ers, Nets, Hornets, Thunder and Clippers had either opened their facilities or were holding voluntary workouts. Unfortunately for some of those teams, specifically the Hornets and Bulls, they will not be participating in the 22 team format. Other teams, like the Celtics, will be opening their practice facilities starting on June 6 as states start to ease the restrictions that were put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Curious about when major leagues and events will return? Check out our DraftKings Sports Calendar for the latest updates.


NBA Health Protocols

Under the new plan for the upcoming season, we’ll see new protocols taking place to ensure that players and personal alike remain healthy. The league is taking a number of health precautions ahead of the season in response to how the NBA was affected by the coronavirus that includes:


All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

For more analysis, check out our article on the top title contenders here.

We also have a primer on NBA odds as the season nears its restart in Orlando here.


Eastern Conference Championship Odds on DraftKings Sportsbook

  • MIL Bucks (-165)
  • BOS Celtics (+700)
  • TOR Raptors (+700)
  • MIA Heat (+900)
  • PHI 76ers (+900)
  • IND Pacers (+3300)
  • BKN Nets (+10000)
  • ORL Magic (+10000)
  • WAS Wizards (+15000)

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

For more analysis, check out our article on the top Eastern Conference contenders here.

Western Conference Championship Odds on DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Lakers (+160)
  • Los Angeles Clippers (+180)
  • Houston Rockets (+700)
  • Denver Nuggets (+1200)
  • Utah Jazz (+1400)
  • Dallas Mavericks (+2000)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (+4000)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (+6600)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (+8000)
  • Memphis Grizzlies (+12000)
  • Phoenix Suns (+25000)
  • Sacramento Kings (+25000)
  • San Antonio Spurs (+25000)

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

For more analysis, check out our article on the top Western Conference contenders here.


Odds To Reach Playoffs 2019/2020 on DraftKings Sportsbook

  • Brooklyn Nets: Yes (-10000)/No (+1200)
  • Memphis Grizzlies: Yes (-150)/No (+120)
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Yes (+400)/No (-670)
  • Orlando Magic: Yes (-10000)/No (+1200)
  • Phoenix Suns: Yes (+6000)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Yes (+350)/No (-590)
  • Sacramento Kings: Yes (+1100)/No (-10000)
  • San Antonio Spurs: Yes (+1300)/No (-10000)
  • Washington Wizards: Yes (+1300)/No (-10000)

All odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.

For more analysis, check out our article on our top reaching the playoff bets here.


NBA Player Awards Odds

As the NBA gets ready to resume its season, the betting markets for the awards races are starting to come back online as excitement builds for play to return. You’ll find a comprehensive breakdown and analysis for each of this year’s player awards here.


What about the 2020-2021 NBA season?

While everyone is more than excited for the NBA to return, the elephant in the room is how it’ll affect the 2020-2021 season. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the NBA season could potentially resume on December 1, 2020. With Game 7 of the NBA Finals scheduled on October 12, there’s only a short window to prepare for the next season with training camps targetting a November 10 return. The dates do remain fluid, so expect the league to provide another announcement after the Larry O’Brien trophy is presented.

Restarting the league quickly does pose an injury concern, especially when you consider the long layoff due to the coronavirus and going into an intense and fast format. The NBA is certainly doing their part to try and help quell those concerns but no plan can be perfect. In a sport that endures so many injuries, to begin with, it’ll be something to watch out for.

Before the speculating begin, it’s fair to say that the NBA has taken a cautious and thoughtful approach on how to handle coming back from the shutdown the league endured from COVID-19 back on March 11. With the league coming back on July 31, it marked 141 days between games taking place. If they feel a return on Christmas is too early, Adam Silver and the NBA Board of Governors would carve out a plan that not only makes sense for the league but it’s players as well. For now, we have an NBA season returning that’ll provide the immense amount of entertainment we so desperately crave.


Looking ahead to the NBA Draft

First Overall Pick: Anthony Edwwards (-110) | James Wiseman (+175) | LaMelo Ball (+250) | Obi Toppin (+1000)

Julian Edlow took a look at the odds for the first overall pick after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday, June 4 that the NBA Draft is scheduled for October 15. Anthony Edwards (-110) is the favorite, and the only one of the top three that we had a decent look at in college. The SG averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 boards and 2.8 assists as a freshman at Georgia. James Wiseman (+175) was the top college recruit heading into last season, but played just three games for Memphis due to eligibility issues — he did essentially average 20 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. LaMelo Ball (+250) is actually my favorite play, and was recently being offered at -106. Ball’s name gets attached to his father, but NBA scouts will tell you that LaMelo made legitimate strides overseas to become a professional. He has the highest ceiling of the group, which a team should find worth taking a shot on at No. 1 in a weak draft. Obi Toppin (+1000) is the only other consideration as a long shot. We also took a look at the odds for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft with analysis here.


NBA Return Analysis from DK Nation


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