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Report: NBA considering playoff format including 20-24 teams

After the NHL announced its 24-team plan, the NBA could follow suit to allow more teams a chance at competing.

Detail of a Spalding basketball with NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s signature during the second half of the game between the Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 10, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NBA is expected to discuss its plan to restart the season in a Board of Governors meeting on Friday. In this meeting, commissioner Adam Silver and the contingent will talk about potential ideas on how to bring back the regular season and playoffs. Among these ideas is the regular season returning in an abbreviated capacity. Another is ending the regular season and going right into the postseason.

The League is considering the idea of using a playoff format including 20-24 teams, per ESPN. This would allow 4-8 teams who might have a shot at a playoff berth the opportunity to compete for a spot. Though many players want all 30 teams to come back to play the regular season, there’s increased skepticism. The extended format would allow the season to be fairly settled without more question marks.

The 20-team format makes the most sense. If the NBA opts for a 1-16 seeding system and more of a traditional bracket, the teams in the play-in round would be mostly comprised of bubble teams in the West. If it’s 24 teams, that may be a bit much. Still, it gives the majority of the League a shot at competing in the playoffs, which should make all parties happy.