NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando

The NBA officially revealed its schedule for the resumption of the 2019-20 season following the coronavirus-enforced break, and opening night features a star rookie and a marquee matchup. 

Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Utah Jazz at the Disney World complex near Orlando at 6:30 p.m. ET on July 30 in the first game of the resumed season, which will consist of a 22-team format.

The second game of the nationally televised doubleheader, at 9 p.m. has LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers facing Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The opening game will come more than four months after the season was paused on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert became the first player in the league to test positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, the league officially completed talks with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on the terms for restarting the season, paving the way for the 88-game schedule of what are being called seeding games between 22 teams to be released. 

“We’re coming back because sports matter in our society,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “They bring people together when they need it most.”

Each team will play eight “seeding” games that will take place in a 16-day span before ending on August 14.

The league will then begin a typical playoff format with the NBA Finals set to begin September 30 and ending no later than October 13. 

Excluding the opening night of the restart, there will be between four to seven games each day spread across three different courts. 

Games will start as early as 1 p.m. ET on weekdays, 12:30 on weekends and ending with 9 p.m. ET starts.

Here are the schedules for the 22 teams:

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Houston Rockets

Indiana Pacers

LA Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards

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