As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, the NBA remains on the bench. Last week, the league showed some positivity in assessing when they might return. Keep reading for the latest developments for the National Basketball Association!
NBA Update – April 13th Edition
2020 NBA Championship
- When: TBD
- Where: TBD
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +200
- Milwaukee Bucks +225
- A. Clippers +300
- Houston Rockets +1500
- Boston Celtics +1500
- Toronto Raptors +1600
- Denver Nuggets +2000
- Philadelphia 76ers +2800
- Utah Jazz +3300
- Miami Heat +2800
- Dallas Mavericks +3500
- Indiana Pacers +8000
- New Orleans Pelicans +10000
- Portland Trail Blazers +2000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +10000
- Memphis Grizzlies +50000
- Brooklyn Nets +50000
- Orlando Magic +50000
- San Antonio Spurs +50000
- Phoenix Suns +100000
- Sacramento Kings +100000
NBA remaining positive
Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA won’t discuss shutting down the season or restarting it until May. Although that may sound dire at first, think about it this way, the National Basketball Association won’t discuss restarting the season or shutting it down until May.
In other words, Silver is following President Trump’s 30-day plan to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This makes sense. As the U.S. opens, Silver and the NBA can decide how best to proceed. The more the United States opens its economy in May, no matter the date, the more options the NBA will have to get back onto the court.
Working lockstep with the Trump Administration makes the most sense for the league.
25-day mini NBA preseason in discussion
League personnel are worried that when the league returns, players won’t be in good enough shape. Injuries happen when players haven’t trained or played competitively for long stretches. Already, the NBA’s shutdown is a long stretch.
Because of that, the league has discussed a 25-day program around any potential return. If the league can return in late July or early June, the 25-day program could start some time in May. That’s a good plan. Hopefully, it will happen!
Straight to NBA Playoffs, or resume regular season?
Although the National Basketball Association hasn’t said that they will go directly to the playoffs, that’s the likeliest scenario. Like the NHL, NBA players had scheduled time to play in the 2020 Olympics. Without the Olympics, the NBA has a window to resume play.
But, if the league does want a 25-day period for players to get in shape, the NHL’s get in shape period discussed is 45-days, the NBA must consider jumping right into the postseason. Fans likely won’t mind.
The 16 teams that would make the playoffs if they started today are:
Western Conference: Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Jazz, Thunder, Rockets, Mavericks, Grizzlies
Eastern Conference: Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, Heat, Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic
NBA providing entertainment
In the meantime, the NBA is providing awesome hoops entertainment. This past weekend, Devin Booker beat Phoenix Suns teammate DeAndre Ayton to win the NBA2K Players Tournament.
The HORSE Challenge resumes on Thursday with Chauncey Billups taking on Mike Conley Jr. and Zach LaVine going against Allie Quigley in the semifinals. The NBA HORSE Challenge Final also happens on Thursday. Make sure to check MyBookie for odds.
In the meantime, while you wait for hockey to resume, check out MyBookie’s current betting options. They include horse racing and plenty of eSports. Also, future betting on the NFL, NCAA College Football, and the 2020 Major League Baseball Season!
Bet on NBA2K and NCAA 2K March Madness Simulation Matchups
While we wait for more information from the National Basketball Association, you should head over to MyBookie and get your hoops betting fix by wagering on NBA2K and NCAA 2K March Madness Simulation games. It’s almost like wagering on the real thing!
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