The National Basketball Association hopes to resume the 2019-2020 NBA Season took a pessimistic turn last week. However, there remains some hope, albeit slim, that players could soon get back onto the hard courts. Check out our NBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Update for Monday, April 6.
NBA Update – April 6th 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
Chinese Basketball Association Delayed the Start to Their Season
The CBA was all set to resume play. That is, until they realized that they had no way of knowing if an asymptomatic Covid-19 carrier stepped onto the basketball court or not. The NBA had thought they could follow the Chinese model, which implied a return in April. But the Chinese Government shut down all sports and closed all movie theaters.
Asymptomatic carriers are a huge issue. A study from Iceland details that 50% of coronavirus carriers show no symptoms. That’s led to the understanding that fast and broad testing is the only way to ensure that it’s safe for fans to attend games.
President Trump Spoke to Heads of Major Sports Leagues Including NBA
President Trump spoke to the heads of the major sports leagues over the weekend to express his hope that fans could soon return to stadiums to watch games live. Governors throughout the nation, including Gavin Newsom in California, said that probably won’t happen.
However, Adam Silver said that he hoped the NBA could be a part of any sports restart. If play does resume, it will be without fans until an anti-body vaccine has proven to work. Human trials for such a vaccine won’t happen until August.
NBA Taking Steps to Put 25% of Players’ Salaries in Escrow
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, the National Basketball Association mustn’t pay players anything for situations like the coronavirus pandemic. However, NBA owners and the league have struck a deal where 25% of the players’ salaries for this season remain in escrow.
The league will take money from players with shortened pay schedules, like LeBron James, from next season’s contract. Future free agents that are on shortened pay schedules, like the Sacramento Kings’ Kent Bazemore, will take a larger hit than the 25%.
The fact that players and owners are working together is a good sign. It’s also a sign that the reality that the league may not resume play this season has set in, though.
NBA Can Return if Testing Becomes More Commonplace
The bottom line? The NBA will return if testing becomes more commonplace and much quicker. Supposedly, a test that shows whether you have had Covid-19, or currently have it, in 5 minutes should be available within a week or so.
Even if it is, NBA Players and the league said they won’t take the test from people who really need it. So, things aren’t looking great for the league to resume play. But the league remains hopeful.
On MyBookie, NBA Betting Without Live NBA Games
Although things don’t look good for the NBA to return to play this season, the league most definitely wants to start the new season like it always does in late October and early November. That’s good. What else is good?
You can get your NBA fix by wagering on NBA 2K Sim matchups. The NBA and NBA2K ran the first couple of rounds for the NBA2K Players Tournament this weekend. Odds for the quarterfinal matchups should post to MyBookie this week. Finally, the NBA is talking about putting together a game of H.O.R.S.E. MyBookie will have odds for that as well. You can bet on the NBA even though there are no live NBA games!
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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