The National Basketball Association is on track to restart their season. A situation may be developing that could derail those plans, though. Check out below for more info and Updated NBA Odds on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) NBA Update!
NBA Update – June 22nd Edition
2020 NBA Championship
- When: September 27 – October 17
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +200
- Milwaukee Bucks +275
- Los Angeles Clippers +300
- Boston Celtics +1200
- Toronto Raptors +1400
- Houston Rockets +1500
- Denver Nuggets +2400
- Philadelphia 76ers +2400
- Miami Heat +3300
- Dallas Mavericks +4000
- Utah Jazz +4000
- Brooklyn Nets +5000
- Indiana Pacers +8000
- New Orleans Pelicans +9000
- Oklahoma City Thunder +9000
- Portland Trail Blazers +15000
- Memphis Grizzlies +17500
- Orlando Magic +17500
- San Antonio Spurs +17500
- Phoenix Suns +2000
- Sacramento Kings +25000
- Washington Wizards +30000
Coronavirus cases rising in Florida calls into question NBA’s Orlando restart
Florida did not have a great weekend. On Saturday, the Sunshine State reported the most Covid-19 positives in a single day.
Officials in Florida said that there were 4,049 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday. It was the seventh day in the last ten where Florida has set a single-day record of positive new cases.
The trend isn’t good. The bad news regarding new cases in Florida called into question the NBA’s plans to restart their season at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Last week, Commissioner Adam Silver had a conference call with team representatives while the National Basketball Players Association had a virtual town hall to discuss the rising cases in Florida.
Both agreed that things don’t look nearly as good as they did in the prior week. Still, Silver is determined to continue with the NBA bubble concept.
Silver has reason to believe the NBA can pull off a restart
The NBA must restart the season. The National Basketball Association has already lost too much revenue. If they don’t finish the 2020 season, what will 2021 look like?
That’s the most important thing to understand. Players have taken pay cuts. The league has let every player know that if they wish to sit out the Orlando Playoffs they can without fear of losing their jobs for next season.
But those guarantees rest on the idea that the NBA gets back to work in 2020. Owners may not have the necessary funds to continue to run their teams unless the league starts bringing in money.
The chances of the NBA cancelling are slim to none.
But, there are also other reasons why the NBA could pull off the Orlando Playoffs.
The spike in Florida cases are in South Florida, specifically, Miami-Dade County. Orlando is located in Orange County. That’s far from where most of the cases have happened.
Most teams won’t arrive to Orlando until July 7, 8, or 9. The Toronto Raptors won’t arrive until July 12. League officials hope that’s enough time for the Florida case curve to flatten.
Also, the NBA will start testing players on Tuesday, June 23. Players that test positive can quarantine for a couple of weeks before traveling to Orlando.
NBA’s 113-page proposal points to a restart
The National Basketball Association’s 113-page proposal points to a restart. As long as players like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo decide to participate, the Orlando Playoffs should happen.
Consider Florida’s coronavirus case spike on the NBA restart screen. If new cases start to subside, most NBA players figure to participate in the season resumption.
Fingers crossed that the NBA plays their first regular season games since the shutdown on July 30.