When the NBA announced its decision to bring a halt to the 2019-20 campaign, many wondered if the season would be wiped from the records. The announcement was made after Denver’s road game at Dallas had got underway. The Mavericks went on to win that game, 113-97, to improve Dallas’ record to 43-22 at the top of the Northwest Division, but the team’s hopes of playing in the playoffs for the second successive season looked to be over because of the suspension of sports from COVID-19. However, the NBA has managed to put together a plan to finish the 2019-20 season with plenty of caveats.
It was decided “Project Restart” would be a condensed schedule involving only the teams who had either secured a playoff spot or were battling for a spot when the campaign was halted. To ensure the safety of the players involved, all remaining games would be contested at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., without fans. Players who do not feel comfortable playing in the current environment, for fear of being exposed to COVID-19, had the option to opt-out. The restart will feature 22 teams who will each play eight games to determine the postseason seedings. No team will have home-court advantage, although the Orlando Magic will technically be playing in their