Hope remains for the NBA. The National Basketball Association has yet to announce that they’ve canceled the current season. They haven’t announced that they will resume the season at some point. But, for now, no news is good news. There are positive rumors and predictions about the National Basketball Association regarding the pause due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Let’s get to the weekly NBA update!
- When: TBD
- Where: TBD
2020 NBA Championship Odds
- Los Angeles Lakers +200
- Milwaukee Bucks +225
- L.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
Some in the Know Almost “100-Percent” Sure NBA Resumes Without Fans
On a recent podcast, LeBron James, whom everyone agrees speaks for the players in the league, said that he couldn’t imagine a sporting event without fans. But, that’s not likely to happen. If the NBA does resume, those in the know like Brian Windhorst of ESPN is almost positive that it will resume without fans.
The key for any sports league to resume play is to first ensure a safe environment for players, coaches, and television crews. Like the NFL, NHL, and MLB, television contracts bring the most revenue to the National Basketball Association. ABC, TNT, and ESPN will want to ensure that their employees are safe from Covid-19 exposure.
We’re a long way from actual play in the NBA. Luckily for fans, there’s a blueprint.
NBA Could Follow the Chinese Basketball Association’s Lead
The CBA hoped to resume play the first week of April. They moved that to April 15. Now, the Chinese Basketball Association has said that they’re resuming play either in May or June.
Just last week, the Chinese Basketball Association recalled American players back to China. That’s great news. NBA players like Jeremy Lin and Lance Stephenson should have landed in China, or are in the process of going back to their place of employment.
If the 3-month period the Chinese Basketball Association appears to be working on is the same for professional basketball in the U.S., the NBA could resume in late May or early June. That’s the time-period the NBA has discussed in closed-door discussions with owners.
Like CBA, NBA Could Cluster Teams in 2 Cities
It’s important for the NBA to at least have the 2020 playoffs. That’s not even a discussion. Executives have taken a 20% pay cut. Soon, players may also take a pay cut. The NBA will resume playing this season.
When the NBA does, the play could resemble what the Chinese may do. Although nothing is set in stone, the CBA most likely will create a bubble where games are played in a round-robin format in just 1 or 2 cities.
The NBA could do this. Per Windhorst, the NBA could play at a casino property in Las Vegas, somewhere in the Bahamas, or at a college campus in the Midwest. Owners and players may agree to play at all 3 of those locations.
It all depends. No matter the decision, it will be nice to at least view NBA games on television. It will also be great for NBA bettors like us to get back to wagering on games.
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