The struggle for the seventh seed begins immediately.
When the NBA resumes play at Disney’s self-contained campus in Florida, the Nets (30-34), who at present keep a fifty percent-activity guide for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Meeting, will resume perform with their initially of two remaining against the eighth-spot Magic (30-35) on July 31 (2:30 p.m.).
With the Nets unable to boost their standing in the 8 “seeding” video games remaining before the playoffs, the seventh spot in no way has been additional important, presented the implementation of a opportunity perform-in series. The hypothetical matchup only will take put if the No. 9 seed — the ninth-place Wizards (24-40) are presently 5 ½ game titles at the rear of the Magic and the most affordable-standing Jap Meeting crew involved in the 22-team restart — finishes within just 4 game titles of the No. 8 seed. In a play-in collection, the No. 9 seed would will need to sweep two online games to advance, when the No. 8 seed would only have to have to gain one sport.
The Nets’ — who will be with no Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — 2nd recreation comes against the Wizards on Aug. 2 (2 p.m.), adopted by the league-greatest Bucks (53-12) on Aug. 4 (1:30 p.m.), the Celtics (43-21) on Aug. 5 (9 p.m.), the Kings (28-36) on Aug. 7 (5 p.m.), the Clippers (44-20) on Aug. 9 (9 p.m.), the Magic on Aug. 11 (1 p.m.) and the Trail Blazers (29-37) on Aug. 13 (TBD).
All through the common period, which was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, the Nets went 4-6 from their opponents of the eight impending game titles, which consists of a pair of losses to equally Orlando and Washington.
The Magic, who facial area the Kings, Pacers, Raptors, 76ers, Celtics and Pelicans, went 6-7 towards their remaining opponents. The Wizards, who encounter the Suns, Pacers, 76ers, Pelicans, Thunder, Bucks and Celtics, went 6-5 all through the regular season against their approaching opponents.
If required, a play-in sequence would commence on Aug. 15, although the to start with spherical of the playoffs is scheduled to start off on Aug. 17.
Final yr, the Nets manufactured their very first playoff overall look in 4 many years, shedding in 5 video games in the initially round to the 76ers as the 6-seed.